Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Baseball: CCC tops East Lake 4-1

EAST LAKE — David Paul was motivated to pitch well against East Lake on Thursday.

The Clearwater Central Catholic senior grew up playing with most of the East Lake players, so after the final out in a 4-1 win Paul jumped a little higher and put a more emphasis on his fist pump.

"This game, even though it wasn't a conference game or anything, was the biggest game I've ever played in my life," Paul said. "I'm happy I was able to go out and do my thing and our defense did their thing and we strung some hits together."

Paul pitched a complete-game three-hitter, although he did walk five and hit two batters. Second baseman Derek Gibree had an RBI, a run scored and a spectacular defensive play in the fifth. Andrew Murphy was 3-for-4, shortstop Zuriel Collins had a nice defensive play and Brenden Overton had a hit and a run scored.

CCC, now 10-0 entering the Dunedin spring tournament, looked shaky in the first three innings Thursday.

Paul got out of trouble in the first inning when he gave up two singles. Then in the third, East Lake (10-4) scored without getting a hit.

Brad Deppermann led off with a walk. But he was caught stealing. Cameron Churchill then walked and one out later Ian Lisle was hit by a pitch. The Eagles then put on a double steal. CCC catcher Andrew Mink's throw to second sailed into centerfield, allowing Churchill to score.

CCC got three runs in the top of the fourth. With one out and one on, Overton singled to put runners on first and second. Paul then singled off Deppermann to score Gibree and tie the game.

One out and one walk later, Nick Dohse grounded to Andrew Prozillo at second. But Prozillo bobbled the ball and it allowed two runners to score.

East Lake's best chance to tie the game came in the fifth. The Eagles put their first two runners on, but a pickoff at second base led to the first out. Then, on a hit-and-run, Churchill grounded to second. Gibree lunged to his right to snag the grounder and start an unassisted double play to end the inning.

"That was huge," Paul said. "As a pitcher, you love to see that."

CCC tacked on a run in the seventh and Paul got the final three outs to seal the win.

Baseball: CCC tops East Lake 4-1 03/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:46am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  2. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  3. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108
  5. What they're saying about Dave Andreychuk making Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    "Dave helped me so much when I was just starting my career, a young kid that was looking to find his way as a hockey player, a person and a member of the Tampa Bay community. In addition to watching him compile such awe-inspiring statistics, I remember him as a big brother to me and many others, making sure all the …