CLEARWATER — With four straight losses, St. Petersburg Catholic no longer resembled the bunch that started the season 4-1. Simply put, the Barons were in a funk and were searching for the best antidote.
Justin Tedder provided it.
The sophomore put on a dazzling performance, pitching a complete game four-hitter to help St. Petersburg Catholic end its slide with a 1-0 victory Tuesday over district rival Clearwater Central Catholic.
"Justin said he wanted to pitch and was going to stop the losing streak," Barons coach John Vigue said.
All Vigue had to do was hand Tedder the ball, sit back and watch.
Tedder found the Marauders' weak spots and threw right at them nearly every time. He did it by serving CCC batters table scraps, stuff they couldn't really smack. Those who did make contact mostly dribbled the ball into the infield.
"Justin had all of his pitches working and was able to keep them off-balance," Vigue said.
Clearwater Central Catholic starter Patrick Camporini was just as strong, allowing five hits, all singles. The only time he ran into trouble was in the second inning when he loaded the bases. St. Petersburg Catholic (5-5) capitalized, scoring its only run on a squeeze bunt by Kolbe Andrade to bring home Tim McKay, who reached on a single.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Marauders (6-6) threatened as Preston Packrell led off with a double. CCC's Cody Slaughter then hit a sacrifice bunt to put Packrell on third with one out.
But Tedder got out of the jam by getting the next batter to ground out and striking out the final one.
"We pitched well enough to win," Marauders coach Todd Vaughan said. "We just struggled to put anything together against their guy."