TAMPA — There were times when Ryan Weber was off his game.
The Clearwater Central Catholic right-hander allowed five hits, including two doubles. He walked one batter. And he hit another.
But when the Marauders needed Weber to make a big pitch, he would reach back and throw one that disappeared below an unsuspecting hitter's bat.
Pretty soon, it was the seventh inning, and Weber was still out there, still mowing them down.
Jesuit had a fighting chance against Weber's worst pitches. But the Tigers were no match for Weber's best, and as a result, CCC romped to a 9-3 victory.
It is the third straight year the Marauders have beaten Jesuit.
"I thought overall it was a pretty efficient game," CCC coach Todd Vaughan said. "We had some good pitching, good fielding, and we got hits at the right time."
Ahead 3-0, the Marauders broke the game open when Patrick Camporini hit a double that brought in three runs. Camporini finished 2-for-3 with two stolen bases.
James Dowdell and Joe McLemore also had two hits for CCC (21-2).
That gave Weber more than enough cushion. He gave up one run in the third inning and two more in the sixth. He left after striking out the first two batters in the seventh, finishing with seven strikeouts.
Dominic Delmonte relieved Weber and got the next batter to ground out to end the game.
The Tigers (19-6) were led by Matthew Gonzalez and Greg Dupell, who each had doubles.
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