DUNEDIN — Clearwater Central Catholic bore little resemblance to the team that won the Dunedin Spring Invitational last season. After all, six starters graduated, two of whom were drafted.
What the Marauders still had was a strong rotation.
And that was enough Monday.
Patrick Camporini threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout as CCC beat Tarpon Springs 7-0 in the first round.
"I just went out there and threw strikes and tried to hammer the zone," Camporini said.
The junior right-hander allowed a leadoff single in the first inning before retiring the next 14 batters. He finished with nine strikeouts.
The Marauders scored twice in the first off an error and a passed ball. Then they broke the game open in the fifth, scoring five runs, highlighted by James Dowdell's three-run homer.
"We need to start stringing some wins together," said CCC coach Todd Vaughan, who needs one more victory to get to 400 in his career. "Hopefully tis is the start."
Countryside 3, Pinellas Park 2: The Cougars got things started in the first inning on a two-run double by Kyle Leja.
Chris Frey picked up his first win.
"We haven't been hitting the baseball," Countryside coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "But our pitching has been there and that's what got us through."
SP Catholic 6, St. Petersburg 2: The Barons came back from a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the sixth inning.
The rally started when Connor Obrochta led off the sixth with a triple, then scored on a double by Justin Tedder.
Tedder scored on a double by Chris McKay to tie the game. Designated hitter Jake Foerster, who was hit by a pitch, walked in for the winning run after Tito Santos was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
River Ridge 7, PHU 6: The Hurricanes watched a 5-0 lead disappear as they lost for the fourth time in their past five games.
The Royal Knights came back by scoring three runs in the fourth and four in the sixth.
Zac Johnson and Max Cameron each had doubles and Anthony Diaz had two doubles to lead Palm Harbor University.