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Dunedin tourney: Comebacks come more easily to CCC

DUNEDIN — Another win, another comeback for Clearwater Central Catholic.

In their first game of the Dunedin Spring Invitational, the Marauders erased a three-run deficit to beat Palm Harbor University 8-7.

"I'm pleased that we won, but we made way too many blunders in all aspects of the game," CCC coach Todd Vaughan said.

The Marauders trailed 7-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning when they rallied, sending eight batters up and scoring three to tie the game that eventually went into extra innings.

In the 10th inning, Patrick Camporini hit a bases-loaded double that brought in the winning run. The Hurricanes were led by Danny Murray and Zac Johnson, who each had two hits.

CCC advances to play Tampa Catholic tonight at 7. The game is a rematch of last year's championship game, which the Crusaders won.

East Lake 7, Countryside 4: The Eagles started off trailing 4-0 before rallying to beat their north county rival.

"We usually come out and build a lead on most teams," East Lake coach Mike White said. "It's nice to see we can win in all kinds of fashion."

The Eagles chipped away at the deficit, scoring three runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and adding insurance runs in the fifth and sixth. Drew Posavec and Brett Donnelly each had two singles for East Lake.

On Thursday, the Eagles play St. Petersburg Catholic in a semifinal game at 8 p.m.

St. Petersburg Catholic 12, Pinellas Park 1: The Barons blew open a tight game, scoring two runs in the third, three in the fifth and six in the sixth inning.

Bobby Twitty started for the Barons and had a no-hitter through four. He also hit a run-scoring double.

The Patriots' Justin Warren hit a home run to avoid the shutout.

St. Petersburg 4, Greenacres John I. Leonard 1: The Green Devils got to a quick start and held on for the win.

St. Petersburg scored a run each in the first and third innings to build a lead it wouldn't relinquish. Tyler Moll had two singles to lead the offense. Dakota McLean got the start and allowed four hits to pick up the win.

The Green Devils play host Dunedin tonight at 7.

Tarpon Springs 8, River Ridge 1: Chris Ruggiero allowed two hits in six innings to lead the Spongers.

Ruggiero also was impressive at the plate, hitting a two-run double. Matt Freburg and John Lynch each had hits for Tarpon.

The Spongers advance to play Tallahassee Maclay in a consolation game Thursday at 5.

Dunedin tourney: Comebacks come more easily to CCC 03/31/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 1:25am]
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