ST. PETERSBURG — Tim McKay took deep breaths, nodded and pulled down his cap, all in a few seconds. It was a snapshot St. Petersburg Catholic has seen plenty of times. It was the picture of a pitcher, a perfectionist of a pitcher, at work.
McKay was not perfect against Shorecrest on Tuesday, but he was very good in powering the Barons to an 11-0 victory that was called after six innings because of the mercy rule.
St. Petersburg Catholic (6-3) scored a run each in the first and fourth innings to give McKay an early lead, and the Barons erupted for seven runs in the fifth to make a warm day a successful one for them, too.
After starting 2-2, SPC has won four of its past five games, including a key district win over Clearwater Central Catholic on March 5.
The rebound came last week following a lopsided loss to Tampa Catholic.
"I was struggling in that game and trying to do too much," said McKay, who was the starter against Tampa Catholic. "This time I came out, slowed down and just threw the ball."
Against the Chargers, McKay was a model of efficiency. He got through five innings with just 38 pitches.
The only hit allowed was a double by Marc Brakeman in the fourth inning.
In the fifth, SPC's offense broke open a close game with seven runs off six hits. The Barons sent 11 batters up and chased two Shorecrest pitchers.
The big hits came from Bobby Twitty, Jake Foerster and Corey Baptist, who each had doubles.
"I think our pitching and defense have been sharp lately," SPC coach John Vigue said. "We're really cutting down on the errors and the walks, and that's helped us get things going."