CLEARWATER — St. Petersburg Catholic's already depleted lineup was dealt another blow Friday at Clearwater Central Catholic with the absence of Kristy Fudge.
Fudge, who spent two days in the hospital earlier in the week with a viral infection and is day-to-day, splits time at pitcher with Notre Dame signee Chloe Saganowich.
So Saganowich had to go the distance against the Marauders.
It's a role Saganowich thrived in the past two seasons as the Barons' lone ace.
Against CCC, the senior right-hander was again in top form, coming one base hit away from a no-hitter in the Barons' 10-0, six-inning victory that was shortened because of the mercy rule.
Saganowich struck out 16 of the 20 Marauders she faced. CCC's lone hit came with two outs in the sixth when Kelsey List lined a shot back at Saganowich, which she attempted to grab out of the air with her pitching hand, causing the entire Barons dugout to collectively hold its breath.
"It was coming so fast at me, I blinked and I thought it was going to hit me," Saganowich said, laughing. "(Injury-wise) luck hasn't been on our side this year."
Madison Saganowich's two-RBI single gave SPC (4-1) a 4-0 lead in a four-run third inning. The Barons added six more in the sixth with the help of five CCC (1-4) errors. Chloe Saganowich tripled to score the Barons' 10th run.
Pinellas Park 8, Boca Ciega 0
LARGO — Pinellas Park left-hander Sara Nevins struck out 18 and surrendered only two hits to overpower Boca Ciega in the Patriots' 8-0 victory.
The Pirates (4-3) stayed within two runs in their first regular-season meeting with Pinellas Park, but the Patriots (9-0) overwhelmed Boca Ciega in the rematch.
Nevins uncorked a two-run home run in the first inning to put the Patriots ahead 3-0.
Courtney Lonardo's RBI bunt single and a run-scoring double from Samantha Martin in the third gave Pinellas Park a 5-0 lead.
The Patriots put the game out of reach with three more runs in the fourth. Martin again had the big hit, singling home two runs.