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CCC's Crisorio scores the winning run after letting Northeast tie

After giving up a game-tying run in the top of the seventh, Clearwater Central Catholic pitcher Jeff Crisorio knew he couldn't let his team down.

And he didn't.

As the lead-off hitter in the bottom of the seventh, Crisorio delivered a single, reached second on an error, and scored the game-winning run on another error to give host CCC a 2-1 win over Northeast Monday night.

The Marauders improved to 5-2. Northeast dropped to 2-7.

"I was starting to get tired," Crisorio said, referring to his seventh-inning pitching. "I told the guys when we came in that I was going to get a hit. I just knew we were going to do something and win."

Crisorio was in control and held Viking batters to one hit through the first six innings. He finished the game with 14 strikeouts and threw 63 strikes on 89 pitches.

But in the top of the seventh with two outs and a full count, Crisorio gave up a double to Northeast centerfielder Kevin Lord. Two batters later he gave up an RBI single to first baseman Jason Poole to tie the score at 1-1.

"We've had a lot of ups and downs through the year so far," CCC coach Todd Vaughn said. "We showed a lot of character to come back. Both pitchers played a great game."

Northeast pitcher Jim Bova gave up only four hits and struck out five in a losing cause.