Host Terps cruise into championship

Published March 24, 2005

TAMPA - Tampa Prep finished pool play 3-0 and advanced to the final of the Saladino Tournament (private school division) with a 10-0 win over Seffner Christian on Wednesday.

Tampa Prep hosts Pendleton, a 1-0 winner over St. Petersburg Catholic, in the championship Friday night at 7.

Junior Kevin Krebs (2-0) went the distance for the Terrapins, scattering five hits, issuing one walk and striking out five.

"It was my first start and I was a little nervous," the junior said. "But once I settled down, I gained confidence and I had great support."

The only threat from Seffner Christian came in the fourth inning, when it got two men on but a second-to-short-to-first double play ended the inning.

Tampa Prep took an early 2-0 lead when J.P. Goldsberry and Will Wiand drove home Brad Buchman and Craig Federer, respectively, in the first inning.

The Terrapins added two in the second when Buchman greeted Seffner Christian reliever Zack Brines with a two-run single, driving in Matt Palombo and Robbie Goldsberry. Tampa Prep ended the scoring in the fourth, sending 11 to the plate, scoring six times, the last run coming in on Anthony Tedesco's pinch-hit RBI double off the left-field fence. The game ended early because of the 10-run rule.

Maclay tops Cambridge

TAMPA - Andrew Prescott allowed one hit, a sixth-inning single by Chris Widell, as Maclay beat Cambridge 5-0.

Cambridge finished 1-2 in pool play and faces Mater Academy at 10 a.m. Friday in the third-place game.

Maclay scored first, going up 1-0 in the first on consecutive doubles by Andy Bajoczky and Michael Birchfield. The Marauders added three in the third on singles from Giles Langford and Andrew Davis, a walk and a sacrifice fly by Bajoczky.

Lancers coach Jack Cox was optimistic about his team's effort.

"Maclay was a good club, but we put two eighth-graders on the mound, Austin Hartzler and Jimmy Falla, and I thought they did well," Cox said. "That should prove helpful to us in the future."

SPC ousted

TAMPA - St. Petersburg Catholic's David Burns spun a three-hitter against Pendleton, but it wasn't enough as the Barons fell 1-0 to give Pendleton a spot in the championship game.

Catcher Taylor Mieras drove a Burns pitch high off the left-centerfield fence to drive home Matt Skeffington with the game's only run in the sixth. Skeffington led off by getting hit by a pitch. Burns then retired Kevin Villarreal on a groundball with Skeffington moving to second. Burns got Phil Carey on a long fly to left before Mieras delivered his two-out winning hit.

The Barons rallied in the seventh with two down when Patrick Mulroy was hit by a pitch, Addison Maruszak doubled to the base of the fence in right and Mulroy was legging it into third. But the rally died when winning pitcher Paulo Espino retired Peter Woodworth on a pop-up to second.