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Outburst in second leads SPC past rival

The Barons score five in the inning on their way to a 6-0 victory over CCC.

By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published March 29, 2006


DUNEDIN - It's always easier when you're playing for fun.

That was the thinking for St. Petersburg Catholic in its 6-0 win over Clearwater Central Catholic on Tuesday in the second round of the winner's bracket of the Dunedin Spring Classic at Knology Park.

Having lost the previous two meetings against their district foe, the Barons bundled all their effort into one inning, scoring five runs in the bottom of the second for their sixth straight win and second in as many days.

Earning his first decision this season, Tim Moore contained the Marauders, striking out six for a three-hit shutout.

"We just figured it didn't matter what happened before," Moore said. "I know we wanted to show people that we could not only win against them but also this tournament."

Charlie Olsen (1-3) worked an inning as the CCC starter before the Barons struck in the second. David Burns doubled - part of his 3-for-3 night - and scored the first run on Paul Meola's single.

Then Pete Woodworth's triple brought home Michael Bronk, Tyson Brock and Meola. Matt Petty singled Woodworth in to make it 5-0.

"We have to make it fun, but we've been working day to day," SPC coach Charlie Guastella said. "Mentally, this was a complete game for us."

SPC (14-4) added a run in the bottom of the sixth as CCC (10-5) brought in Drew Eddinger, who stopped the bleeding and struck out two.

The Barons won three games and the title in the Shorecrest tournament, which was originally a week-long event until it was discovered that private and public school breaks coincided, and the tourney was compressed into a weekend.

"What else can we play for? We're going every day on our week off. It's got to be fun," Guastella said.

RIVER RIDGE 6, OSCEOLA 5: The Warriors allowed three runs in bottom of the fifth, losing a two-run lead. Osceola (5-14) scored four times in the fourth inning, capped by a three-run double from Matt Ramsey that scored Brett Baudendistal, Casey Combs, and Robert Schneider.

DUNEDIN 17, PINELLAS PARK 1: Kevin Maloney was 4-for-4 with a double and a triple and Max Kreuter held the Patriots off with five strikeouts in a four-inning game. Leo McFee, who pitched well in Pinellas Park's one-run loss to the Falcons on Thursday, took the loss.