Tourney losses spark Marauders

Published May 1, 2007

For the past month, Clearwater Central Catholic has played as well as any team in the county. The Marauders kept playing and prevailing, and because of that mutual consistency, rocketed up the rankings.

CCC, a defending Class 3A semifinalist, is 21-4, ranked fifth in its classification and received a first-place vote in the last poll.

This Marauders have won 11 straight, a streak that started after they lost two of their first three games at the Dunedin Spring Invitational last month.

"I think our guys got a little bit agitated (after the Dunedin tournament), " CCC coach Todd Vaughan said. "We were in a good position to win, then ran into some tough teams. I think we learned our lesson. Teams are not just going to roll over and die for us."

The Marauders face Fort Myers Bishop Verot tonight. Ryan Weber, who is undefeated, will start. CCC also gets a big boost with the return of Joe McLemore from an elbow injury. He still cannot pitch and will be used as a designated hitter.