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'Canes expect more good things to come

Starter Chris Overbeck 10-2 was unable to match his postseason magic, pitching without his best stuff and struggling with his control.

By JOHN C. COTEY
Published May 5, 2007


Bishop McLaughlin coach Nick Rodriguez didn't see much that he liked on the field Friday in the Hurricanes' 10-1 loss to Lake Mary Prep.

Well, except for this: all but the third baseman and catcher will be back next season.

Though overmatched by a stronger program with more playoff experience and a boatload of senior starters, Rodriguez couldn't help but look ahead after his Hurricanes completed an 18-7 season after going 6-16 last year.

"The future looks so bright here, " Rodriguez said. "We were just hoping to compete in our district when the year started. And at one point, we were 12-1 and ranked as high as seventh.

"There's some excitement here. We were better than even I expected."

Starter Chris Overbeck 10-2 was unable to match his postseason magic, pitching without his best stuff and struggling with his control.

The Hurricane pitchers hit four batters, walked three and the defense committed five errors.

"That's 12 total bases we just gave them, " Rodriguez said. "You can't do that at this level."

The coach was encouraged, however, by the bats, which produced six hits.

Mike Gonzalez and James McGarragher each had a double among their two hits, and Gonzalez scored his team's only run when he stole home on a double steal.

John C. Cotey can be reached at (727) 869-6261 or johncotey@gmail.com.