St. Petersburg pitcher Dylan Bennedict got through the first inning just fine, striking out three batters.
However, after fanning Jeff Campbell, Bennedict walked the next three. Ray Fox got an infield hit after the ball was overthrown trying to get a force out at the plate.
It was déjà vu all over again, when Eric Simone got the same result during his at bat. A wild pitch and another throwing error, sent the game to 4-0 to start the second inning.
A full frame game was not necessary as Clearwater Central Catholic, who is riding the crest of a 15 inning victory over Pinellas Park, crushed the Green Devils in five innings 11-0 Friday at the Dunedin Spring Classic.
The Marauders smelled blood in the water. They came right after Bennedict in the third inning. Fox hit a single to right and stole second. After getting two outs Bennedict beaned Carter Cashman and Ryan Hallam to load the bases. Two runs walked in and two were scored on overthrows. And the fielding woes continued for the Green Devils.
Bennedict was pulled in the fourth inning after walking four batters. Nick Vannostrand came in and gave up a hit to Steven Arango that drove in two runs. Johnny Karaphillis came into the game and drove in Arango and the game was up to 11-0.
The game was called after St. Petersburg put up another empty frame in the fifth inning. Charlie Lamar struck out five in his five innings of work for the Marauders.
CCC continues their hot streak at the tournament with the semifinals at noon today against Tampa Catholic. The game will be played at Jack Russel Stadium. The winner of that game goes on to the tournament final.
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