Calvary Christian Outlasts District Foe Tampa Catholic
The Calvary Christian Warriors snapped their two-game losing streak when they dispatched 4A District 4 rival Tampa Catholic 4-0 at home on Tuesday. The Warriors (4-2) picked up their second district win on the season to remain perfect within the district, with another rivalry game just three days away.
The Warriors started off strong in this contest. Eric Kennedy hit lead-off and took the first pitched he saw and sent a line-drive into center-field for a base hit. Kennedy advanced on an error by the Crusaders infield and came around to score the games first run on a single to left field by junior Graham Hoffman. A wild pitch to Cavan Ingram opened the door for sophomore infield Justin Bench to score the second run of the game.
The Warriors plated two more runs, as Patrick Fahlman scored on a base hit to center-field by junior Ritchie Mize in the bottom of the second and Hoffman singled passed the third baseman to add an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.
The Crusaders (2-4) had a tough night on offense from the get go. They began the night going down in order and then scattered five hits throughout the rest of the night, only managing to put runners in scoring position twice on the night. Mitchell Carter did the most damage going 2-for-3 on the night, while Tanner Alavardo added a stolen base.
Much of the Crusaders’ struggles were the fault of Warriors junior left-hander Collin Booten who stifled Tampa Catholic all night. Booten threw 72 pitches in a complete game shutout. He only struck out one batter but only walked one and allowed five hits total. Booten picked up his second win of the season in his teams victory after beating Brooks DeBartolo Phoenix in his last start.