|Berkeley Prep junior Ian Brown tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Buccaneers to a 4A-4 district semifinal win over CCC. (813Preps file photo)|
Berkeley Prep bested Clearwater Central Catholic 9-0, in the two team’s rubber-match on the season, with the Class 4A-District 4 semifinal win earning the Buccaneers a region tournament berth and a spot in Friday’s district championship final against Calvary Christian, winners 10-0 against Tampa Catholic.
Junior pitcher Ian Brown tossed a complete-game for Berkeley Prep (19-7), striking out eight, while allowing just two hits. Brown improves to 7-2 on the year, lowering his era to 1.57.
Offensively, Berkeley Prep started the game with four-straight hits, with Tucker Fine (2-for-5 with an RBI double) scoring the deciding run on a wild pitch, before senior Jakob Hines drove in a pair with a double. Cade Kurland was 2-for-4, scoring three times and Johnathan Bruno went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Calvary Christian dispatched Tampa Catholic in five innings as senior Nolan Hudi had nine strikeouts, and allowed one hit, a Kian Knutson single.
Calvary Christian 10,
Tampa Catholic 0 – five innings
TC 000 00x x — | 0 | 1 | 3
CC 123 13x x — | 10 | 11 | 0
W – Hudi (9-1). L – Garcia. 2B – Cairo, Planeta (CC). Records – TC 7-15; CC 21-4.
Berkeley Prep 9,
Clearwater Central Catholic 0
BP 610 100 1 — | 9 | 9 | 0
CCC 000 000 0 — | 0 | 2 | 4
W – Brown (7-2). L – DiMicelli (4-4). 2B – Fine, Hines (BP). Records – BP 19-7; CCC 13-11.