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Crusaders baseball tops rival Jesuit

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TAMPA — It wasn’t exactly how Tampa Catholic No. 3 hitter Kyle Barber mapped out his third inning at-bat with a pair of runners on in a scoreless rivalry game against Jesuit. The senior outfielder rolled a ground ball to the right side to drive in a run, but it also turned into a double play as TC only scored one run in the first three innings despite having four runners in scoring position.

The run proved to be enough, as TC kept working and Barber made up for the two-out grounder in his next at-bat to key a big Crusaders fourth with a three-run double to the wall as Tampa Catholic cruised past Jesuit 9-1.

“I saw a fastball up in my zone and needed to get every one of those runs in,” Barber said. “Coach Ty (Griffin) said to elevate the ball, get a pitch up and I crushed it.”

The fourth inning started with a Jordan Butler (3-for-3 in the game) single, followed by a Connor Grady double, and Cody Endris walk to chase Jesuit’s starter from the game. Jesuit recorded two strikeouts, which had the Crusaders chance for a big inning dimming, but TC (9-6) strung together four more hits and capitalized on three Jesuit errors to score seven runs in the frame.

The Crusaders got a solid outing from starting pitcher AJ Chacon, who earned his first win of the season, pitching six-plus innings, allowing just one run on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Plant’s Woodford tosses no-hitter

Plant junior Jake Woodford threw a no-hitter, striking out 10 as the Panthers topped Wharton, 7-1 on Friday night. Wharton’s lone run came after Woodford hit a batter and the run later scored on a wild pitch.

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