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Berkeley Prep blanks Tampa Prep

TAMPA - A little help and four Tampa Prep errors enabled Berkeley Prep to hold on for a 2-0 win Monday night.

The Buccaneers got a solid effort from starting pitcher Casey Keller - even if the sophomore did it without his best stuff.

"Casey didn't have his best stuff, but to become a good pitcher, a great pitcher, you have to learn how to win without your best stuff," Berkeley Prep coach Justin Houston said. "He did a good job of that tonight."

Berkeley Prep (3-5) got ahead early as Gordon Stetson singled to lead off the game, advanced on an error and scored on a sac fly by Anthony Pellegrino. The run proved enough as Keller worked out of jams, working four innings and striking out six.

Tampa Prep (6-1) had some chances, but aggressiveness didn't work in its favor. In the first inning, the Terrapins saw two hits and a walk erased by mistakes on the basepaths. They threatened two more times, but Keller worked out of trouble.

"To give all of our players credit, we're pretty battle-tested," Houston said. "Our record may not indicate that right now, but this group sticks together ,so getting runners on first or second doesn't really bother us because we've been there before."

Alex Adams worked an inning of relief for the Buccaneers before Dante Bosnic came in for the two-inning save, striking out five.

Stetson singled to start the fifth and later scored on an error to give Berkeley Prep some insurance.

"In these close games, you have to make the most of (hits) early," Stetson said. "Our team needed this win and we knew how much every run counted."

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