"That was really exciting," said McCleary, whose squad scored five runs in the sixth inning after trailing 6-3.
Akirra Pullen was 1-for-1 with a two-run triple and three walks. McCleary had two RBIs and James went 3-for-4.
The 17-0 loss to an Eastern Tech squad which McCleary called "the best team in the state" was not a shock to the coach who knows his young squad will take some tough losses against quality foes.
"I'm really building for the future, but we are going to get better as the year goes along, but we are kind of projecting this to next year when we have more experience and everybody is bigger and stronger and we have another strong incoming class," he said.
McCleary is finally seeing the benefits from the increased numbers in the Catonsville recreation program.
"For the last four to five years, the job that Chuck Kreis (former president) has done in this community raising softball awareness is now paying off," McCleary said. "I think we are going to have strong freshman classes every year."
McCleary's young squad will get a major test when senior third baseman Lowe will miss the game when they host Mount de Sales during spring break on April 7 at 4 p.m.