Perez got into more trouble in the second inning when he gave a leadoff single to Greg Ciangiotto and followed with a walk to Gavin Webby. After Webby stole third, he came home one batter later on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.
The Spartans (23-7) then scored twice in the last of the second to square the game at two.
After Gomez and Anthony De la Cruz singled to open the inning and Andrew McCoy struck out, Austin Miro delivered an RBI single up the middle scoring Gomez from second and sending De la Cruz to third.
Leroy Garcia then grounded back to the pitcher who threw to second for the force out but the throw to first to complete the inning-ending double play went wide allowing De la Cruz to score from third.
The Crusaders retook the lead in the top of the third when, with two outs, Evans Bozeman launched a towering drive to left that just cleared the 37-foot green monster and went just inside the foul pole for a solo home run.
Catholic scored two more single runs in the fourth and fifth to make it 5-2 before Pace put on its big rally.
The Miami Herald will honor Miami-Dade Countys top athletes and coaches at its annual awards breakfast Wednesday morning at Jungle Island near downtown Miami.
The Heralds All-Broward Athletic Awards will be held Friday at the Signature Grand in Davie.
Both ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. and check-in begins at 8 a.m. Tickets are $25 at the door.
At both events, The Herald will announce its athletes and coaches of the year in 17 sports and crown its overall athletes and coaches of the year for all sports.
The Herald will also name this years All-Sports Awards winners, honoring the top athletic programs in the county overall and in major boys and girls sports.
The Miami LaSalle baseball team had three of its players sign recently: catcher Elier Rodriguez with Barry University, Alex Garcia with St. Thomas University and Mike Matheis with Catawba College.
The Florida High School Athletic Association released its Spring Sports Academic Team Champions, and five South Florida teams scored the highest team grade-point averages for their respective classifications.
Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academys baseball team scored a 3.625 to lead the Class 3A baseball group.
Miami Ransom Everglades swept the Class 2A track and field category with its girls scoring a 3.723 and its boys a 3.688.
Miami Country Days girls water polo team scored a 3.709.
Davie University Schools boys lacrosse team scored a 3.593.
American at Dillard, 7
Hollywood Hills at Flanagan, 7
Edison at Hallandale, 7
Taravella Intrasquad game at Tamarac Park, 6:30