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Frosh does it all in Goretti win

March 30, 1999|By JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - He didn't pitch like a freshman.

He didn't hit like a freshman.

Nevertheless, St. Maria Goretti's Josh Carter is indeed a freshman.

But his relative youth and inexperience didn't prevent him from performing like a senior Monday. He struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings and went 4-for-4 at the plate, including two homers in No. 8 Goretti's 16-4 win over the Hancock Panthers.

Carter, a lefthander, did not allow a run during the first four innings.

The game was stopped after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

"Right now, it doesn't look like that Josh Carter is a freshman," Goretti coach Bill Fowkes said. "He is doing everything that a coach could ask of a player. He gave us another outstanding effort. He battled when he had to. He also hit a couple of home runs."

Nine of Carter's 11 strikeouts came during the first three innings.

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"I just wanted to throw strikes, keep the ball low and cut down on my mistake pitches," Carter said. "I felt that I was pretty much in control for most of the day. I felt confident, and my arm felt good. It helps to build my confidence when I step up on the hill and strike out a lot of batters."

Carter had even more confidence in himself after he belted his two solo homers.

"Those were two nice pitches that I hit for the home runs," Carter added. "I got good swings on both pitches, and they went out of the ballpark."

Carter's first homer started a four-run rally for Goretti (4-0) with one out in the top of the second inning. After Kabby Everly reached on a throwing error, Chad Brashears doubled to right field. David Kolsun followed with a two-run single and took second on the throw home. Kolsun then scored on a single to center by Trey Cobb.

The Gaels got a run in the third to extend their lead to 5-0 over Hancock (0-3). Joe Widmyer led off with a single and moved to third one out later on a single to right by Carter. After that, Widmyer came home on a sacrifice fly by Everly.

Goretti tacked on six runs in the top of the fifth to boost its lead to 11-0. Anthony Sowers hit a two-run double and Brad Runkles hit a two-run triple to key the inning.

After David Gaither slugged a two-run homer for the Panthers in the bottom of the fifth, the Gaels responded with five runs in the top of the sixth to increase their advantage to 16-2. During the Gaels' rally, Runkles had a two-run double and Carter had his second solo homer.

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