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.


"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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