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No. 7 Goretti gets its no-hitter

April 21, 1999|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

If any members of the St. Maria Goretti baseball team are taking a teamwork class, they should pass with flying colors.

The Gaels offense scored 10 runs in the first two innings, forcing an abbreviated, five-inning game and making it easier for Anthony Sowers to complete the first no-hitter of his high school career in Goretti's 11-0 win over Hancock at Municipal Stadium Tuesday night.

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Despite the superstition, Sowers - who struck out seven - was reminded by some of his teammates that he had a no-hitter.

"A couple people mentioned it to me in the dugout, but I felt pretty confident that I could get through the last inning," said the Gaels senior. "Everything felt pretty good from the start. I didn't have to go the full seven (innings), though, that was nice. I'm not sure I could have kept it going through seven."

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Goretti's offense got started early, scoring two runs in the first with Brad Runkles plating the first with an RBI double before scoring on the first of three Hancock errors.

"We did a good job hitting the ball again," said Gaels coach Bill Fowkes. "I think (the players) learned a lesson Saturday, that you have to show up and play the games."

Two more Hancock errors in the second helped Goretti (10-2) score eight more runs against Panthers starter Doug Steiner. Chad Brashears' infield single and a walk to Dave Kolsun put runners on first and second before Steiner threw wildly to first on Trey Cobb's bunt, scoring the first run of the inning. Kolsun's two-RBI double in his second at bat of the inning was the big blow, expanding the Gaels' lead to 10-0.

"Fundamentally, we're just not sound," said Hancock coach Dan Kerns. "It just seems like when we make an error, we make two or three. But take nothing away from Anthony Sowers, he's a good high school pitcher. He knows how to pitch, and he kept the ball around the plate."

Meanwhile, Sowers was mowing down the Panthers (3-8), allowing just two runners to reach base - on a walk and a hit batter - and retiring the last seven hitters he faced.

"(He) was pretty much in control the whole game," said Fowkes. "He was in command of all of his pitches, and he did a good job locating the ball."

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