Cobb lifts goretti to win

March 28, 2000|By JACK HILL III

HANCOCK - Senior Trey Cobb contributed in many ways on Monday afternoon.

Cobb started the St. Maria Goretti Gaels' eight-run rally in the top of the first inning with a leadoff double to left field and then capped it with a grand slam to left.

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At the plate, Cobb had RBI, three runs scored, three hits and two stolen bases.

On the pitcher's mound, Cobb gave up only one earned run and two hits, while striking out 11 batters, in five innings to get a complete-game win.

All of those things helped the Gaels to get a 13-2 victory over the Hancock Panthers.

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

"I thought that eight-run first inning was wonderful," Cobb said. "We wanted to come out and get off to a good start. That was the first grand slam of my life. I was looking for a real nice pitch and I got it. I made good contact. The whole team hit the ball hard. We came out to play today. We really wanted to win this game."


Cobb got six of his 11 strikeouts on called third strikes.

"I thought that I threw well," Cobb added. "My arm got a little tired towards the end, but I didn't lose too much off of my fastball. I threw hard pretty consistently today. My curve ball was breaking pretty good for parts of the game."

Goretti coach Bill Fowkes said he was impressed with Cobb.

"I think Trey Cobb showed great senior leadership today," Fowkes said. "He did it both on the mound and with his bat. Trey is just a great competitor and a good all-around athlete. He can just do a lot of things real well."

Cobb stole third after his leadoff double in the first for Goretti. Chad Brashears then walked and stole second. Derrick Herman followed with a two-run single to left and advanced all the way to third on the same play on a throwing error.

Herman came home when Joe Widmyer reached on a throwing error. Widmyer went to second on a wild pitch and scored two outs later when his younger brother, Jamie, singled to center. Justin Staubs singled to center and Derek Rankin walked to load the bases. Cobb then cleared the bases with his grand slam to increase the lead to 8-0.

Herman finished with three RBIs, two runs scored and two hits, while Josh Carter and Jamie Widmyer also had two hits each for Goretti. Kabby Everly and Jamie Widmyer added two RBIs each, while Joe Widmyer scored three runs.

"The first inning was just a nightmare," Hancock coach Dan Kerns said. "They got some hits and a few walks. There were a few plays that we couldn't make. That was pretty much it."

Goretti 13, Hancock 2



Cobb and Everly. Fling and Dobrzanski; WP - Cobb (1-0). LP - Fling; HR: St. Maria Goretti - Cobb (first, three on).

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