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Blue Storm gets best of Gaels

April 29, 2000|By JACK HILL III

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg Academy went a long way with a short hit.

The Blue Storm used a bunt single to start an eight-run rally in the fifth inning Saturday to push past St. Maria Goretti 12-7 in a private high school baseball game.

Kyle Fields started the fifth for Mercersburg (9-5) with a single to right and Alex Laddbush reached on an infield error before Josh Grahe got a bunt single to load the bases and change the complexion of the game.

"I thought Grahe's bunt single was the biggest play of the game," Mercersburg coach Karl Reisner said. "Fortunately, Grahe was able to reach on that bunt. That loaded the bases with nobody out and that set up our big inning. After that, our players were able to come through with the big hits and the big RBIs."

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Carson Flowers plated the first run by drawing a walk. Aaron Groves singled to right to drive in the go-ahead run, before Dave Cline walked to force in the third run.

One out later, Flowers scored on a wild pitch before Mike Flanagan laced a two-run single to right. After Pete Coolidge reached on a pair of infield errors. Fields finished the rally with a two-run single to center for an 8-1 lead.

Goretti (8-5) mounted a comeback by scoring six runs in the top of the sixth to close within 8-7, keyed by Trey Cobb's two-run homer to right. Joe Widmyer added an RBI single to center before Josh Carter capped the outburst with a three-run homer to center.

The Blue Storm put the game away with four runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Flanagan and a two-run homer by Coolidge.

"We had our chance to get some key hits early in the game and we did not produce," Goretti coach Bill Fowkes said. "But our guys showed heart as they battled back to get within one run."

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