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Goretti completes trifecta, wins state private school title

May 26, 2000|By JACK HILL III

WASHINGTON - The St. Maria Goretti Gaels' baseball team came through with a three-peat as it won its third straight Maryland Private Schools B Division State Tournament championship.

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The Gaels did that by getting a 9-4 victory on the road against the Sidwell Friends School Quakers on Thursday in the state title game.

The Gaels (14-9) came back from a 3-0 deficit to Sidwell Friends (18-4). Designated hitter Chris Wilson jacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning to put the Quakers in front.

Goretti got its first run in the top of the second when Joe Widmyer led off with a double and came home when sophomore pitcher Josh Carter reached on a pair of errors.

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The Gaels busted loose for four runs in the top of the fourth to go ahead 5-3. With one out, Kabby Everly singled to right and Justin Staubs walked. After that, Ryan Harsh reached on a throwing error to load the bases. Derek Rankin followed with a single to left to knock in designated runner Tom Wills. Staubs also attempted to score on the same play but was thrown out at the plate.

Senior shortstop Trey Cobb, who was voted the championship game MVP, then capped the rally by slugging a three-run homer on top of the batting net in left field to give Goretti the lead for good.

"I got the pitch that I wanted," Cobb said. "I swung hard and I made good contact. It felt sweet to get my third straight state championship. This was a good ending to my career. I had a lot of fun this year and I played hard."

Goretti added two more runs in the top of the fifth. With one out, Widmyer ripped another double to center and Carter was hit by a pitch. One out later, Staubs ripped a two-run double to left.

"I thought that Justin Staubs gave us a lift both of the last two days with key hits," St. Maria Goretti coach Bill Fowkes said.

The Gaels scored their final two runs in the sixth. Rankin led off by reaching first on a dropped third strike. One out later, Chad Brashears belted a two-run homer to right.

Brashears also made a pair of fine defensive plays at second base.

Carter tossed a six-hitter as he gave up only one earned run and two walks, while striking out nine batters, in seven innings to get the win for the Gaels.

"I wanted to mix it up real well and keep them off-balanced," Carter said. "I have to give credit to my catcher, Kabby Everly, just as well. He called the right pitches at the right time and he didn't let me get out of focus."

Fowkes was proud of the performance of his players.

"I thought that we did a great job this season with one sophomore pitcher and two infielders who took on the pitching duties for us," Fowkes said. "Our five seniors did a great job of carrying us through three playoff games. I think that it is a great accomplishment by those five seniors to win three straight state championships."

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