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Always in control - Carter's single wins it for Gaels

May 02, 2002|BY DAN KAUFFMAN

kauffman@herald-mail.com

These are the moments when Josh Carter wants the bat in his hands.

Carter's RBI single with one in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Phil Dorsey with the winning run, breaking a 5-5 tie as St. Maria Goretti beat No. 7 Clear Spring 6-5 in an Apple Valley League game Wednesday night at Municipal Stadium.

"I had been seeing the ball well all night," said Carter, who finished 3-for-4. "When you get those opportunities, you want to be the guy at the plate."

Dorsey led off the bottom of the seventh and was hit by Adam Mills first pitch, as Mills (4-2) started tiring and lost his control.

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"Getting the leadoff batter on in any inning is big, and needing one run, it's huge," Gaels coach John Sechler said.

Pinch-hitter Chris Dorsey laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, moving Dorsey to second with one out. Mills then walked Trevor Cobb and Justin Staubs, loading the bases for Carter.

Mills' first three pitches missed, and after Carter took strike one, he went with an outside fastfall, lining it into left field to end the game.

"I was sitting on the fastball, and I knew he had to come with it because if he walks me, the game is over," Carter said. "It was on the outer half, and I just decided to go with it."

Carter's heroics made a winner of Nick Adenhart, who struggled with his control in the first two innings as Clear Spring (13-4, 6-4) took a 4-2 lead. Andy Simmons driving in three runs with doubles in the first and second.

But Adenhart (5-2) settled down, allowing no hits through the final five innings, walking two, hitting one and striking out 12 for Goretti (11-8, 6-4).

"They always say to trust yourself, and it was hard in the beginning," Adenhart said. "There were times I didn't have it."

"He can still win ballgames when he doesn't have his best stuff," Sechler said. "We could tell this wasn't going to be a 1-0 ballgame, and he was going to have to battle."

Mills allowed six hits and four walks while striking out eight for the Blazers.

Goretti 6, No. 7 Clear Spring 5

Clear Spring 1300100-533

Goretti 2020101-662

One out when winning run scored.

Mills and Everetts. Adenhart and Staubs. WP - Adenhart (5-2). LP - Mills (4-2).

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