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Gaels down Panthers

April 25, 2004|by JACK HILL III

The St. Maria Goretti Gaels got impressive pitching from junior Chris Dorsey and backed it up with timely hitting and good fielding to beat the Hancock Panthers 6-2 in a Washington County high school baseball game Saturday.

Dorsey fired a three-hitter and struck out nine in seven innings to improve to 2-1.

"Chris Dorsey pitched a nice game for us," Goretti coach Mike Brashears said. "Chris got ahead of most of the hitters. He had a nice breaking ball and he kept them off-balanced."

"My curveball was working real good today," Dorsey said. "The coach was calling the pitches well. The curveball was the key. They couldn't catch up to that."

His teammates gave him all of the support that he needed.

"Today, we really picked up the bats and we had some key hits right when we needed them," Dorsey said. "When we had the people in scoring position, we got the hits and we scored the runs. We played up to our potential today. The team really came through today. Everybody played together. You have to play as a team to win."

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Brian Massamilla had two hits and two RBI, while Trevor Cobb and Dan Plank added two hits each for the Gaels (6-9).

The Gaels got on the board first, scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning on a one-out RBI double to left by Massimilla.

Goretti added two more runs in the third to up their lead to 3-0. Paul Angello led off with a single to center and went to second on an errant pickoff throw. One out later, Cobb singled to left to knock in Angello. After Mason Herman singled, Plank singled to bring home Cobb.

The Gaels increased their advantage to 4-0 with a run in the fourth as Chad Bikle led off with a walk and eventually scored on an infield error.

Hancock (2-9) scored its only two runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by Alex Younker to reduce the deficit to 4-2.

"I thought that it was a good competitive ballgame," Hancock coach Tom Flowers said. "I give credit to St. Maria Goretti. They hit the ball when they had to and they capitalized on every opportunity."

The Gaels added a run in the fifth when Massimilla drove in Plank with an infield single and another run in the sixth when Dorsey singled home Jonny Widmyer.

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