Gaels fall flat against Dogs

May 07, 2004|by JACK HILL III

The only bright spot for the St. Maria Goretti Gaels baseball team on Thursday night at Municipal Stadium was their pre-game ceremony for Senior Night.

The rest of the night belonged to the Martinsburg Bulldogs, who blanked beat the Gaels 12-0 in five innings.

"We didn't play very well," Goretti coach Mike Brashears said. "We really embarrassed ourselves. When you are not ready to play, then it is the coach's fault and I accept responsibility for this."

Martinsburg junior Brandon Armentrout (4-1) hurled a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts and no walks in five innings.

"Basically, I just wanted to go out there and hit my spots," Armentrout said. "That is something I know I have to work on. I was trying to get some easy groundouts. I was fortunate, especially early on. I started to get into the groove and I struck them out.

"We hit the ball real well today and we put some runs on the board," Armentrout said. "It was a good overall team performance. We played good defense and I was able to pitch decently."


Seven of the nine Martinsburg starters hit safely as the Bulldogs collected 11 hits. Leadoff batter Mark Albright finished with two hits and three RBI, Aaron Stokes had two hits and two RBI, while both Zach Newhouse and A.J. Roberts had two hits.

"I was pleased with our offensive performance tonight," Martinsburg coach Dennis Etherington said. "It has been a long time coming. ... Brandon pitched a nice ballgame. He kept the ball in the infield and the fielders were able to make the plays. I think Goretti is a much better ballclub than what they showed."

The Bulldogs (8-12) got one run in the first and two more in the second on errors. Albright delivered a two-run single in the fourth to extend Martinsburg's lead to 5-0.

The Bulldogs exploded for seven runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Zach Newhouse and Albright, three wild pitches and a two-run single by Stokes.

Goretti falls to 7-13.

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