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Gaels plate a pair in sixth, derail 'Roaders

April 08, 2005|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

Even when it started to rain, St. Maria Goretti never thought about throwing in the towel in Thursday's baseball game.

The Gaels erased a 3-1 deficit and pulled out a 4-3 victory over Brunswick. Both teams now have 3-4 records.

"The kids played very well," Goretti coach Mike Brashears said. "They fought back nice against a really good ballclub. We never quit and that is a positive thing for us. I thought that we were aggressive with swinging the bats. It just worked out well for us today."

The Gaels took a 1-0 lead in the first. Kevin Brashears led off with a single and later scored on Trevor Cobb's triple to right-center field.

The Railroaders responded withthree runs in the second. Josh Via drew a leadoff walk, Justen Smith doubled and Russell Frazer walked to load the bases with one out. Rob Mullinex hit a two-run single to right and, with two outs, Andrew Derr hit an RBI single.

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From there, Goretti pitcher Tim Kellinger blanked Brunswick, retiring 16 of the final 19 batters he faced for his first victory. Kellinger struck out nine.

"Tim threw a nice ballgame for us today," Brashears said. "He threw a nice breaking ball to keep them off-balanced."

The Gaels cut the lead to 3-2 in the third on Kevin Brashears' solo homer to center, then scored the tying and winning runs with two outs in the sixth. Cobb reached on an infield single and later scored on an errant pickoff throw, before Chris Dorsey's game-winning single scored pinch-runner David Bowen.

Brunswick pitcher Aaron Main fanned eight in six innings, while Andrew Derr had three hits for the Railroaders.

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