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Goretti runs circles around Hancock

April 15, 2005|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

St. Maria Goretti softball coach Sandi Michaels had freshman Erica DiMercurio running around in circles on Thursday.

It wasn't one of those varsity hazing incidents or any kind of initiation. Nope, it was softball in the fast lane, just like winners play.

The Gaels got the winning feeling for the first time this season as DiMercurio took advantage of a combination of her two solid hits and two Hancock errors to circle the bases on consecutive at-bats to bring home all of Goretti's runs in a 5-0 victory.

"They did really well today," Michaels said as the Gaels won for the first time in 11 tries. "We finally came together as a team."

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DiMercurio was the rallying point.

With Elena Prieston on first, the Gaels' first baseman lined a shot to right-center field past Hancock's defense. As she was pulling into third base, center fielder Kayla Hill uncorked an errant throw allowing her to take home for the 2-0 lead.

"Once I saw the ball get away, I was motioning her with her speed," Michaels said. "We got her going and there was no looking back."

It worked so well in the first, Goretti went for an encore in the second. With two outs and two runners on, DiMercurio hit a single to center, which Hill misplayed. The bobble allowed DiMercurio to round the bases again, this time for three runs and a 5-0 lead.

It was more than enough support for Prieston, who held Hancock to three hits while striking out seven. The Panthers (3-4) had runners in scoring position on three occasions - including one in each of the first two innings - but couldn't produce a hit in the clutch situations.

"We didn't play our best ball and they did," Hancock coach Heather Creek-Martin said. "When you aren't playing your best, you aren't going to win. We aren't getting the bats going. We are taking too many pitches and are being too patient in the box."

Hancock starting pitcher Katie Golden was roughed up for the five runs (two earned) before giving way to Adrienne Kesecker in the third inning. Kesecker shut down Goretti the rest of the way on one hit while striking out seven over four innings.

"(Prieston) did a good job today," Creek-Martin said. "This is the first time Goretti has beaten us in the four years that I've been here. They have been improving. They were aggressive and we weren't."

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