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Jefferson sets table, cleans up on Goretti

April 27, 2005|BY TIM KOELBLE

Jefferson set its table just a bit tidier than St. Maria Goretti and it turned into a 4-3 victory over the Gaels in prep baseball action Tuesday at Municipal Stadium.

The No. 2 Cougars scored in three innings, each time after having their leadoff batter reach base and come around to score, one better than Goretti.

And with a strong wind blowing from home plate to left field, Jefferson (18-4) was able to put the only crooked number on the scoreboard with two runs in the opening inning - solely due to the wind gusts.

While winning pitcher Jonathan Hash doubled to lead off the Jefferson fifth inning and came around to score on a two-out single by Josh Simons, it was fly ball-havoc for Goretti's Tim Kellinger in the opening inning.

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Will Grantham led off with a walk and stole second. After two fly outs, Brian Collins lifted a long drive to deep left that got Kellinger twisted in his tracks and fell for a double, scoring Grantham. Brendan McLaughlin slapped an opposite-field double down the line in left to score Collins.

"The wind was definitely a factor, especially when it was still lighter and the lights hadn't taken effect," Kellinger said. "The clouds were tough, but I'm an experienced outfielder and still should have caught the ball."

Goretti (8-7) knotted the score with single runs in the second and third innings off Hash.

Chris Dorsey drove in Sean Engle with a single in the second and David Plank scored in the third when Engle's blooper tipped off the glove of Josh Wilt.

Collins singled and went to third when McLaughlin made a throwing error on a potential double play ball. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Wilt for a 3-2 lead.

After Jefferson's run in the fifth, Goretti answered when Kevin Brashears, who picked off two Cougars from his catcher's position, drilled a wind-aided home run that landed on the roof of the pavilion some 410 feet away in left field to make it 4-3.

"This was a well-played baseball game and we were fortunate to come out on top," Jefferson coach John Lowery said. "Goretti's got a nice team."

Hash labored early, and a visit from Lowery helped settle him down.

"He was rushing his delivery and I just wanted him to slow down and get his arm out in front," said Lowery, who eventually brought in Collins in the sixth inning.

Collins struck out three, recorded two unassisted putouts and had a fielding assist on the other putout to shut down the Gaels.

Plank, a sophomore righty, pitched well in most spots, using a slider and changeup.

"I threw more sliders than usual trying to hit corners," said Plank, who lost for the first time in three decisions. "This was a big start for me, but I've got more years left to play (Jefferson). They're a good team."

Goretti, at times, was feast or famine defensively. Dorsey made a sliding catch in center field and Trevor Cobb turned in a slick dive, catch and throw at shortstop.

"Every inning they scored, we had some kind of defensive problem," Goretti coach Mike Brashears said. "On defense, we need to count to three outs as fast as possible."

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