St. Maria Goretti sophomore Alex Zoretich got the pitch he wanted from Smithsburg's Kevin Kocsis and slugged a walk-off home run to center leading off the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Gaels' baseball team a thrilling 2-1 win over the Leopards on Monday.
"I was looking for a fastball and he gave me one right down the middle of the plate," Zoretich said. "It felt good coming off of the bat. I am just happy that we won. It is a really awesome feeling."
Zoretich went 3-for-4 for the Gaels.
"Alex's home run was well struck," Goretti coach Mike Brashears said. "He got the bigger part of the bat on the ball and he was able to drive it out of the park. It was a great high school baseball game."
Goretti (8-12) scored a run in the seventh to make it a 1-1 tie against Smithsburg (4-16) and send the game into extra innings. With one out, Kevin Brashears tripled to right. One out later, Ryan Wilson singled to left to drive in Brashears.