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Gaels walk over Saints

May 16, 2007|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Patience certainly was a virtue Tuesday for the St. Maria Goretti softball team, which had a walk in the park against St. James.

The Gaels drew 28 total walks in a doubleheader sweep of the Saints. Goretti won 16-2 in 4 1/2 innings in the first game and 17-7 in five innings in the nightcap.

"We definitely have patience on the ball," Goretti coach Stephanie Meredith said. "When it wasn't in the zone, we definitely took advantage. We had some smart baserunning today. We definitely took advantage of the opportunities. I was happy with our aggressive baserunning.

"I think that we have made tremendous progress. We have a young team with only two seniors and two juniors."

Goretti (6-19) stole six bases in the first game and five more in the second.

Goretti freshman Caroline Rosenthal pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the opener, allowing no earned runs and just one walk.

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Freshman Ali Terry came on to pitch the final three innings in the second game and got the win for the Gaels. She struck out five while allowing one run on two hits and no walks.

"Two of the three pitchers that we used today are freshmen," Meredith added. "It will be exciting to watch them in the upcoming years."

Katie Marrama had three hits and five RBIs and Chrystal Klein scored five runs for the Gaels in the second game.

Heather Lowery had a solo homer for one of her two hits in the second game for the Saints (3-7).

"We lack a pitching staff," St. James coach Rhonda Swope said. "This is definitely a learning season. We don't lose any seniors. Our potential will be great for next year. It will definitely be a stronger season for St. James next year."

In the first game, the Gaels got six walks and a single by Gabby Turrano against Saints starter Kali Worth in the bottom of the first inning. Worth was unable to retire any of the first seven batters as she threw 32 pitches.

Lowery became the new pitcher for the Saints and the Gaels continued to draw walks off her.

Lowery stayed on the mound for the rest of the opener, throwing 109 pitches, and then went the distance in the nightcap, throwing 144 more.

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