St. Maria Goretti pitcher J.J. O'Neill was at the top of his game Thursday, collecting 11 strikeouts in a 4-1 victory over The Heights in the opening game of the Maryland Private Schools Class "B" Division tournament at Municipal Stadium.
O'Neill went seven innings, allowing only three hits and walking five. He was one strikeout shy of tying his career best.
"I really wanted to win this first game of the playoffs," O'Neill said. "I'd heard very little about their lineup, so I just played my game."
O'Neill was spotted a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Paul Donoghue drove in a run with an infield single. His brother, Jay Donoghue, brought home the second run by drawing a bases-loaded walk.