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Rosenthal shows off her hard-earned skills for Gaels

April 08, 2008|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

St. Maria Goretti sophomore pitcher Caroline Rosenthal knows how important it is to work hard.

All of her hard work has made her a better pitcher, as Rosenthal led the Gaels past Hancock 9-1 on Monday.

Rosenthal (1-1) struck out 16 in the complete-game win. She allowed just four hits and zero walks.

"I worked really hard all winter and it is finally paying off," Rosenthal said. "I think my pitching performance was a lot better than it was in the last game. I mixed up my pitches a lot today and I thinked that really helped. I got a lot of strikes. I felt good today."

From the middle of the first inning through the end of the sixth, Rosenthal retired 17 of 19 batters.

"I was very proud of Caroline," Goretti coach John Marrama said. "Caroline has come a long way. She worked the batters well and she worked her pitches well. She was able to move the ball around."

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Rosenthal helped herself out with a two-run single to center during a four-run sixth inning.

"I think we played really well," Rosenthal said. "We really had good defense. We also swung the bats well. I think we stepped it up today."

Katie Cronise finished with two hits and scored two runs, while Gabby Turano also scored two runs for Goretti (1-1).

"I thought we played very well," Marrama said. "I thought we were able to put some hits together to drive in some runs."

Hancock (1-6) scored its only run in the top of the fourth when Brittany Moats singled to left, stole second and came around to score when Karly Logsdon beat out an infield single.

"Kaitlyn Sterner threw a good-enough game for us to be competitive," Hancock coach Rocky Wills said. " We just couldn't put the bat on the ball. We had a couple of innings where we had some defensive breakdowns."

Goretti scored its first run in the second when Cronise came home on Logan Burke's RBI groundout. The Gaels added a pair of four-run innings in the third and the sixth.

In the third, Goretti scored three runs on wild pitches and the other on a throwing error. The Gaels got their four runs in the sixth on Rosenthal's two-run single, an RBI single by Stephanie Goldsack and an outfield error.

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