Rosenthal, Gaels hold off Clear Spring

April 23, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

CLEAR SPRING -- Sophomore Caroline Rosenthal pitched a nifty three-hitter as St. Maria Goretti beat Clear Spring 4-2 in high school softball action Tuesday.

The Gaels (3-7) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and held off some late threats from the Blazers (4-7) to secure their second consecutive win.

Rosenthal, a right-hander, struck out 11 and both runs off her were unearned.

"We've played a very tough schedule and it's good to get one in the win column," Goretti coach John Marrama said. "I challenged the team to step it up and we came through. Caroline turned in a terrific effort. She's improving all the time."

Marrama said Rosenthal's pitching and a much improved defense were the keys to Tuesday's victory.

"Caroline held them in check and we got a good defensive effort. Mistakes have cost us all year, but we played much better defensively today. Except for the one inning (the sixth, in which Goretti committed two errors), we were excellent in the field."


Rosenthal kept the Clear Spring offensive attack at bay with an array of fastballs, riseballs and changeups and allowed just two hard hit balls out of the infield.

"I throw a variety of pitches and things were working today," Rosenthal said. "This is a big win for us. We played well on defense, kept them off the bases and that was the difference."

Goretti grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the second inning on an error and a wild pitch, then sealed the verdict with a three-run flurry in the third off losing pitcher Damara McDonough, also a sophomore.

Katie Cronise and Gabby Turano contributed infield hits. An error, Kate Marrama's sharp single and a fielder's choice grounder helped produce the three runs.

Faced with the 4-0 deficit, Clear Spring finally went to work in the sixth as two Goretti errors set the table for McDonough's booming two-run triple to left field.

"I really wasn't tired. I just got the ball in a bad location," Rosenthal said.

"We gave them the early lead and struggled with the bats," Clear Spring coach Ron Baker said. "Their pitcher pitched an excellent game, but McDonough also did well. We just couldn't generate any offense."

Turano, Cronise and Marrama led the Goretti offensive attack with two hits apiece.

Lindsay Trumpower, McDonough and Christina Mehaffie had the lone Clear Spring hits.

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