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Rosenthal adds force to Gaels

April 26, 2008|By JACK HILL

PINESBURG - Sophomore pitcher Caroline Rosenthal was her own best friend on Friday.

Rosenthal fired a complete-game four-hitter with 16 strikeouts and collected four hits and a walk offensively to lead St. Maria Goretti to a 10-3 victory over St. James in a a Washington County private school softball game.

"I thought that I was pitching pretty good," Rosenthal said. "I was throwing more fastballs than I usually do. It felt really good to strike out 16 batters. I have been working really hard."

She also stole two bases.

"My bat was working really well today," Rosenthal said. "It has been a lot better recently."

Leadoff hitter Gabby Turano added two hits, three stolen bases and two runs scored for St. Maria Goretti (4-8).

The Gaels used patience by drawing 10 walks, including three by catcher Kate Marrama, who scored twice.

"We picked the right pitches to hit and we took the walks that they gave to us," St. Maria Goretti coach John Marrama said. "We were very patient at the plate. It allowed us to put baserunners on, move them around on the bases and score runs. We scored enough runs to win it. I am proud of the girls. It is a good win."

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The Gaels snapped a 1-1 tie with six runs in the top of the third inning and three runs in the fourth to build a 10-1 advantage. They drew four walks in each of the rallies. Colleen McCauley had a two-run single in the fourth for the Gaels.

Alini Rossini, who had two hits, got a two-run single in the sixth for St. James (2-8).

"I think that we have been improving with every game," St. James coach Joanna Ruderman said. "It is always one inning that throws us off. Our team is motivated. They don't give up."

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