Gaels jump on Saints early, get back to .500

April 27, 2008|By Jack Hill III

ST. JAMES - The St. Maria Goretti baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings on the way to a 14-4 win over St. James on Saturday.

"We scored a lot of runs in the first two innings," Gaels coach John Bowen said. "Everybody seemed to be hitting the ball. We just really need to keep that up for seven innings. After the first two innings, it looked like we started to lose our intensity. But we persevered and came out with a win. We have been improving as the season has been going along."

Junior shortstop J.J. O'Neill finished with three hits and three RBIs for Goretti (8-8).

"It felt really good to get three hits," O'Neill said. "I was really seeing the ball well. I drove a couple of balls close to the right-field line. They threw me a couple of inside pitches and that enabled me to hit the ball to right field.


"I thought we were playing pretty well offensively and defensively. It was probably the best game we have ever had with scoring runs. We came out swinging the bats. We didn't wait until the sixth or seventh inning to start scoring runs."

Goretti starting pitcher Will Murray got the win as he only gave up two earned runs in five innings.

"Will pitched a pretty good game," Bowen said. "He had a little trouble finding the strike zone, but he battled through it and pitched well."

Both Jay Donoghue and Murray finished with two RBIs for the Gaels. David Bowen, Connor Grimsley, Donoghue and Murray had two hits each. Bowen scored three runs and stole three bases, while Alexander Zoretich also scored three runs.

Dylan Zimmerman scored two of the four runs for St. James (3-6-1).

The Gaels scored three runs in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by O'Neill and a two-run single by Murray.

The Saints responded with two runs in the bottom half on an RBI ground-rule double by Ben Farquhar and an error.

The Gaels scored six runs in the second to boost their lead to 9-2. The key hits were a two-run single by Donoghue and RBI doubles by O'Neill and Grimsley.

Goretti added two more runs in the fifth to make it 11-2 before the Saints got a run in the bottom half. The Gaels scored three runs in the seventh to take their biggest lead at 14-3.

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