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St. Maria Goretti wins fifth straight

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

The St. Maria Goretti baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and hung on for a 9-6 win over Smithsburg on Wednesday night at Municipal Stadium.

It was the fifth win in a row for the Gaels (12-8).

"We didn't play our best baseball, but we found a way to win," Goretti coach John Bowen said. "That's the sign of a good team. We started to see the ball better later in the game. We were hitting the ball harder and we were finding the holes."

Aaron Wilkinson started a one-out rally in the sixth for the Gaels with a single to right and went to second when Connor Grimsley reached on an outfield error. David Bowen tied the score with a single to center to drive in Wilkinson.

After Bowen stole second, Nic Martin snapped the tie with a two-run single to left. Alexander Zoretich drew a two-out walk and Jay Donoghue smacked a two-run double to center to give the Gaels a 9-5 lead.

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Smithsburg (5-13) got one run back in the top of the seventh when Bobby Smith scored on a sacrifice fly by Frank Regan.

Martin (3-3) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief work. He also finished with three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored.

"We scored at the end and that's what matters," Martin said.

Goretti starter J.J. O'Neill gave up only one earned run in five innings. Zoretich ended up with two RBIs, while Donoghue had two hits and three RBIs.

Kyle Orndorff had three hits and Josh Conway had two RBIs for the Leopards.

"Goretti made some big plays and got some key hits," Smithsburg coach Bill Fowkes said. "They deserved to win the game."

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