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Applemen bash Gaels with bats

April 28, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

HAGERSTOWN -- Sophomore twins Andy and Alan Mocahbee helped Musselman's baseball team get the week off on the right foot Tuesday.

Andy Mocahbee sent a towering fly ball just over the fence in left center for a three-run home run in the first inning, and Alan Mocahbee helped end things with a two-run blast to left in the fifth as the Applemen ripped 15 hits in a five-inning 15-3 rout of host St. Maria Goretti.

Every starter except one got a hit for Musselman (14-7), which started the season 10-2 before losing five of eight entering Tuesday's game. The one starter who didn't get a hit -- Evan Woolum -- walked twice.

"Our kids came focused today, and that's a good thing because we've had a tough time doing that other than against our local rivals," Applemen coach Jeff Sibole said. "It feels good. If we keep going out and doing that, and our pitching holds up, we're hard to beat. It's a little frustrating when we don't hit, because these kids are capable and they still don't know how good they are."

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Alan Mocahbee led off the game with a double against Goretti starter Ian Moss. Woolum walked and Ryan LaRose hit a bloop single to right to score Mocahbee. Shea LaRose walked, Malik Hunter hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Ryan LaRose, and Andy Mocahbee sent a drive up into the jet stream, which carried it just far enough for a homer and a 5-0 lead.

Singles by Shea LaRose, Aron Shiley and Brett Grimes gave Musselman a 6-1 lead in the third, and the Applemen added five runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to enact the 10-run rule.

In the fourth, Shea LaRose and Hunter hit RBI singles and Shiley ripped a two-run single to make the score 11-3.

In the fifth, Michael singled to set up Alan Mocahbee's drive to left to make it 13-3. The Applemen tacked on two more runs against Gaels reliever Vince Turano on Brad Shea's two-run double down the right-field line.

"We're working toward a goal of home-field advantage in the sectional playoffs," Sibole said. "Friday night against Hedgesville is our big game of the week. We want to build on the success we had today, try to do the job right and get things done."

Nic Martin went 3-for-3 with a double and a solo home run on a hanging curveball leading off the first inning for Goretti (7-12). Aaron Wilkinson doubled twice and Taylor Litzinger doubled and walked twice for the Gaels.

Goretti coach Duane Myers declined to comment after the game.

Musselman 15, St. Maria Goretti 3
Musselman 501 54 -- 15 15 2
Goretti 102 00 -- 3 7 1

Hunter, S. LaRose (4), Gadd (5) and R. LaRose. Moss, Turano (5) and Donoghue. WP -- Hunter. LP -- Moss. HR -- M: An. Mocahbee (1st, two on), Al. Mocahbee (5th, one on); G: Martin (1st, none on).

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