HAGERSTOWN — St. Maria Goretti used its experience Thursday afternoon against an overmatched Broadfording Christian Academy team to walk away with a 13-3 victory in a baseball game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.
“Broadfording’s a young team,” Goretti coach Duane Myers said. “They have some good coaches. They just need to keep working.”
Goretti (5-4) was aggressive on the basepaths, recording 11 stolen bases. The Gaels scored 10 runs in the first two innings to build a comfortable lead.
“We wanted to jump out on top and score early,” Myers said.
But it was the Lions (0-2) who scored first, as Dylan Saylor’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the first inning gave them a 2-0 lead.
Goretti responded in the bottom half of the first as Jake Moats, Kevin Proctor, Adam Blenckstone and Ryan Kinter each had a hit and scored a run to give the Gaels a 4-2 lead.
“We hit the ball fairly well,” Myers said. “We weren’t very patient in the beginning, but they were putting the ball in play.”
Josh Moats drove in a run for Goretti in the second inning with a triple and later scored on a passed ball. Blenckstone scored on a balk and Jackson Roth drove in two runs when he legged out a triple. A Jack Spicer single sent Roth home, giving the Gaels a 10-2 lead.
After the Lions scored a run in the third on a fielding error, Goretti completed the scoring with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by RBI singles by Roth and Nick Blake.
Goretti starting pitcher Tim Davidson went the distance for the win, allowing three hits and three walks while recording six strikeouts.
Despite the loss, Broadfording coach Greg Haupt said the experience gained was key.
“That’s what we want to do. We want to get the butterflies out,” he said.
“These are all good kids with good attitudes,” he added. “They work hard and really put forth the effort.”
Goretti 13, Broadfording 3
Broadfording 201 00 — 3 3 2
Goretti 460 3X — 13 13 1
Snodderly, Lopez (3) and Poffenberger. Davidson and Proctor. WP — Davidson. LP — Snodderly.