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Prep Baseball: Early deficit proves no problem for Gaels

April 17, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent
  • St. Maria Goretti's Ryan Kinter (10) throws to Kevin Proctor, back, as Middleburg's Jesse Smoot (11) is caught in a rundown in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game. Smoot was eventually tagged out.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — St. Maria Goretti bounced back from a 4-0 deficit after one inning against Middleburg Academy and earned a 9-4 victory over the Dragons behind a a seven-run rally in the third.

Middleburg’s Jesse Smoot led off the game with a home run, Adam Marston also went yard and Conner Gorman belted a two-run blast in the first inning to put Middleburg up, 4-0.

From there, Goretti pitcher Ryan Kinter shut the door on the Dragons, allowing only one hit over his final five innings.

“(Kinter) kept his composure,” Gaels coach Duane Myers said. “He settled down and did a tremendous job on the mound for us today.”

Jake Moats got the momentum-swinging third inning going for the Gaels (10-8), who trailed 4-1, when he led off the frame with a single. Moats scored on Casey Bartholomew’s single, and Ian Moss went deep for a two-run homer to tie the game at 4.

Taylor Litzinger drove in Adam Blenckstone on a fielder’s choice grounder to put Goretti up 5-4. Kinter and Moats hit consecutive RBI singles and Kevin Proctor connected for an RBI double that put the Gaels ahead 8-4.

Moss finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Moats was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double.

“(Moats) has been a spark for us in the leadoff spot,” Myers said. “He has an important job and has been doing it well.”

Myers knew his team would come through with some hits once it settled in.

“When you see a (pitcher) for the second time around, you know what pitches he likes,” Myers said. “But we have a good offense and they hit the ball well.”

The Gaels’ defense was also stout throughout the game, keeping mistakes to a minimum.

“I feel like we really improved defensively and finally played a good, complete game,” Myers said.

Kitner added an insurance run in the fifth for Goretti when he scored on a fielding error.

St. Maria Goretti 9, Middleburg Academy 4
Middleburg     400    000    0    —    4    4    4
Goretti        107    010    X    —    9    12    2
Marston, Unger (3), Gorman (3) and Fribusu. Kinter, Moss (7) and Bartholomew. WP — Kinter. LP — Unger. ¿

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