HAGERSTOWN — The Saint James baseball team had a dinner plate full of goodies in the fifth inning Tuesday night and the Saints got their fill.
Combining four hits, three walks, two errors and some wild pitches, the Saints broke a 2-2 tie with a seven-run inning to give them a 9-2 win over St. Maria Goretti at frigid Municipal Stadium.
“We got some things started at the battom of the lineup and took advantage of some opportunities,” said Saints coach Mick Kerns.
Saints pitcher Ben Holland and Goretti pitcher Ian Moss were locked in the tie until the top of the fifth when Ryan Abbott led off with a single.
Bobby Brennan walked and Alec Wingerd followed with a single to score Abbott with the go-ahead run.
Two walks were followed by an outfield error that produced two runs and a fielders’choice plated a sixth run.
Nico Gentile hit Goretti relief pitcher Josh Moats for a two-run single and Seun-Gen Yoo singled to score Patrick Morris for the seventh run.
“Every game it is a couple of extra outs we give up,” said Goretti coach Duane Myers.
The Gaels (11-10) left the bases loaded in the third and scored twice and had two runners on in the fifth before the Saints (5-10) turned a nifty 5-2-3 double play.
“That play in the fifth was just as big as any other play,” said Kerns. “I think it took something out of (Goretti).”
Holland (3-2) went the distance, allowing six hits, walking four and striking our four.
“(Ben) got ahead in the count most of the night,” said Kerns. “It was his best game of the year.”
Holland got out of a potential uprising in the sixth without damage after the first two batters reached base and again in the seventh when Goretti had a two-on, one-out situation.
Moss had two of Goretti’s hits, but he took the loss on the mound, allowing eight runs in four innings. He walked six and struck out five.
“We weren’t patient at the plate,” said Myers. “Holland kept us off balance. We were swinging the bat above our hands.”
Brett Vitkun and Abbott each had two hits for the Saints.
Saint James 9, Goretti 2
Saint James 002 070 0 — 9 8 2
Goretti 002 000 0 — 2 6 2
Holland and Blank. Moss, Jo. Moats (4) and Batholomew. WP—Holland (3-2). LP—Moss (1-1).