Prep Baseball: Moats, Gaels too much for Spencerville

Goretti junior pitches no-hitter and hits for cycle

April 01, 2013|By WILL ROBINSON |

HAGERSTOWN — Jake Moats’ do-it-all performance led the St. Maria Goretti baseball team to a 23-0 rout of Spencerville on Monday.

Moats pitched a no-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and two walks and, at the plate, he went 4-for-5 for the cycle with five RBIs in a game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings due to the mercy rule.

“That’s a complete game,” said Goretti coach Denny Talbert. “To hit for the cycle and throw a no-hitter, that’s an incredible achievement.”

“Coach keeps telling me to just throw strikes and my dad tells me to relax and play my game. They know my stuff,” said Moats. “I also know my guys are out there on defense, so I’m not worried when I’m on the mound.”

Moats only saw Spencerville’s batting order twice on 74 pitches, at one point striking out eight batters in a row. He kept the Hornets off-balance with a mix of speed and finesse, working in his knuckleball with a fastball and a changeup.

“I credit the knuckleball to my dad,” said Moats. “It’s something you just have to work on. Sometimes it works and sometimes they just kill it.”

Moats’ cycle started in the first inning with a leadoff triple, followed by a double in the second. He singled in his second at-bat of the third inning and capped it off with a grand slam in the fourth, plating Ben Bowling, Bill Kramer and Nick Blake. Moats also plated Jordan Heffle with a fielder’s-choice groundout in the third.

“My approach at the plate was to wait for my pitch and not to miss it. Coach says to drive through the ball and we all did that today,” Moats said. “We had fun today and that’s what baseball’s all about.”

Goretti (3-5) had a field day at the plate on Monday with 17 hits, highlighted by a 12-run third inning. Jackson Roth and Casey Bartholomew hit two-run doubles and Blake and Heffle hit two-run singles to lead the Gaels in the frame.

Goretti started the game with a four-run first inning, highlighted by an RBI triple by Bartholomew and a two-run home run by Josh Moats. Josh Moats singled in Bartholomew in the fifth, and Kramer added a two-run single to round out Goretti’s scoring.

“We played well as a team. We were good defensively and we were patient at the plate. That’s a pretty solid team effort,” said Talbert.

Bartholomew and Josh Moats each scored four runs for the Gaels. Jake Moats and Kevin Proctor each scored three.

St. Maria Goretti 23, Spencerville 0
Spencerville    000    00    —    0    0    6
Goretti    40(12)    7x    —    23    17    1
Linzau and Melendez. Ja. Moats and Bartholomew, Jo. Moats (5). WP — Ja. Moats (1-0). LP — Linzau. HR — G: Jo. Moats (1st, one on), Ja. Moats (4th, three on).

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