Chapelgate's Moran uses variety to no-hit Pallotti


High Schools

April 07, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

It's not often that a player receives a game ball from an opposing coach.

That happened to Chapelgate's Brian Moran yesterday after he no-hit host Pallotti, 10-0.

"Brian pitched a great game and had everything working today, and it couldn't happen to a nicer kid," said Pallotti coach Pat Courtemanche. "It's the first time we've been no-hit in the three years I've been coaching the team."

Defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion Chapelgate is now 3-1 overall, 2-0 in the league.

Moran (3-0) struck out 10, walked two and used a fastball, curveball and changeup to stop the Panthers.

Center fielder Dave Kwash helped out Moran by making two great plays - a diving catch in the sixth inning and a running catch in the seventh for the game's last out. Moran shook Kwash's hand, slapping him on the back as he ran off the field.

Moran's freshman brother, third baseman Scott, also helped out with a nice play in the seventh inning.

"Pallotti is a good team so it feels good to do it against them," said Brian Moran, who had a perfect game against St. Frances two years ago. "The mound is high here and I wasn't sure how I'd respond to it, but it didn't seem to bother me."

He has pitched 14 innings this season without allowing an earned run and has surrendered just three hits.

Brian Moran (3-0) also hit well, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, three stolen bases and two RBIs. That makes him 10-for-14 this season (.714) with one home run, two triples, three doubles, 10 stolen bases and 13 RBIs.

John Hein hit a two-run single for Chapelgate in the first inning and had a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to drive in another run. Batting leadoff, Scott Moran was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Travis Stewart pitched well for Pallotti (2-2, 1-1). He went six innings, gave up six hits and allowed six runs - only one earned as the Panthers made five errors.

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