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Gore’s no-hitter propels young Irish



Published: Fri, May 14, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

By TOM WILLIAMS

williams@vindy.com

GIRARD

After Ursuline left fielder Paul Pegues caught a fly ball for the final out, senior catcher David Rossi congratulated sophomore pitcher Dominic Gore for tossing the Irish’s first no-hitter in 10 years.

Gore’s eyes widened as a smile spread across his face after Thursday’s 7-0 victory over Girard in the Division III sectional final.

Asked later if he realized that the second-seeded Indians (20-7) had no hits, Gore admitted he knew but he didn’t want to jinx it by celebrating too soon.

“I didn’t want to boost my chances of messing it up,” said Gore who once threw a one-hitter in Little League.

Ursuline coach Sean Durkin is anticipating the Irish’s return to district competition, especially since six of his nine fielders were freshmen and sophomores.

“It’s been a process, no question, but we have a lot of talented kids,” Durkin said. “As you expect from a young team, we’ve gotten a lot better from the beginning of the year.”

Gore (3-2) walked five batters, but stranded two of them at third base and another at second.

“I was excited but I kept telling myself not to get overexcited,” the first-year high school baseball player said of his strategy as the game progressed. “When you have a defense like that behind you ... they had my back the whole way.”

Third baseman Harrison Finelli, one of the Irish’s four freshmen infielders, twice charged hard and made strong throws to record outs at first.

“That’s the best that Dominic has pitched this year and it was in the most important situation,” Durkin said. “We want to have our pitchers to have the fortitude to come through in big situations and obviously that’s what he did today.”

The victory sent Ursuline (13-14) to a district semifinal game next Wednesday at Cene Park and extends the varsity careers of senior starters David Rossi (catcher) and Jeff Podolsky (center fielder).

“Obviously, we’re really young,” Podolsky said. “In the beginning of the year, it was a little difficult.

“But these guys, they’re not freshmen any more. They’ve grown up a lot and we’re playing real good baseball right now,” Podolsky said. “It feels great.”

Rossi agreed.

“It’s always nice to make it back to districts and that the run is not over for us yet,” Rossi said. “This baseball team has a real great tradition.”

Podolsky credited Gore for throwing a lot of strikes.

“When pitchers are doing that, it gives you a lot of confidence out in the field,” Podolsky said. “When balls come your way, you’re not so nervous.”

Girard starting pitcher Patrick Rhodes (5-1) retired the first six Irish batters.

“He threw strikes, he came right after us,” said Durkin of Rhodes. “He had us off-balance enough that we weren’t hitting very hard, but we got a couple of timely hits with runners in scoring position.”

Gore doubled to lead off the third inning and scored on Pete Garthwaite’s single. Anthony Rohan followed with a RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Podolsky’s one-out walk in the fifth inning preceded Rossi’s double and Finelli’s two-run single for a 4-0 advantage.

Podolsky’s two-run triple helped the Irish iced the game with a three-run seventh inning.

The Irish have come far since an 0-4 start when they were no-hit twice.

“That stung a little bit,” Podolsky said. “Seeing how we were in the beginning of the year, not knowing exactly [what] our identity was, it just feels great to know we’re moving on the districts.”


Comments

1lola(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

In regards to the article above I would like to say that the article is incorrect. Whoever gave the information is wrong. Robert Switka had a no hitter and a perfect game in a game against JFK a SVC conference game. This occured on April 9, 2008. The article states there has not been one in ten years and this is wrong. Robert Switka did not receive any recognition for this except from a small vindicator article. I would hope that Ursuline High School coach and athletic director correct this.
He deserves this from Ursuline.

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2lola(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Ursuline 13, Warren JFK 0

WARREN — Senior Robert Switka pitched a five-inning perfect game as Ursuline rolled in a Steel Valley Conference game. Switka struck out 10 of the 15 batters he faced. Ross Revella, Nick McCartney and Alex DeMarco all had two hits for the Irish (7-0, 1-0 SVC). Mark Latikas had a double and three RBIs for the winners. JFK fell to 1-2, 0-1 SVC.

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3lola(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

http://www.vindy.com/news/2008/apr/10...

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4valleyred(1098 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Congratulations to Dominic Gore on the no-hitter! That is quite the accomplishment for a sophomore. And the comment above is correct on Robert Switka, he did throw a perfect game, it was probably just an honest mistake. I am just happy to see the Irish win again!

Irish eyes should be smiling with the future of the Ursuline Baseball Program! Those four starting freshmen in the infield are fabulous baseball players.

GO IRISH!

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5Hillbillyheartache(20 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Good job Gore! Good job Switka!
Terrible job lola, in the realm of life two years after a kid throws a no hitter, against a poor team, if it still bothers you that the article in the paper was not a big enough deal for your likeing, you have issues. You sound like a whinney girlfriend.

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6Hillbillyheartache(20 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

And it was a 5 inning game, come one lola, let the gore kid shine, it's his day in the sun.

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7lola(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I just getting the facts straight that Ursuline was wrong about the no hitter in 10 years, nothing against Gore. I'm glad he also threw a no-hitter.

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8shutyourface(246 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

LOLA give it up it's over he's graduated and long gone.I'm happy for this young Irish team but it gets much harder from here.Hopefully they give it a 100% and play hard. Myabe the next few years they can get back to state like the 2000 team when they won it all best of luck Irish.

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9lola(5 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Just setting facts straight. This is def. not a whineyyy girlfriend. Congrats to Gore-that was not the issue.

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10Irish2009(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

As a memeber of the Irish baseball squad in 2009 and prior years, I just want to say that Hillbilly needs to know that nothing was probably meant towards Gore but directed at the person who had the information wrong.. I take pride in school accomplishments and was there the day the perfect game-no hits or walks took place in 2008. Swit always pitched a great game and prob. had other no hitters also. It should not be taken offensive. If it were me, Id be writing my own comment about it and setting the dates straight. ten years is a long time and a very incorrect stat. Ursuline needs to keep better records of their players.

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11Hillbillyheartache(20 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I just don't think it matters. Coach Durkin does a great job coaching and you want to rip him because he doesn't have exact knowledge of the last no hitter, in an interview he probably gave directly following the game. I think Swit was very good, i'm not ripping him at all. I don't think you realize this is an artilce not a research report.

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