Calvert Hall, Curley, Mount St. Joe and St. Mary’s also win in the A Conference
The 2019 baseball season is only a little more than a week old and already things are heating up in the MIAA A Conference, considered by most to be the area’s deepest conference. All 10 teams were in action on Wednesday in league play and here is roundup of that action.
NO. 15 GILMAN 8, NO. 8 LOYOLA 4
Gilman, which surprised many by taking a very young squad all the way to the MIAA A Conference finals in 2018, is turning heads once again this spring.
On Tuesday at Blakefield, the 15th-ranked Greyhounds (7-4 overall) defeated No. 8 Gilman, 8-4, to improve to 3-0 in league action and hold the early advantage at the top of the league standings.
Gilman jumped on top in the first inning with five runs as they took advantage of two errors, a hit batter and two walks, with a couple of singles and a sac fly to string together the big inning. Loyola (1-2, 1-2 MIAA A) clawed its way back into the contest with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Both teams scored a run in the sixth inning and Gilman took control with two more in the top of the seventh.
Matt Leikus limited Loyola to just three hits in 5.1 innings of work, but he walked seven which contributed mightily to the four runs he allowed. He did, however, strike out nine. Ryan Williamson came on to pitch 1.2 innings to earn the save. He struck out two and walked one.
Williamson also drove in two runs as did Tripp Myers, who was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Trey Oakley had a triple and a run scored for Loyola, while Emmett Reynolds walked three times, drove in a run and scored two.
NO. 6 CALVERT HALL 5, NO. 4 JOHN CARROLL 3
No. 6 Calvert Hall, which lost twice to John Carroll last season, rallied in the late innings of their first 2019 meeting with the Patriots, to pull out a 5-3 victory in Bel Air.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the sixth, Calvert Hall got their first two batters on base when they were hit by pitches and, after a sacrifice bunt, Lamar King deliver a two-run double to tie the game. A walk and a single load the bases and Sami Khan drove home what proved to be the winning run with another walk. Later, Kahn drove in the Cardinals fifth run with a seventh inning single.
Tyler Leach had a RBI single for John Carroll in the bottom of the second and Tyler Bittersdorf gave the Patriots (6-2, 0-2 MIAA A) a 3-1 lead with a two-run home run in the third.
Brady Power weathered those storms to pitch six innings and earn the win for Calvert Hall. He allowed five hits and three runs, while striking out four and walking one. Grant Duemel came on to get the first out in the seventh and Scott Borgmann got the final two outs for the save.
Bittersdorg pitched 5.1 runs of John Carroll, allowing all four runs and suffering the loss.
NO. 7 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 10, NO. 2 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 3
At Curley, the defending champs improved to 3-1 in conference play with a 10-3 win over No. 2 Archbishop Spalding.
The Friars (4-2 overall) fueled their victory with back-to-back four-run innings, in the third and fourth, as well as a pair of solo home runs by Derrick Booker, who finished an extraordinary day with five RBI’s. Trent Williams also doubled and drove in three runs.
Jake Michel gave Curley five solid innings on the mound, allowing five hits and three runs, while striking out three and walking three. Michael Sacha finished things off with two shutout innings.
Cory Blohm went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs for Spalding (4-2, 1-1 MIAA A).
NO. 20 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 5, MCDONOGH 4
No. 20 Mount St. Joseph scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to pull out a 5-4 home win over McDonogh, Wednesday in Irvington.
Ethan Grieb drove in a run with a triple and was chased home with an RBI single by Dylan Wyandt, who then scored on a double by Brad Kenjorski.
McDonogh (4-2, 1-1 MIAA A) scored first on a double steal in the top of the first and took a 2-0 lead with a fielder’s choice RBI off the bat of Joe Radek. St. Joe (5-2, 2-1 MIAA A) evened things, in the second, with an RBI grounder by Grieb and an error on a ground ball hit by Wyandt. The Eagles, however, regained a two-run lead in the top of third with back-to-back home runs by Matt Spind and Radek. Spinds’ dinger was an inside the parker.
ST. MARY’S 8, ST. PAUL’S 4
Playing at home, St. Mary’s scored five times in the bottom of the fifth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into an 8-4 victory over St. Paul’s.
Jon Madden and Tyler Fowler started the winning rally with one out singles and Sam Daniels chased both of them home with a double for the Saints (1-4, 1-2 MIAA). Logan Scully followed with an RBI single. Later in the frame, Damion Kenealy singled home the fourth run and the fifth scored on an error.
Alex Sulin and John Padousis each had a pair of RBI’s for St. Paul’s (0-4, 0-4 MIAA A).