Cardinals bring head coach Lou Eckerl to within two wins of 500 for his career
Led by a pair of home runs by John Harris, Calvert Hall put on a power display at Loyola Blakefield, Tuesday, belting seven extra-base knocks among its 15 total hits and blasting their rival Dons, 12-3, in MIAA A Conference baseball.
With the victory, Calvert Hall delivered career win No. 498 to head coach Lou Eckerl who is now in excellent position to reach reach the 500 win club at some point this season.
Harris turned in one of the many great individual efforts Eckerl has seen from his players during his 20 years coach baseball at The Hall, as he drove in five runs and scored two. He drilled a three-run last in Calvert Hall’s four-run third inning, which kick started by a solo home run by Jake Butler. Harris also plated the Cardinals’ final run with a solo home run in the top of the seventh and, in the fourth, he picked up an RBI with a bases loaded walk.
In addition to the three home runs, Calvert Hall received doubles from Alex Kahn and Jannuel Wispi-Robles and triples from Lamar King and Rahkeem Smith. Smith was 3-for-4 with a run scored two RBI and Kahn scored three times during a perfect 4-for-4 afternoon. Kahn was also the winning pitcher, working the first four innings, allowing three hits and three runs with three strikeouts and three walks.
Loyola managed seven hits in the contest, including a two-run home run by Austin Gemmill and a triple by Ryan Wright. Mason Burke also produced an RBI single for the Dons.
Eckerl began his head coach career at now shuttered Cardinal Gibbons School, his alma-mater, where he went 49-14 in two seasons. VSN’s 2019 Baseball Co-Coach of the Year in 2019, after leading the Cardinals to their eighth MIAA A Conference title under his leadership, Eckerl ended the 2019 season with 487 career wins.
His Cardinals won their only official game of 2020 before COVID-19 shut down the season and he now has 10 this season, bringing his career record to 498-155. The 69-year old skipper, who is Metro area’s winningest active baseball coach, needs 12 more victories to match Joe “Snooky” Binder for the most wins (462) as a Calvert Hall manager. Eckerl is currently 449-141 at The Hall.
Calvert Hall has four regular season games remaining on its 2021 schedule plus the league’s double-elimination post-season tournament.
Pictured above: Calvert Hall coach Lou Exckerl who now has 498 career wins after his team’s 12-3 win over Loyola on Tuesday.