Dons end six-game losing streak, defending MIAA A baseball champ Friars drop third straight


Archbishop Curley was cruising along with a 7-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning in its MIAA A Conference baseball game, at Loyola Blakefield on Friday, but the host Dons erupted for seven runs in the sixth and pulled off an 8-7 come-from-behind victory.

The win was much needed for the Dons (2-6 overall, 2-4 MIAA A), who had lost six straight including four in conference play. Curley (4-5, 3-4 MIAA A) lost for the third straight time.

After the first batter in the sixth flew out, the Dons loaded the bases with an error, a single and a walk, followed by a sac fly from Sean Kelly. Another walk loaded the bases again and Trey Oakley promptly cleared them with a triple, pulling Loyola within two at 7-5. After another walk, Dom Dinoto drilled an RBI double to tie the game. Curley would walk two more batters to drive home what proved to be the winning run, before finally getting the third out.

With two out in the top of the seventh, the Friars managed to get a pair of runners on base but Loyola reliever Stephen Schenning got the final out on an infield grounder to close-out the save.

Curley had scored four runs in the top of the sixth to build what seemed to be a commanding lead 7-1 lead. Trent Williams went 2-for-3 for the Friars with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Colton Knoble also had two RBI for Curley and Jordan Stroud was 2-for-3 with a run scored.