On a day more reminiscent of summer than spring, Archbishop Spalding’s Ryan Wagner quieted the St. Paul’s bats, defeating the Crusaders 6-3, in a battle for third place in the MIAA A Conference baseball standings, Wednesday in Brooklandville.

Wagner and junior Austin Clark combined to throw a two hitter for the Cavaliers. The key for Wagner was his ability to work out of trouble.

In both the first and fourth innings, Wagner stranded the bases loaded.  St. Paul’s was able to score in both of those innings, but they had no RBI hits.  The Crusaders scored two runs on a error and a bases loaded walk by senior Ben Breckler in the first and another bases loaded walk by junior Herbie Trice in the fourth, but no further damage was done against the effectively wild Wagner, who also hit three batters in each of those innings.

Spalding was also having trouble getting the one big hit, but it was able to patch together runs in three different innings off St. Paul’s starter senior Paul Giulio.  In the first inning, Juniors Jamal Clarke and Alex Barclay hit back-to-back RBI singles.  After scoring a run on a balk in the third inning, Spalding scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by junior Sean Miller in the fourth inning to establish a 5-2 lead.

Spalding then answered St. Paul’s run in the bottom of the fourth with one of their own in the top of the fifth, with Clarke getting his seconnd RBI on a ground out to second, making the score 6-3.

Wagner finished the fifth inning before yielding to Clark.  Wagner surrendered three runs and two hits, striking out six.  Clark came on and only allowed one batter to reach base in two innings of work, a HBP, the Crusader’s 5th and final one on the day, while striking out five batters.

Spalding (9-3 overall) rises to 7-3 in the MIAA. Spalding will play Gonzaga in an out of conference game Saturday, before returning to conference play on Monday at McDonogh.  St. Paul’s (9-7 overall) is now 6-4 in league play.  After the Easter Break, the Crusaders will play John Carroll at home on Tuesday, in a rematch of a wild game early in the season, in which St. Paul’s won in extra innings.

Archbishop Spalding 6, St. Paul’s 3
AS- 201 210 0 — 6 7 2
SP- 200 100 0 — 3 2 2

Wagner, Clark (6) and Barclay; Giulio, Wade (5) and R Lucido
WP: Wagner   LP: Giulio  SV: Clark
2B: AS-Clarke, Freeberger.