Archbishop Spalding (4-1) stayed hot at the plate on Wednesday, blasting four home runs en route to a 12-4 win over John Carroll (3-2) in Anne Arundel County to move into a first-place tie with Calvert Hall in the MIAA A Conference. The Hall (4-1) defeated Saint Pauls 7-3, and Archbishop Curley toppled Gilman 10-2 in other A conference action on Wednesday.
The Cavaliers got a three run homer in the first inning off the bat of right-fielder Derek Wells, and they scored seven runs in the fifth inning when Phil Kreis, Nick Freeberger and Austin Clark all homered. Clark went six innings on the hill to get the win for coach Jeff Palumbo.
Freeberger had three doubles on Monday when he returned to action after suffering a broken neck in a car accident in January. Freeberger said he was doing lots of neck exercise to get back into form.
“I am seeing the ball well.” said the former Gibbons star.
Clark held the powerful Patriot line-up in check. “I hit my spots, and that was definitely the key,” said Clark. “They have some big hitters.”
Joe Williams pitched a scoreless seventh for the Cavs.
Jamal Clarke, who had a a triple and two singles for the Cavs, said that his team is aggressive at the plate.
“We go out there to swing the bats. We are aggressive early in the counts and we try and use the whole field.”
Trent Shaw, who started on the mound for coach Joe Stetka, took the loss. Shaw had three hits at the plate, including a two run homer. KJ Hockaday and Brendan Butler each had two hits for the Patriots.
Archbishop Spalding 12, John Carroll 4
JC 003 010 0 — 4 9 1
AS 401 070 x — 12 12 0
Shaw,Callan (5), Profili (6) and Brown; Clark, Williams (7) and Barclay and Kreis (5)
2B: JC-Hockaday, Brown; AS-Metzler,
HR: JC-Shaw; AS-Wells, Clark, Freeberger, Kreis.