St. Paul’s, which suffered a 10-run loss to Archbishop Spalding earlier this spring, gained a measure of revenge on the Cavaliers, Tuesday at Spalding, as the Crusaders staged a late rally to pick up a key 5-3 MIAA A Conference baseball victory over the Cavs.
With the regular season winding down, the victory allows St. Paul’s (6-8, 3-6) to move within a half game of Spalding (3-7, 3-5) for sixth place in the A Conference, which only sends six teams to its postseason tournament.
Spalding grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Alex Barclay and the Cavaliers stretched their lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third.
Spalding starter Joey Benitez blanked the Crusaders through five innings, but got into trouble in the sixth and the Crusaders took advantage to score four runs. St. Paul’s starting pitcher Isiah Rose, who went five innings, led off the Crusader sixth with a bunt single.
Lamont Wade, who earned the victory by pitching the final two innings in relief, followed and reached base when hit by a pitch. Jamal Wade followed with a walk to load the bases, which were promptly cleared by a Herbie Trice triple, tying the game at three. Keifer Rawlings then delivered a sac fly to put the Crusaders in front.
St. Paul’s added an insurance run in the top of the seventh courtesy of the Wade brothers. Lamont Wade doubled into the nets above the score board and Jamal Wade tripled to centerfield to chase home his older brother.