Mount St. Joe found the perfect way to handle McDonogh in yesterday's MSA A Conference baseball playoff game: Put Ryan Clark on the mound.
Clark, a senior lefthander, retired all 21 batters he faced as St. Joe prevailed, 8-0, in the double-elimination tournament.
"A win was enough for me," Clark told The Sun. "The defense tTC was there. It's a reflection on the whole team."
It also was sweet revenge for Clark, who was hit hard by McDonogh earlier in the season. St. Joe, ranked third in The Evening Sun poll, today hosts No. 5 Calvert Hall, which got a game-tying double in the seventh inning by Ken Konopacki before beating Archbishop Curley, 3-2, yesterday.
Such heroics are nothing new for Konopacki, whose seventh-inning grand slam beat St. Joe last week.
"I just came up there ready to swing," said Konopacki, who was one of five straight Cardinals to get a hit after two were out in the seventh. "He pretty much hung [a curveball] up," he told The Sun, "and I was able to get into it."
The winner of today's St. Joe-Calvert Hall showdown has a day off tomorrow. The loser will play the winner of today's game between McDonogh and Curley. In the championship round, the winner of that game plays the winner of the St. Joe-Calvert Hall game Thursday at Towson State.
In the C Conference, Mount Carmel defeated Northwestern, 8-2, to sweep the best-of-three championship series.
In Baltimore County, Perry Hall used a nine-run third inning, punctuated by a pair of Roy Marsh two-run home runs, to defeat Dulaney, 13-0.
The Class 4A regional championship victory sent the No. 4-ranked Gators (16-2) into today's state tournament semifinals against Oxon Hill at Joe Cannon Stadium.
See Scoreboard on Page B4 for the tournament schedule.