Calvert Hall beat host Mount St. Joseph, 9-4, yesterday, its eighth win over the Gaels in their past nine meetings.
The victory came in the second round of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference double-elimination tournament.
Calvert Hall, 2-0 in the tournament, advances to tomorrow's championship game at Towson State against the winner of the game between Mount St. Joseph (1-1) and visiting Archbishop Curley (1-1) today. Curley beat McDonogh, 10-4, yesterday to eliminate the Eagles.
Curley, which lost to Calvert Hall in the first round Monday, split two games with Mount St. Joseph this season.
Calvert Hall (24-8) used a five-run fifth to break open yesterday's game, and sophomore left-hander Brian Matz shut out the Gaels in the last three innings.
Senior right-hander John Poole started for Mount St. Joseph but didn't get through the fifth, when the Cardinals erased a 4-3 lead to go ahead, 8-4.
After getting the first out, Poole walked Mike Hemling. Ken Konopacki singled to left, and Poole was replaced by Eric Hall, who walked the first batter he faced, Brian Matz, loading the bases.
Larry Marino followed with a pop-fly single to center that scored a run. Two more runs scored when center fielder Paul Mengle's throw to the plate got past catcher Pat Young.
"That was the play right there," said Mount St. Joseph coach Dave Norton. "We can have a bad inning and give up one or two runs, but not five."
In the other MSA A Conference playoff game, Joe Petryszak went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Curley (19-5) over McDonogh. Joe's brother, John, and Chris Elliott added two hits each for the Friars.