The comeback kids are back on top.
With a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Archbishop Curley
yesterday at Towson State, the Calvert Hall Cardinals took the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference baseball title for the fourth consecutive year.
The loss was Curley's second in the double-elimination tournament, leaving Calvert Hall (25-8 overall, 3-0 in the tournament) the only team without two losses.
This win was another in a string of dramatic seventh-inning comebacks for the Cardinals. After beating Mount St. Joseph with five runs in the top of the seventh two weeks ago, for the second straight game they posted two in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Curley.
"There's not a team out there that we can't beat," said winning pitcher Andy Weltlinger, who gave up four runs on five hits before leaving after six innings complaining of dizziness and possible heat exhaustion, but returned two batters into the seventh to mop up the win. "We've come back a lot lately and that gives the pitching staff a lot of confidence. We don't have any doubts that we can score the runs when we need them."
The Cardinals pulled the latest rabbit from their hat after the Friars took a 5-4 lead on Ronny Hartman's single with two on in the top of the seventh.
Left fielder Mike Hemling started the rally with a walk to set up cleanup hitter Kenny Konopacki (2-for-3, 1 RBI, one run scored), who had played a major role in Calvert Hall's previous comebacks with last-inning extra-base hits.
But this time he fooled everyone, including third-baseman Hartman, by laying down a bunt toward third. Hartman fielded it, but threw it away, allowing Hemling to take third as Konopacki held at first.