Spalding wins, 6-3 Mosher shuts down Gibbons, proves ace reliever Baseball

April 16, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

Archbishop Spalding coach Tom Lind couldn't send ace pitcher Jeff Paxson to the mound for the second consecutive game because of an ailing shoulder.

But the third-year coach might have discovered an ace reliever in the meantime.

Sophomore Brad Mosher turned in his second straight strong outing by pitching four scoreless innings and leading Spalding (1-3) to a 6-3 victory over visiting Cardinal Gibbons (1-2) in an MSA Armstrong Conference A League game yesterday.

Center fielder Dmitri Dickerson had two of Gibbons' three hits, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a single and three RBI.

Losing pitcher Carl Baker went the distance, yielding 11 hits, five earned runs and four walks.

Mosher (1-0) gave up two hits, struck out four and didn't walk any in picking up the win.

"He doesn't have that much [velocity], but he gets the ball over the plate," Lind said of Mosher, who pitched three scoreless innings in a 6-1 loss to No. 8 Loyola Tuesday. "As long as he has his control, he's tough. He kept them off balance."

Spalding struck first in the bottom of the second inning when first baseman Andy Canterna, who went 2-for-2 with three RBI, drove in Brent Pollard on a single to center field.

The Cavaliers added another run to make it 2-0 as Leo Zerhuesen scored when the Gibbons third baseman mishandled the ball, allowing Dominic Lascola to reach first on the error.

Gibbons answered with three runs in the third. Rodney Manigo )) and Danny Catlett walked, and Dickerson knocked both of them in with his inside-the-park home run, giving Gibbons a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the fifth, Dickerson hit a two-out infield single but was forced out at second base when shortstop Paxson dove to his right on George Conley's line drive, came up with the ball and threw to Chris Lucas.

"That was a big-league play," Lind said.

Spalding tied the contest at three in the bottom of the third when Canterna knocked in Lucas on a single to center field.

The Cavaliers scored the winning run in the fifth as Canterna hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Paxson, who had singled to right field to open the inning. Spalding added two runs in the fifth to take a 6-3 advantage.

"We hit early but not late," said Gibbons coach Rod Cameron, whose team's three hits came in the first five innings. "We didn't have a lot of walks. Today, we had to hit the ball and we didn't. And we didn't play well defensively."

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