Calvert Hall deals Mt. St. Joe 11-3 loss Baseball

April 24, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Brian Matz, a left-hander for No. 2 Calvert Hall, never got flustered during yesterday's 11-3 baseball victory over third-ranked Mount St. Joseph in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference matchup.

Even after the players on the Gaels' bench began taunting the All-Metro pitcher for his first of 121 pitches -- eight feet from the plate and leadoff hitter Robbie Blaylock -- Matz was composed.

Matz, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound pitcher, induced Blaylock to fly out to left field, struck out the next batter and induced a right-field fly out from the third batter.

Matz struck out nine and walked three. He helped his own effort with a third-inning, 355-foot home run, one of 14 hits by Calvert Hall (10-2, 5-2).

Matz' fastest throw was clocked at 83 mph, with seven of his strikeout victims going down swinging. He left with an out in the seventh, after yielding his seventh hit, as sophomore left-hander Andy Bair (10 pitches) struck out the game's last two batters.

"I just blocked it all out," said Matz (3-0), who has 44 strikeouts in under 27 innings and a full scholarship to attend Clemson University this fall.

The Gaels (8-2, 5-2) trailed just 2-0 after two innings and rallied for a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, behind consecutive run-scoring singles from Dominic Steward (12 RBI), Buddy Edmond (13 RBI) and Steve Matcuk.

But Matz's home run tied the game at 3 and silenced any comeback thoughts. In the fourth, Josh Itzoe's 12th RBI of the season made it 4-3 and chased Tim Trotta (5-1) from the mound after only 55 pitches, two strikeouts and no walks.

Tim Pilarski (3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored) singled earlier in the inning. He then took second on Itzoe's hit, went to third on a Paul Barabasz bunt and scored on Matz' fielder's choice. Matz stole second, resulting in an error that scored Itzoe for a 6-3 lead.

Cardinals center fielder Adam Roberts returning from a broken wrist, was 2-for-2, including a sixth-inning two-run homer, had two walks and had two steals.

The Cardinals led early, thanks to Larry Marino's team-leading 15th RBI in the first and Pilarski's in the second.

Calvert Hall stole base successfully five of seven times. Two base stealers eventually scored, and two of the Gaels' four errors were throwing miscues.

"As a team, we made too many mental mistakes," said coach Dave Norton.

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