Gaels take private-schools tourney Baseball

May 30, 1993|By Brian Fishman | Brian Fishman,Staff Writer

Mount St. Joseph took advantage of what was handed to it last night at Joe Cannon Stadium.

And the bonuses -- in the form of five Riverdale Baptist errors that helped break up a close game -- carried the Gaels to a 6-4 win in the first Maryland State Private Schools championship game.

"This means a lot," said Gaels coach Dave Norton. "We lost a tough ballgame to Calvert Hall, 6-5, in the MSA championship, a game I thought we should have won. The kids came back. They knew this was important. They wanted to prove to everybody that we're a good ballclub."

L Gaels starter Steve Matcuk struck out six Riverdale batters.

"It was a nice night to throw and I felt real good," Matcuk said. "I had a rough first couple of innings but then I settled down."

Mount St. Joseph (19-5) wasn't sharp in the field either -- it made six errors -- but the Gaels avoided the damaging consequences.

And the Gaels used their opponents' blunders to build an early lead.

Rob Blaylock led off the game with a a weak chopper to third baseman Trae McKee, who overthrew first base. Matt Neighoff then grounded to pitcher Chris Jackson, who bobbled the ball and threw late to first. One out later Blaylock scampered home on a wild pitch. Second baseman Tim Trotta then laced an RBI single past diving second baseman Scott McKee.

That set the tone for the game.

Ryan Kenealy walked to start off the fourth inning and stole second. He went to third on Ryan McGonigal's single to left and later scored on Dominic Steward's run-scoring single over the first-base bag. Mike Cowser followed and reached first on an error, another run scoring on the play.

With one out, Neighoff hit what looked to be an inning-ending double play, but McKee bobbled the ball and the bases were loaded. Matcuk drove home the fifth run with a sacrifice fly to right.

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