Cards cruise past Eagles, 19-1

March 31, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Pitcher Craig Shiel had the toughest job of any Calvert Hall starter yesterday in the top-ranked Cardinals' game against No. 18 Northeast.

Keeping warm on the bench.

Host Calvert Hall spent the majority of the game at the plate, as the Cardinals had 15 hits and put 30 men on base en route to a 19-1 victory over the Eagles in a game called for darkness after five innings.

Shiel, who was used as a reliever last season behind starters Brian Matz, Jason Reinhart and Andy Bair, throttled the Eagles in his four innings of work, allowing no hits and three walks while striking out four.

The senior said the most difficult aspect of pitching yesterday was staying focused and the long amount of time -- as much as 38 minutes -- between innings.

"It's really hard," said Shiel. "It's trying, especially when you're up by so many runs. I just went out there and tried to throw strikes. If they hit it, they hit it. We were up by enough runs that it didn't matter too much."

Calvert Hall (2-0) scored seven runs in the first, nine in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth. The Cardinals took advantage of erratic pitching by the Eagles (0-1), drawing seven walks in the first two innings while batting around three times.

"Today, we just got it going," said Cardinals coach Joe Binder, who said that removing Shiel, on the verge of pitching a no-hitter, was a tough move to make.

"I didn't like to do it, but we wanted to get [Bill] Staub a little work. [Shiel] grinned at me when I came over to him, but he knew he was done."

Hitting heroes for Calvert Hall included left fielder Dominic Liberto (single, two runs scored), third baseman Liam Healy (two hits, two RBIs), designated hitter Andy Bair (bases-empty home run), catcher Jason Conroy (two hits) and right fielder Reinhart (two hits).

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