Calvert Hall pitcher Andy Bair said he came out against McDonogh determined to stick with his fastball until someone proved they could hit it.
Bair relied on his overpowering fastball to throw a one-hitter, and No. 1 Calvert Hall took advantage of seven errors from visiting and No. 5 McDonogh to score a 10-0 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game yesterday.
The game, called because of the 10-run rule after McDonogh (3-1, 0-1) batted in the fifth, was a rematch of the A Conference championships of the past two years and a showcase for Bair. The big junior left-hander stayed with his fastball most of the way to strike out nine in five innings.
"I was sticking with the heat until somebody proved me wrong," said Bair. "I just stuck with it. I threw in the curveball [occasionally] to mix it up."
Bair's good control made life more difficult for the McDonogh batters. He threw 70 pitches in the five innings, 49 for strikes. Rarely did he fall behind, and only two McDonogh batters hit the ball out of the infield.
Bair started the game by striking out the first two McDonogh batters. He ended it by striking out four of the final five.
"Andy Bair has been very tough so far this season," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder. "He's been out there two times and thrown the ball consistently hard for strikes."
Bair's other outing, against Riverdale Baptist, was just as successful. He struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings and did not allow an earned run in that game for Calvert Hall (3-0, 1-0).
In this game, the only McDonogh hit came in the top of the third when Michael Dubansky led off with a slow roller down the third-base line. Liam Healy raced in to field it, but his throw was high and both Binder and McDonogh coach Al Poklemba agreed Dubansky would have beaten a good throw.
The McDonogh errors were the other big story. Calvert Hall sent 13 men to the plate in the fourth inning and got only three balls out of the infield, but capitalized on five McDonogh miscues. Calvert Hall twice had runners score from second on balls that never left the infield.
"The fielding was atrocious," said Poklemba. "We gave them five outs each inning."
The poor fielding undermined a strong effort from sophomore starter Michael Steller. The right-hander went the distance and allowed only four balls out of the infield.
Calvert Hall registered only six hits (all singles), the two big ones being two-run singles from John McKay and Adam Roberts. Bair also knocked in single runs in the first and fourth on ground outs.
The Cardinals did not hit a ball out of the infield until the third inning. That's when Roberts hit a shot over the bag at third to score Domenic Liberto and McKay. Roberts was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double, but the two runs made the lead 3-0 and put Calvert Hall in command, especially with Bair on the mound.