McDonogh leaves St. Joe in cold

April 15, 1994|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Special to The Sun

Talk about cool.

One would think that thoroughly beating a conference rival ranked three spots above you would be cause for celebration.

Not if you're No. 6 McDonogh.

Moments after their 12-2 thrashing of visiting and No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, the Eagles players and coaches talked about the game as if it was just business as usual.

"It was just another day at the park," said McDonogh coach Al Poklemba.

"There was no purpose in this game other than to move ahead of St. Joe in the [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference] standings."

McDonogh improved its record to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the MIAA, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 6-2, 3-2. Entering yesterday's game, both teams had lost only to top-ranked Calvert Hall.

"No one is really worried about rankings right now," said winning pitcher Michael Ginsberg (4-0). "St. Joe, Calvert Hall, Gilman -- they're all good teams and we take them all the same."

Ginsberg, a junior right-hander, allowed two earned runs on four hits for his fourth complete-game win.

He also helped McDonogh at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Gaels, however, didn't look like they'd be such a pushover early in the game.

In the top of the first inning, shortstop Steve Matcuk blooped a two-out single to right field, stole second and scored on a double to left by clean-up hitting third baseman Ryan Kenealy.

Starting pitcher Ryan McGonigal, a left-hander, followed with a walk, but Ginsberg settled down and retired 16 of the next 18 batters.

The Eagles' offense was hitless off McGonigal through the first two innings, but capitalized on an inning-opening error in the third to take a 3-1 lead.

Right fielder Michael Dubanski reached on a grounder that got past a charging Matcuk. He stole second and scored on Richie Levin's double over the head of Gaels right fielder Matt O'Donnell.

After a walk to second baseman Ian Hendricks, Ginsberg drove in Levin with a single to right.

McGonigal loaded the bases with another walk, then allowed the third run to score when he walked Guy Robertson on five pitches.

In the fifth, McDonogh opened with two singles, chasing McGonigal. The Eagles scored two runs off his replacement, Tom Ranier, on two fielder's choices to make it, 5-1.

Matcuk scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth to make it 5-2, but the Eagles put the game away in the bottom of the inning with a seven-run burst.

* Gilman 7, Calvert 6: Senior designated hitter/first baseman Lenny Kagan drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the eighth inning as No. 13 Gilman (5-0) edged top-ranked and host Calvert Hall.

* Westminster 10, Thomas Johnson 5: Senior Jason Magin had a double and a home run to lead Westminster (2-3) to a win over Thomas Johnson (7-1).

Ryan Starliper had a double and three RBIs for the Owls. Eric Weller and Brian Parker had doubles. Lawrence Alvarez was 2-3 with two RBIs.

Pitcher Jeremy Robinson had 11 strikeouts and three walks for Westminster.

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