McDonogh's Mike Ginsberg went the distance for his fifth victory without a loss in yesterday's 9-6 decision over ninth-ranked Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Gilman (6-2, 5-2).
The right-handed junior threw 123 pitches, striking out seven batters and allowing seven hits and four walks, raising his strikeout total to 38 in nearly 33 innings.
That's not bad for a guy who's filling the shoes of two-time All-Metro hurler Kenny Cloude, The Baltimore Sun's 1992 All-Metro Player of the Year. Last August, Cloude came to terms with the Seattle Mariners, getting an $80,000 signing bonus, $32,000 toward a guaranteed education and an incentive bonus worth $7,500.
But enough about Cloude, Ginsberg will very politely tell you.
"I want to be my own person and not live in his shadows," said Ginsberg. "There's always going to be that comparison, but I try to put that behind me."
Gilman led, 3-1, heading into its five-run, five-hit fifth inning. Dennis Badham (1-for-4, three RBIs) struck out in his first two at-bats, but his third at-bat ignited the sixth-ranked Eagles (6-2, 6-1).
Badham's two-run triple made it 5-1, scoring Ian Hendricks (2-for-4, three runs scored), who reached on an error, and Ginsberg (1-for-4), who singled.
It was also the fifth hit against Greyhounds' starter Misha Goberman (1-1), who then left the mound after yielding four walks against four strikeouts.
"I hadn't seen too much off-speed pitching yet this year, and that's what he [Goberman] was using," said Badham, who also scored Hendricks -- who doubled -- for the Eagles' final run on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.
"Getting a triple felt nice. My teammates just told me to concentrate. I was able to hit a nice shot."
Goberman's replacement, Brad Mowbray, promptly yielded three hits.
The Eagles' Guy Robertson singled, took second on an error that scored Badham, and scored to make it 7-1 on a double by Mike Johnson (2-for-4, two RBIs). Johnson advanced on a single by Jason Taylor, then crossed the plate for an 8-1 lead as Bobby Sablehaus hit into a double play.
The Greyhounds got to Ginsberg in a five-run, four-hit sixth that was sparked by catcher Peter Bogue (1-for-3, with a walk), who got his second home run of the season.
Bogue -- whose first-inning sacrifice fly scored Jay Homa for a 1-0 lead -- smacked Ginsberg's high fastball over the left-field fence -- a distance of 340 feet.
"I was throwing strikes and getting the ball down," said Ginsberg. "But it got up against Bogue and he took it for a ride."
Jason Goeller followed with a single and Luke Suchy reached on a two-base error that scored Goeller to make it 8-3. The Greyhounds got a single from Russell Wrenn, who replaced Lenny Kagan, and a single from Jamie Biddison (2-for-3) to score Suchy.
Cooper Savage replaced Homa and knocked in Jimmy Fields -- the pinch-runner for Wrenn. The Greyhounds were within 8-6 after Biddison crossed the plate on an error.
"Our morale was high when we beat [top-ranked] Calvert Hall, but we really came out flat today," said Biddison. "We were just sitting back and letting strikes go by. We were the same way against St. Joe [in Monday's 8-6 loss]."