Gilman pounds Curley, 12-4

April 23, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

The word of the day after No. 9 Gilman's 12-4 victory over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Archbishop Curley yesterday seemed to be "frustration."

Coming off narrow losses to No. 4 Mount St. Joseph and No. 6 McDonogh, the visiting Greyhounds (7-2, 6-2) -- who were 6-0 after a 7-6 win over top-ranked Calvert Hall -- hammered out their frustration with 16 hits off four Curley pitchers.

Friars coach Al Frank was frustrated by his field players (six errors) and his pitchers (two hit batsmen, eight walks).

The Greyhounds, who had no errors, were led by their three Jasons -- Mersey (3-for-5, three RBIs), Nitzberg (2-for-3, two walks, one RBI) and Goeller (2-for-4, two runs).

Mersey and Goeller, who was hit by a pitch, each scored twice, and Nitzberg once. The Greyhounds' Sean Tysko (2-for-4, one RBI) and Lenny Kagan (2-for-4, one RBI) also hit well.

"I hadn't really felt like I'd been contributing very much, so this feels pretty good," said Mersey, whose seventh-inning double drove in the Greyhounds' last two runs.

"We thought we played well in beating Calvert Hall and even in losing the other two games. We just did a couple of things wrong and came up short."

Curley (3-8, 1-5) has fallen short several times this year. It has lost to McDonogh and No. 2 Old Mill -- both in the bottom of the seventh -- and 5-4 in the eighth inning to the Greyhounds.

"We don't execute, and we have no intensity," said Frank. "We should be better than this, but if I had the answer to why we made so many mistakes, I'd be a millionaire."

The Friars trailed 2-1 after Ryan Hax's first-inning home run and 3-2 after David Baynes' two-out RBI double in the fifth.

But in the sixth, Gilman's Peter Bogue (a team-leading 13 RBIs) hit a two-run double and scored on an error for a 6-2 lead. The lead swelled to 10-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, a call by the plate umpire incensed Curley fans. Chris Schanahan's apparent three-run home run got past Goeller into deep center, seemingly cutting the lead to 10-5. But the plate umpire called it a ground-rule double, scoring one runner for a 10-3 game.

"It bounced under the fence so I couldn't get to it," said Goeller, who had a first-inning RBI triple. "Otherwise I would have played it off of the fence and he'd have gotten no more than a double or a triple."

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