Roberts powers Calvert Hall win

April 26, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Standing 5 feet 10, weighing 170 pounds, Adam Roberts does not look like a power hitter. Batting sixth for Calvert Hall, Roberts does not often need to act like a power hitter.

But when the baseballs finally stopped flying yesterday at Glenelg, Roberts had shown he can be one.

Roberts hit three home runs and had seven RBIs, as top-ranked Calvert Hall used a 14-hit attack to stop No. 7 Glenelg, 14-8.

The center fielder hit a three-run homer to right in the top of the first, and two-run homers to right in the fourth and sixth. In his other at-bat, in the third, Roberts narrowly missed a homer as right fielder Mike Riley caught his drive by the fence.

Trying to feel more comfortable at the plate, Roberts made some adjustments to his stance before the game.

The changes worked.

"I wasn't hitting the ball solid," said Roberts. "I decided I had to be more relaxed. All four times, I felt good. I was seeing the ball really well."

He also benefited from some good fortune. Roberts' first home runcame with Calvert Hall (17-1) leading 1-0 in the first.

His drive to right-center went off of center fielder Matt Morraye's glove and over the fence. Morraye then tumbled over the fence, and the umpires first said ground-rule double, then changed it to a three-run homer.

Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder said Roberts has been struggling a bit lately, and hopes that this will spark the outfielder.

"He's been just missing," said Binder. "He got it all [yesterday]. The ball just jumped out of here."

The ball was jumping for the whole Calvert Hall lineup. Every starter got on base at least one time as the Cardinals scored in every inning except one.

Liam Healy sealed the victory when he lined a two-run homer to center in the seventh. Dominic Liberto had two doubles, Jason Dean reached base all four times (three walks and a single). Andy Bair (two singles, two walks, two runs scored), who pitched a perfect game at McDonogh last Friday, also made it on base all four times.

John McKay finished with two hits, two runs scored and one RBI. McKay, who started at shortstop and came on in relief of starter Craig Shiel in the fourth, picked up the victory.

"We're swinging the bat pretty well," said Binder. "The last three or four games, we've been swinging the bat well from A to Z."

Glenelg (6-3) also had its moments at the plate. The Gladiators finished with 10 hits, led by Morraye (two hits, two runs), Sean Lookingbill (two hits, two RBIs), Kevin Curtin (two hits), John Kozora (two hits) and Ray Sullivan (two-run single).

The Gladiators also had their share of chances. Glenelg put runners on base in every inning but two, but the Gladiators did not hit well with runners on -- they left 11.

Every time Glenelg rallied, however, Calvert Hall answered. After the Gladiators scored three in the first to cut the Calvert Hall lead to one, the Cardinals scored five in the next three innings for a 9-3 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth, Morraye and Mike Goldberg had RBI singles. Lookingbill then added a sacrifice fly, and the Gladiators scored another on a throwing error to slice the lead to 9-7.

Roberts then stepped up again. With Bill Staub on, Roberts homered to right for an 11-7 lead, and Glenelg never drew closer than three again.

"He was the difference," said Glenelg coach Terry Coleman. "They crushed the ball. Their whole lineup, top to bottom, is solid."

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