Calvert Hall rolls over St. Joe, 10-0

April 27, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Moments after his top-ranked Cardinals routed No. 4 Mount St. Joseph, 10-0, yesterday, Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder was asked if his team had surpassed his expectations.

He responded with an impish grin and -- before answering -- chose to mull over the impressive accomplishments of this year's 18-1, defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champs.

The Cardinals (7-1 in the MIAA), who downed Mount St. Joseph, 4-3, in an earlier game, have two victories over last year's league and tournament runner-up No. 6 McDonogh, by a combined 13-0. The second McDonogh victory came in Friday's 3-0, perfect-game decision by left-hander Andy Bair.

Calvert Hall also has a victory over third-ranked, defending 4A state champ Arundel, and Monday's 14-8 decision over seventh-ranked, defending 2A state champ Glenelg.

The win over the Gaels (13-3, 6-3) -- last year's private schools state champ -- was the Cardinals' sixth straight since losing, 7-6, to No. 9 Gilman.

"I knew we were going to be good, but it was hard to tell early on -- just how good," said Binder, whose team has overcome the injury to projected starter Jason Reinhart

"[Jason's] had some arm problems and has only thrown an inning and a third. But the slack has been picked up tremendously by pitchers Craig Shiel [6-0], Billy Staub [4-1] and John McKay."

Binder then reflected on yesterday's game, in which the Cardinals amassed 13 hits against two different pitchers, including eight against starter Ryan McGonigal (3-2).

Staub (3-for-4, with two RBIs), ranks second with 18 RBIs behind Liam Healy (24), who got his fifth and sixth doubles of the year yesterday. Dom Liberto, who has 16 RBIs, was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Bair (7-1) yielded two hits, struck out six, walked three and hit a batter, raising his strikeout total to 87 in 51 innings. Bair also went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

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