McDonogh thumps St. Joe, 5-1

May 06, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

While one team is playing in postseason form, another appears to be in a preseason mode.

That was the story as No. 4 McDonogh defeated host and No. 5 Mount St. Joseph, 5-1, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association game yesterday.

With top-ranked Calvert Hall losing to Gilman, 4-3, yesterday, the Eagles (14-2, 10-2) moved into a first-place tie with the Cardinals. If both finish the regular season tied, Calvert Hall would win based on its two victories over McDonogh.

The Eagles clinched at least second place with yesterday's win and will play host to either Mount St. Joseph (14-6, 8-4) or Gilman in the double-elimination league tournament beginning Thursday.

"I think we're moving in the right direction," said McDonogh coach Al Poklemba. "Basically, you want to climb up and reach your peak at the right time. We were a little flat today after the rainout [Wednesday], but we played well enough to win."

Junior right-hander Mike Ginsberg won his seventh consecutive decision, pitching a complete-game three-hitter. He threw 104 pitches, striking out seven and walking two.

Ginsberg, who threw a complete-game four-hitter in a 12-2 victory over the Gaels earlier in the season, carried a shutout into the seventh, but Joe Cremen singled home Michael Cousar from second for the lone Mount St. Joseph run.

"Somebody has got to step up and play," Gaels coach Dave Norton said. "Right now, I don't have any guys that are stepping up and willing to do the job. So, if they want to win the championship, then somebody has got to take control. Right now, I don't have leadership on the team."

The Gaels had a runner on base in each inning.

McDonogh loaded the bases in the opening inning against Mount St. Joseph right-hander Steve Matcuk after two were out, but couldn't capitalize.

In the McDonogh fourth, Guy Robertson led off with a walk, then stole second. Dave Kowitz walked, then Jason Taylor sacrificed both Robertson and Kowitz over. Bobby Sabelhaus grounded out to second, scoring Robertson for the game's first run.

The Eagles struck for three runs on three hits in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run double to right-center field by Kowitz, scoring Robertson and Mike Johnson. In his first plate appearance, Kowitz had ended the Eagles' bases-loaded rally by lining out to shortstop Dan Rosewag.

That would be the last inning of work for Matcuk, who left after complaining of soreness in his right arm. In five innings of work, he allowed four runs on three hits with five walks.

With one out in the top of sixth, Gaels reliever Patrick Bowden walked Rich Levin on four pitches. Levin stole second, then attempted to steal third. The throw from Gaels catcher Everett Cooper went wide right of third basemen Ryan Kenealy, allowing Levin to score.

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