Gilman on a roll, beats No. 5 Mt. St. Joseph

May 07, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

For anyone who expected 12th-ranked Gilman to suffer a letdown after its upset victory over top-ranked Calvert Hall on Thursday, outfielder Jamie Biddison has a message.

Said Biddison, "I just think we're peaking at the right time. We're on cloud nine."

Yesterday, they proved their point to No. 5 Mount St. Joseph.

Host Gilman took advantage of the Gaels' erratic pitching, scoring seven runs in the second inning en route to a 9-6 victory to clinch at least third place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

"We were really up for this after yesterday," said catcher Peter Bogue, who led the Greyhounds' offense with two RBI singles. "We were very excited."

Most of the excitement stemmed from Thursday's 4-3 win over Calvert Hall.

It marked the second time in as many meetings that the Greyhounds (14-3 overall, 10-3 in the league) had defeated the Cardinals. Starter Greg Dobbyn went the distance in handing the area's No. 1 team only its second loss of the season.

"Everybody called it a fluke after the first game [a 7-6 win on April 14], but we came back and proved them wrong," he said.

"To tell you the truth, I'm a little surprised we were able to bounce back and play like we did today."

Trailing 1-0, Gilman evened the score in the first inning when Bogue walked, stole second and came home on another stolen base and errant throw from the catcher.

In the second inning, however, the Greyhounds cut loose.

Eight consecutive batters reached base as the Greyhounds took full advantage of the wildness of Gaels starter Ryan McGonigal.

The right-hander allowed seven walks in his inning-plus of work and set the table for Gilman's big inning.

When it was finished, the Greyhounds had scored seven runs -- on five walks, a sacrifice fly, a fielder's choice and singles by Biddison, Bogue and Jimmy Fields.

"Once he started giving up all those walks, we knew we had it in the bag," said Biddison. "We just tried to patient, and wait until he threw a strike or two because he was really wild."

Meanwhile, Gilman pitchers Misha Goberman and Brad Mowbray were effective, though not overpowering.

Goberman, who pitched the first 4 1/3 , gave up four runs on eight hits, doing what was necessary to keep his team in the lead.

Reliever Mowbray then came in and slammed the door on a Mount St. Joe rally, striking out Michael Couser and Daniel Rosewag with runners on second and third to end the Gaels' most serious threat of the game.

The solid mound effort was a comfort for some of the Greyhounds.

"The shaky point had been our pitching," said Biddison, "but between yesterday and today we've really shown that we can pitch against the best teams."

And with the MIAA playoffs fast approaching, that may be enough to make Gilman a serious contender for the title.

"We're playing our best ball of the year," said Bogue. "I feel that if we make it past the first round, anything can happen."

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