Kagan's triple lifts Gilman, 4-1

May 10, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Sun

Lenny Kagan is starting to make game-winning hits a habit for Gilman.

Kagan -- who had a game-winning hit last month against Calvert Hall -- lined a three-run triple in the first inning, and Jason Nitzberg made it stand up by tossing a seven-hitter as No. 6 Gilman defeated visiting and No. 3 McDonogh, 4-1, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular-season finale yesterday.

With the win, Gilman (15-3) finishes in a tie for second place with McDonogh (16-3) in the A Conference. Both teams are 11-3 and will meet in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday at one of the two schools.

Gilman now has beaten each team (Calvert Hall, McDonogh and Mount St. Joseph) in the playoffs.

Gilman did all of its damage in the first inning against McDonogh's Mike Ginsberg, who allowed only four hits. Sean Tyszko led off with an infield single, and Jay Homa walked. Peter Bogue forced Homa, and Jason Goeller walked to load the bases.

Kagan, who knocked in the winning run in an extra-inning victory vs. Calvert Hall, then lined an outside fastball to deep right-center for a triple. All three runners scored, and Kagan crossed the plate on a wild relay for a quick 4-0 lead.

"I was just trying to make contact," said Kagan of his fourth triple this season. "I just happened to be right on it and see it well out of his hand."

McDonogh scored once in the third when Dennis Badham brought Mike Steller safely home on a sacrifice fly. The Eagles put runners on in six of the seven innings but could not come up with clutch hits, stranding seven.

"When you can't get the runners in scoring position in, you're in for a long day," said McDonogh coach Al Poklemba.

Nitzberg made several good clutch pitches, and his Gilman teammates turned in some slick plays in the field. Nitzberg walked only two -- none until the sixth inning -- and often stayed ahead on the count.

"Our defense has been solid all year," said Gilman coach Marty Meloy. "Defense is very important, and good defense really helps us."

The defense, pitching and clutch hitting made Ginsberg (seven strikeouts) the hard-luck loser.

* Patterson 16, Southern-BC 2: Mike Jaski drove in four runs and Mike Burrows allowed one hit over five innings, leading No. 20 Patterson past visiting and No. 19 Southern-Baltimore.

Burrows also contributed three RBIs for Patterson, which scored in each of the first five innings, including seven runs in the fifth. Gus Karanikolis and Craig Monath each went 3-for-4 for Patterson.

* City 10, Poly 7: Robert Ayers went 3-for-4 with four RBIs as visiting City scored five runs in the fourth inning to break a 4-4 tie and went on to defeat Poly.

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