McDonogh gets even with Gilman, 8-4

May 13, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

McDonogh's third-ranked baseball team has been the talk of the town lately -- and not just because the Eagles (17-3) are winning.

The host Eagles, who built an 8-1 lead en route to yesterday's 8-4 drubbing of sixth-ranked, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Gilman (15-4), have been the center of a controversy in a lawsuit against the school.

The win in the first round of the MIAA double-elimination tournament was especially sweet because junior pitcher/second baseman Mike Ginsberg (7-1 on the mound) suffered his first loss to Gilman on Monday. His sixth-inning single was good for an 8-1 lead yesterday.

Ginsberg went 4-for-4 -- all singles -- with four RBIs.

McDonogh next takes on top-ranked Calvert Hall, a 9-1 winner over No. 7 Mount St. Joseph. Calvert Hall dethroned McDonogh for last year's crown. The Greyhounds play host to Mount St. Joseph today.

"All of the stuff that's happened outside of the game, we've just taken it and thrown it out the door," said Ginsberg. "The only thing we're worried about is what's happening on the diamond -- and we're focused for Calvert Hall."

The Eagles certainly appeared focused, collecting 13 hits off three different Greyhounds pitchers, with seven hits -- including three doubles -- coming against Gilman starter Greg Dobbyn (5-2).

Dobbyn (five strikeouts, three walks) trailed 4-1 when Brad Mowbray replaced him with none out during a five-hit, five-run fifth inning in which 10 McDonogh batters hit.

Adam Scherr (2-for-3, with a walk and one RBI) and Guy Robertson (1-for-4, one RBI) each had doubles, and Dennis Badham (1-for-3, with a walk) added a triple and scored twice. Mike Johnson (2-for-4) also hit well.

Gilman rallied for three runs in its seventh, but left-handed pitcher Dave Levin (6-0) struck out the game's final batter -- his seventh strikeout -- with the bases loaded.

"I felt like I had everything working in the beginning, but later I lost a little," said Levin, who was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double and scored three runs.

Levin's route-going effort included seven Gilman hits -- including doubles by Jamie Biddison and Sean Tysko (one RBI). He allowed three walks -- the first coming in the fourth inning -- and escaped a fifth-inning, bases-loaded jam by getting Luke Suchy to ground out to third base.

Gilman catcher Peter Bogue went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

"[Monday], we weren't at our best," Levin said, "but today, we got a confidence booster."

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