No. 3 McDonogh beats No. 1 Calvert Hall, 10-5, gains MIAA final

May 14, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

McDonogh's Mike Ginsberg made his point loud and clear yesterday -- with his bat, with his arm and his mouth -- to top-ranked Calvert Hall.

The junior right-hander went the distance, striking out nine batters and giving up three walks and eight hits as, the third-ranked Eagles overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to win, 10-5.

Ginsberg also contributed at the plate, going 2-for-3, with three RBIs -- including a two-run double -- to help the Eagles (18-3) advance into Wednesday's title game of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's double-elimination tournament.

Calvert Hall twice had beaten McDonogh using 6-foot-5, 220-pound left-hander Andy Bair -- 10-0 on March 31 and again in a 3-0 perfect game on April 21.

Bair (10-1) didn't pitch yesterday but went 3-for-3 with a walk and lacked only a triple for the cycle.

"My slider didn't work today. My slippage didn't work -- only the fastball. But collectively, we hit and played well," said Ginsberg. "The first game of the season we made seven errors, and we're a much better team than that."

The winner of Monday's game between Calvert Hall (24-3), last year's champ, and No. 7 Mount St. Joseph -- an 8-1 winner over Gilman yesterday -- must beat McDonogh twice to win the title.

McDonogh, last year's runner-up, beat Gilman in Thursday's first-round game in which Ginsberg went 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

The Eagles got 14 hits off two pitchers yesterday, including 10 against starter Jason Reinhart (2-1), who was replaced by Bill Staub during McDonogh's five-hit, six-run sixth.

Dom Liberto's sixth-inning single -- to make it 10-5 -- was Calvert Hall's only other run-scoring hit. The Cardinals scored twice on passed balls and once on a balk.

"I thought Jason threw well enough, but we didn't help him," said Cardinals coach Joe Binder. "They [Eagles] hit the ball well, and we didn't come through on a couple of plays."

Ginsberg, right fielder Mike Johnson (2-for-4, three RBIs) and third baseman Dave Kowitz (2-for-4, two RBIs) -- who bat fourth

through sixth in the lineup -- accounted for all of McDonogh's run-scoring hits.

"This team has really come together as of late. We pump each other up," said Kowitz. "Now we get to wait and see who wins Monday's game, and I hope it's Calvert Hall, because I think we'll be ready."

Ginsberg and Johnson had run-scoring singles and run-scoring doubles, and Kowitz had a two-run home run.

McDonogh scored once in the third and three times in the fifth, tying the game at 4 after Ginsberg's two-run double and Johnson's RBI single.

The Eagles led 6-4 after Reinhart walked in two runs with the bases loaded before being relieved by Bill Staub.

Kowitz's 365-foot shot over the right-center-field fence followed Johnson's two-run double to put the Eagles up 10-4.

"I think our hits [his and Kowitz's] put them away," said Johnson. "After losing to them twice and knowing Bair wasn't pitching today, we did exactly what we wanted to do."

McDonogh's team bus was delayed in traffic en route to the game, which started 20 minutes late.

"We didn't get much time on the field, so we were a little flat when we came out," said coach Al Poklemba.

"But we've got a little saying that 'we've just got to hold tight.' That's exactly what we did today, and I'm real proud of them."

* Mount St. Joseph 8, Gilman 1: Steve Matcuk (6-2) pitched a complete-game seven-hitter as visiting and No. 7 Mount St. Joseph defeated No. 6 Gilman in Game 2 of the MIAA tournament.

Ryan Kenealy went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and Michael Couser scored four times and drew two walks for the Gaels.

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