Hall's Reinhart settles score with McDonogh, 8-1

May 19, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

The paybacks were two-fold for second-ranked Calvert Hall's 6-foot-4 senior Jason Reinhart yesterday at Catonsville Community College.

His route-going, 8-1 victory over No. 3 McDonogh avenged last Friday's 10-5 loss -- his first in four starts.

And he proved to himself and his team that he'd completely recovered from a severely bruised elbow on his throwing arm that had forced him to miss all but the last three weeks of the Cardinals' 26-3 season.

Calvert Hall, which rebounded to beat Mount St. Joseph, 9-1, Monday, must defeat the Eagles (18-4) again today to win this year's Maryland Interscholastic Association A Conference crown in the tournament's double-elimination format.

Calvert Hall won the crown in two games last year, and McDonogh won in one game two years ago in the championship round.

Reinhart, who struck out seven -- including the game's final batter -- and gave up six hits, said, "I didn't even find out I was going to pitch until right before the game."

"It feels great, because I was thinking the season would be over before I'd get to play," said Reinhart. "Coach [Joe Binder] had me and [6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander] Andy Bair warming up. I'm glad he picked me."

Reinhart, who was hammered for 10 of McDonogh's 14 hits Friday, was supported by eight hits yesterday and clutch defense -- including a double play in the fourth inning, and catcher Jason Conroy's seventh-inning pickoff of a runner stealing second.

Eleven Cardinals batted in the first inning -- which included three McDonogh errors -- as Calvert Hall led, 5-0, thanks to run-scoring singles from Rusty Brown, John McKay and Jason Dean, and a two-run single by Kevin Olkowski.

McDonogh left-hander Richie Levin (6-1) faced 14 batters, giving up six hits, two walks and no strikeouts. He trailed, 5-0, when Mike Stellar relieved him in the second inning.

The Cardinals scored their remaining runs on sacrifice fly balls by Olkowski in the second inning, Liam Healy in the third and Scott Jachinski in the fifth.

"I think I had more composure today. I had a few walks, but I tried to stay under control and locate every pitch," said Reinhart.

The Cardinals' lone error led to McDonogh's only run in the second inning as the Eagles' David Kowitz reached on the error and eventually scored after Reinhart issued a bases-loaded walk to Levin. Reinhart rebounded against the next two batters, however, striking out one and getting the other to ground out.

Today's game will be a showdown between two talented juniors: The Cardinals' Bair (10-1), and the Eagles' right-hander Mike Ginsberg (8-1), each of whom suffered his only loss to Gilman.

Bair beat McDonogh twice -- by 10-0 on March 31, and by a 3-0 perfect game on April 21. Ginsberg beat the Cardinals last Friday.

* Lutheran 21, Mount Carmel 4: Lutheran completed a two-game sweep of Mount Carmel with a win in the MIAA B Conference semifinal series. Jeff Drayer went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a double and a triple to lead Lutheran.

* St. Paul's 13, Friends 12: Garth Timoll's home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted host St. Paul's over Friends in game two of its MIAA B Conference semifinal series, evening it at 1. The third and deciding game will be 3:45 p.m. tomorrow at Friends.

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