Mount St. Joseph, McDonogh reach championship

May 28, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- The Private Schools state title is guaranteed to return to Baltimore for the second-time in its two-year existence, thanks to defending champion Mount St. Joseph's and McDonogh's semifinal victories last night at the University of Maryland.

No. 7 Mount St. Joseph (17-10), the tournament's seventh seed, overcame a 5-1 deficit with a seven-run fifth and a five-run seventh inning to down Gonzaga, 13-5.

No. 6 McDonogh (20-4), the tournament's fourth seed, won its semifinal game, 6-3, over top-seeded Riverdale Baptist with an eighth-inning, two-run double by Ian Hendricks and an RBI double by David Kowitz (3-for-4, two doubles).

McDonogh and Mount St. Joseph meet in the title game tonight at 7 at Maryland's Shipley Field.

The hits came against the Crusaders' Chris Jackson (7-3), the Washington Post's 1994 All-Metro Player of the Year, who drove in his 37th run of the season to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth. But reliever Mike Stellar struck out Jackson with two on for the game's final out.

Baptist also was an earlier loser to the Gaels and Calvert Hall, and McDonogh -- which led the Crusaders, 3-0, in the second -- twice has beaten the Gaels.

Gaels left-hander Tom Rainier (5-2) went the distance, striking out four with a walk and nine hits. Rainier also hit 2-for-4, with a walk and five RBIs, including a three-run triple, which tied the game as the Gaels amassed 11 hits against three different pitchers, including starting left-hander Bo Murray (5-4).

The Gaels' Matt O'Donnell (2-for-5, two RBIs) had a double. Others hitting well were Steve Matcuk (2-for-3, two walks), Ryan Kenealy (3-for-4, one RBI), Eric Jeschke (1-for-4, one RBI) and Mike Couser (1-for-3, one RBI).

Rainier trailed, 4-1, after surrendering a three-run home run to James Matan, a second-team All-Metro pick by the Washington Post, and 5-1, after F.J. Cotter's fourth-inning RBI single before the Gaels took a permanent lead, 8-5, after seven innings.

In all, 11 different Gaels' reached the plate.

McDonogh led, 3-0, in the second, after Scott Brealt's RBI single, a wild-pitch run by David Kowitz -- who doubled -- and a passed-ball run by Breault. But the Crusaders trimmed it to 3-2, after Travis Welch hit a run-scoring triple and scored on an error.

Jackson, who entered the game hitting .531 with nine home runs, had gone 0-for-2 in his previous at-bats, and Scott McKee went 0-for-3.

It was just the fourth hit allowed by McDonogh ace Mike Ginsberg (10-2), who struck out five and walked five.

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