Pitching duel put on ice in Calvert Hall's 8-6 win Arundel's Light, Cards' Rhodes ineffective

March 23, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A really hot pitching matchup fell victim to the bitter cold at Calvert Hall yesterday as the host Cardinals outlasted top-ranked Arundel, 8-6.

Getting loose on the mound was as impossible as feeling the stitches on the baseball. It was one of those March days where two quality teams met and few if any wanted to hit or have the ball hit to them.

Neither returning All-Metro right-hander Kurt Light of Arundel nor Calvert Hall left-hander Shane Rhodes, both juniors, were around at the end.

Instead, unheralded Joe Pease notched the win for No. 3 Calvert Hall (3-0) in relief while 6-foot-5 left-hander Ryan Fox kept the Wildcats in the game.

Light pitched Arundel to the 4A state championship last spring and Gunther's to the 18-and-under Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) national championship during the summer. Rhodes pitched General Die to the American Amateur Baseball Congress 16-and-under national championship after a banner JV season.

Rhodes (four innings, four runs, one hit, five walks and four strikeouts) walked the leadoff batter in the top of the fifth and Calvert Hall coach Snooky Binder summoned Pease.

The right-hander gave up three hits, two runs, three walks and struck out three including the final out with a man in scoring position to post the win.

"Joe didn't get a lot of time last year because of Bair and McKay [Andy and John, All-Metro pitchers who led the Cardinals to the MIAA A Conference Championship], but he's thrown well so far this spring," said Binder, whose team has beaten Riverdale Baptist (5-2), Gonzaga (12-1) and Arundel.

"Shane wasn't real sharp today, but he has thrown well for us. It was tough to pitch today."

Calvert Hall's Matt Schrufer (2-for-3) tagged a two-out, wind-blown homer off Light in the bottom of the first after Rhodes retired the Wildcats. Rhodes hurt himself in the second inning to allow Arundel to tie the game.

Rhodes issued a one-out walk to Gene Collins and then uncorked the first of two errant pickoff throws that would result in runs. Collins (2-for-3) stole third while Curtis Hance was striking out and Rhodes proceeded to balk Collins home with Derek Loosararian at the plate.

Light (2 2/3 innings, six runs, four hits, three walks, three strikeouts) retired the Cardinals in order in the second, but it all fell apart in the third as the home team scored five times with two out, sending the Arundel ace to the sidelines.

Randy Hohenstein drew a walk off Light with the bases loaded to make it 2-1 and Rhodes stroked an 0-2 pitch into center for two runs. Robert Stasny singled to right make it 5-1 and a wild pitch with Mike Jewell batting capped the scoring before Fox (3 1/3 innings, two runs, three hits, one walk, three strikeouts) came on to strike out Tony Templon for the final out of the inning.

Arundel got back in it in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of four Cardinal errors and the only hit off Rhodes, a single by Hance to score two runs.

Calvert Hall answered with its seventh run in the bottom of the fourth as Ryan Tolson led off with a single, advanced on two Wildcat errors and scored on a wild pitch.

When Rhodes walked Steve Sylvester to lead off the fifth, Binder felt it was time to pull him. Pease walked Andy Vermillion before getting two outs and then giving up a two-run single to Collins that made it 7-5.

Templon's RBI single off third baseman Steve Brunner's glove scored courtesy runner Dave Smith (for Pease who walked) to make it 8-5 Calvert Hall in the bottom of the fifth.

Arundel threatened in the sixth but left two runners stranded.

Vermillion led off the seventh with a double to center, but didn't score after Collins' double to left until Pease had retired Brunner and McQuarrie. Pease ended it by striking out Hance on a 2-2 curve ball.

Pub Date: 3/23/96

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