No. 2 Mount St. Joe states its case with 5-2 victory over Chesapeake McGonigal strikes out 6 of seven in 2 innings of relief for Gaels

March 26, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

It was a masterful "pysch" job by the second-ranked Mount St. Joseph baseball team yesterday.

The Gaels went to seventh-ranked Chesapeake High, portraying themselves as the underdogs against the Anne Arundel County team but emerging with a 5-2 victory.

Even though St. Joe took a long tradition of baseball excellence into the game and is ranked five notches above Chesapeake, Gaels coach Dave Norton and his players said they were tired of zTC hearing about how good Anne Arundel County baseball is.

Norton lives in Anne Arundel County, just five miles from Chesapeake and many of the St. Joe players have close links to the county through summer baseball leagues, friends and families.

"We just love beating Anne Arundel teams," said Norton. "We've read so much about these schools that we got fired up to come down here and play."

St. Joe reliever Colin McGonigal, who struck out six of the seven hitters he faced in two innings, loved every minute of his fire-balling stint on the mound.

"I know how much our coach wanted to win this one and that made it a special game for me," said McGonigal. "I was charged up and so was everybody else. We like playing Anne Arundel teams any time or anywhere."

There were some extenuating circumstances for Chesapeake, though, as the Cougars (0-1) were playing their first game of the season and St. Joe (3-1) was on the field for the fourth regular-season game.

"That had something to do with it," said Chesapeake coach Jim Simms. "We had first-game jitters and we beat ourselves. We just didn't make some plays on ground balls in the first inning [three runs scored for St. Joe] that we should have."

St. Joe came out running the bases from the start, with the first three hitters all stealing second and the Gaels going on to swipe six bases in nine attempts on the day.

The Gaels parlayed the three steals and five hits into three runs in the first and that proved to be enough for the victory.

The key hits were a two-run single to right by Kyle Skinner and a run-producing single to right by Brendon Mahoney.

St. Joe starter Eric Watts and McGonigal teamed up to halt Chesapeake on four hits, nine strikeouts and one walk.

Watts went the first five, giving up four hits, one walk, one earned run and striking out three.

Chesapeake pitching ace Jared Vogt was the victim of the St. Joe base-stealing blitz and also gave up nine hits in six innings before giving way to Corey Dlugokeski in the seventh.

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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