Wind blows Gilman's way, Calvert Hall falls, 3-2

April 16, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It is said in baseball circles that good teams find a way to win. On a cold, rainy afternoon yesterday at Gilman, the fifth-ranked Greyhounds may have found one of the most unorthodox ways of all in their 3-2 win over fourth-ranked Calvert Hall.

Trailing the Cardinals, 2-1, and down to their final out, the Greyhounds were all but ready to concede when Adam Heaps hit a pop up to the waiting Mike Waldt at third.

Then it happened. A sudden gust of wind turned a game-ending pop out into Calvert Hall's worst nightmare. The ball drifted, Waldt made a last-second dive, had it in his glove, then watched it roll out onto the infield, as Gilman's Chris Zienty scored from second to tie the score at 2.

Jason Mersey then finished the dramatics leading off the eighth by tomahawking a high fastball by reliever Justin Nash over the right fielder's head for the game-winning home run.

Unusual for sure, but a win just the same, as the Greyhounds improved their record to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

"We never gave up," said Gilman starter Rollie Corden, who worked the first seven innings plus a batter allowing two runs on two hits. His lone mistake came in the fourth, when he gave up a bases-empty homer to Calvert Hall's Chuck Easter.

"I tried to do my part," said Corden. "I tried to keep my pitches low and keep us in the game."

Meanwhile, Cardinals starter Shane Rhodes was equal to the task, holding Gilman to a run on three hits and striking out nine through six innings.

Gilman scored its first run Josh Hrebiniak's RBI triple to right with two outs in the sixth. After throwing 110 pitches, Rhodes seemed to tire late, forcing Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder to tap into the bullpen.

"It was disappointing," said Binder, whose team fell to 9-5, including 1-1 in the conference. "I thought we should've had the game. If we make that catch in the seventh it's over, but this is a crazy game."

Catonsville 12, Woodlawn 0: Senior Norm Simpkins struck out nine and walked none while tossing a five-inning no-hitter for host Catonsville.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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