McGonigal, Mount St. Joe burst Gilman's bubble, 8-2

April 18, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Colin McGonigal's favorite pitch is called "The Giggler," but as it snaked past batters for seven of his 12 strikeouts in yesterday's 8-2 Mount St. Joseph victory over previously unbeaten Gilman, none of its victims was laughing.

"The Giggler's my changeup, but it's more like a screwball, drop-ball or curveball, actually; it's my go-to pitch," said McGonigal (2-2), who also went with a fastball and curve. "We got the key hits at critical times."

With one out, the bases loaded, and the score tied at 2, Matt O'Donnell's two-run single off starter Jay Homa ignited a four-run fourth and put the Gaels ahead permanently. Homa (two strikeouts, seven hits) finished the inning after facing 10 batters and yielding four of his five walks. He was replaced in the fifth by Yani Rosenberg, who walked three and allowed a hit.

The No. 3 Gaels (11-3, 3-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) had four hits in a two-run first inning, with O'Donnell scoring on a passed ball, and Kyle Skinner on Mark Teixeira's single.

"We haven't hit well consistently, but even if we don't play a perfect game, we're the type of team that's always in there with pitching and good defense," said O'Donnell, who is 4-for-8 with four RBIs and a double in two games this week.

McGonigal got into his only trouble in the third, hitting a batter and yielding two of four hits, including a lead-off single that eventually tied the game at 2. "I battled back, and the defense by our shortstop was great," he said.

Skinner, the shortstop, made two back-handed stabs of otherwise sure hits, throwing out the first batter and snagging a liner on the second.

No. 5 Gilman (8-1, 4-1), coming off Monday's 3-2 upset of No. 4 Calvert Hall, was minus No. 2 hitter Adam Heaps (.500, 13 RBI). Gilman scored on a first-inning passed ball and a third-inning fielder's choice.

"It hurt not to have Heaps, but if our team hinges on one player, we're not very good," said Gilman coach Marty Meloy. "Their pitcher did a great job. They're just better than us."

Arundel 8, Old Mill 0: Right-hander Kurt Light (3-1) fired a three-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks as No. 2 Arundel dealt top-ranked Old Mill (9-1) its first loss of the season. Steve Brunner (three RBIs) and Steve Sylvester (two RBIs) had three hits each for the Wildcats (10-2).

Arundel avenged a 3-2 loss at Old Mill on March 25.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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