Chesapeake edges Calvert Hall, 2-1 Fraley and Vogt sparkle as No. 4 Cougars take battle of ranked teams

March 25, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Third baseman Jeff Fraley's fourth-inning RBI double stood up as No. 4-ranked Chesapeake handed visiting No. 2 Calvert Hall its first loss in four outings, 2-1, in a non-league game between area baseball powers yesterday.

Second-team All-Metro hurler Jared Vogt (1-0), bound for the University of Maryland on a baseball scholarship, went the distance. Vogt struck out four, walked two and allowed four hits and hit two batsmen.

Vogt escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth -- shortly after a run-scoring single by Calvert Hall's Dale Berkey skipped through the legs of shortstop Mike Bianco -- by inducing Bret Holmes to fly out to center fielder Chad Duncan for the final out.

Vogt had given up a single to Mike Waldt to start the fifth, but sandwiched two strikeouts around a hit batsman before a walk loaded the bases.

The win marks the second straight season in which the Cougars (1-1) have lost their season opener to Mount St. Joseph, only to take out their frustrations on Calvert Hall (3-1), Mount St. Joseph's rival in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

"Last year, after we lost to St. Joe, their coach [Dave Norton] said, 'There's nothing I like better than beating Anne Arundel County teams,' " said Fraley, who was the winning pitcher against Calvert Hall last season. "Well, let's turn that around now. For me, there's nothing more that I like than beating MIAA teams."

The victory was sweet for Fraley, who suffered his first loss as a pitcher, 7-4, to the Gaels last Friday. It was also nice for his 6-foot-3, 200-pound teammate, Ray Wagner, who struck out at a critical point in the loss to the Gaels but went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored yesterday.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Wagner doubled to the right field fence. With two outs, Wagner went to third as teammate Ryan Blakiston reached on an error by second baseman Mike Jenkins. Wagner scored for a 1-0 lead when catcher Rob Stastny overthrew third.

Cardinals starter John Nash went five innings, striking out six, walking two and yielding four hits. He was lifted for Jason Bungorie, who retired the side in the sixth.

"I don't know what all of that [rivalry] is about between them and St. Joe, but I know they [the Cougars] are always prepared well by their coach, Jim Simms," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder. "These are the types of competitive games we like to be involved in. I just don't like coming up on the short end."

The Cougars' defense responded well in the third and fourth innings. First baseman Billy Cieslak bobbled Chuck Pindell's grounder in the third, but still got him as Vogt covered the bag. Then Fraley, at third base, dropped a pop-up by Adam Gum, who over-ran first base and got caught in a 6-3-4 rundown. Berkey popped up to Cieslak.

After Calvert Hall's Mike Jenkins singled to open the fourth, Bianco scooped a chopper by Holmes and started a 6-4-3 double play. Stastny singled, and took second on a passed ball, but Vogt caught the final batter looking.

Pub Date: 3/25/97

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