Calvert Hall rallies to upend St. Paul's, 11-6 No. 2 Cardinals rally from 4-0, 6-4 deficits

March 26, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall greeted St. Paul's on its rise from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference up to the A Conference by strapping an 11-6 defeat on the host Crusaders yesterday.

The visitors bounced back from Monday's 2-1 loss at No. 4 Chesapeake to spoil St. Paul's upset bid.

No. 12 St. Paul's (0-1), champion of the B Conference last spring, had leads of 4-0 and 6-4 on No. 2 Calvert Hall (4-1) before the Cardinals erupted.

Center fielder Dale Berkey started Calvert Hall's comeback by leading off the fourth with a booming homer to left-center. Third baseman Mike Waldt singled in a run and junior second baseman Greg Deboy's two-run homer to left tied the game at four.

St. Paul's would regain the lead at 6-4 in the fifth on a two-run safety to center by No. 9 hitter Chip Sturm off right-hander Jason Bungori, who had relieved Shane Rhodes in the fourth.

With Crusaders at the corners and two outs, the left-handed-swinging Singleton came up. Coach Joe Binder made a trip to the mound and issued an intentional walk to Singleton. That put a second runner in scoring position and loaded the bases with St. Paul's cleanup hitter coming up.

"I was thinking did I really to put him on and load the bases and be in a walk situation? " said Binder. "And if we were going to throw to him, I wanted to make sure we were going to miss and not be in the middle of the plate.

"Then I looked at him [Singleton] and figured it would be no problem to walk him and pitch to the right-hand hitter."

With everybody running on a 3-2 pitch, Bungori caught Adair Newhall looking on an inside fast ball to end the inning.

Waldt ignited the sixth-inning uprising with a bases-empty homer down the right-field line to make it 6-5 and junior first baseman Justin Nash (3-for-3, four RBIs) unloaded a three-run homer to left-center to put Calvert Hall in front for good at 8-6.

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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