Watts, Mount St. Joe shut down Calvert Hall for Conley crown Senior out-duels Rhodes, 2-hits No. 2 Cardinals

March 30, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Junior Mike Floyd provided the offense and senior Eric Watts threw a two-hitter to lead No. 3 Mount St. Joseph to a 2-0 victory over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Calvert Hall in the championship of yesterday's 14th annual Jack Conley Invitational Leadoff tournament.

Floyd went 2-for-3 and knocked in both runs against the Cardinals' 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander Shane Rhodes.

Second-team All-Metro Mark Teixiera scored both runs for the Gaels (6-0) against the No. 2 Cardinals (6-2), who made their first appearance in the event.

Watts (3-0) went the distance, striking out three and walking two. He was backed by errorless defense. Rhodes (1-1) had one strikeout, allowed three hits and no walks.

In the seventh, Watts faced a full count with two men on and two outs against Mike Wineke, who grounded into an unassisted fielder's choice by second baseman Jason Funk.

"I just wanted to get it over with, and Jason made an excellent play," said Watts, who, on Tuesday, went the distance with 11 strikeouts and no walks in an 11-0, one-hit victory over Gibbons. "Our defense was great. This is the first time I've played with no errors."

Said Funk: "We knew we had to come out here relaxed, but we knew we had to put our bats on the ball. We knew we could hang with them, but that the key was defense."

Teixiera singled on the second pitch of the second inning and advanced on a walk before Floyd's shot to right brought him in. With one out in the sixth inning, Rhodes hit Teixiera, who advanced on an error before scoring from second on another single by Floyd.

"I went to the opposite field on both pitches, which were fastballs on the outside of the plate," said the 6-3 Floyd, whose run-scoring double put the Gaels up for good in an earlier come-from-behind 5-2 win over Fallston. "I was just patient at the plate, trying to see the ball out of the pitchers' hand."

Calvert Hall had its chances. Dale Berkey led off the fourth with a double and went to third on a groundout. But the last two batters grounded out and popped up respectively, both to Watts.

To start the fifth, Greg Deboy lined out to diving Gaels first baseman Joe Hargadon. Watts walked the next two batters, but got out of the inning when Wineke, already forced out by shortstop Teixiera at second base on a grounder, was called for interfering with Teixiera's attempt to complete the double play. Plate umpire Jim Scheulen ruled that Wineke had gone out of the base path.

"In a big game like this, you don't make a call like that. I was inside the base line," said Wineke. "But we'll see them twice more, and hopefully get them then."

In the first round, Calvert Hall routed Glen Burnie, 13-3.

The Cardinals' John Nash (2-1) had seven strikeouts in four innings, walked one and yielded three hits. Nash also went 2-for-2, with a double. Deboy, Mike Waldt, Brian Bollinger, and Bret Holmes all went 2-for-2. Waldt had a double and a home run, and Holmes a triple.

Against Fallston, the Gaels had to overcome a 2-1 fifth-inning deficit. The Gaels, led by sophomores Hargadon and Jimmy Dunn (both 2-for-3), used a three-run fifth inning to take control.

Juan Carlos Roman (1-0) went the distance for the Gaels, yielding five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Roman, who closed in a victory over No. 4 Chesapeake and had a save against Curley, had a perfect game for 3 2/3 innings.

A thunderstorm forced an early end to the consolation game, with Glen Burnie (2-2) holding a 4-0 lead over Fallston (1-2) in the bottom of the second.

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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