Mt. St. Joe overcomes St. Paul's Teixiera, Warner supply offense in 8-4 victory

April 08, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

One of these days, No. 13 St. Paul's is going to lay a loss on one of the area's best teams. But yesterday's game against visiting Mount St. Joseph wasn't one of those days.

No. 1 Mount St. Joseph improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference with an 8-4 victory over the Crusaders (2-3, 2-3). Second-team All-Metro shortstop Mark Teixiera went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored, and third baseman Dan Warner, who was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored, lacked only a triple for the cycle.

St. Joe played errorless ball for the second time this year behind right-hander Eric Watts (4-0), who went the distance, allowing five hits, walking three and striking out five. Crusaders pitcher Tom Trela (four strikeouts, three walks) also went the distance, but of the Gaels' 11 hits, five of their first seven were for extra bases.

St. Paul's, last year's two-time MIAA B Conference champ, still is looking for a victory over a quality A Conference foe. It blew an early lead in a season-opening loss to Calvert Hall, and fell, 3-2, to defending A Conference champ Gilman.

"We knew their pitching was suspect, so we wanted to come in and really get our bats on the ball and play hard," said Teixiera, a junior. "We knew they had some batters too, but we've been backing up our hits with good defense."

St. Paul's, meanwhile, erred four times, with three leading directly to runs. Clemson-bound shortstop Justin Singleton erred three times.

The Gaels jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning that was capped by Warner's two-out, three-run home run. St. Paul's came back with run-scoring singles by Trela and Adair Newhall -- the latter with the bases loaded -- to make it 5-2 entering the second inning.

"I've been in a groove at the plate lately, and of course, I'd have liked to hit a double or a triple on that one," Newhall said. "But he [Watts] jammed it inside, and, fortunately, I was able to bloop it."

But the Gaels were boosted byTeixiera's second-inning RBI triple, and, in the third, Warner's RBI double and Eric Gibson's RBI triple.

"The first couple innings were rough," said Watts. "I threw a couple of fastballs early, but me and [Roland] Austin worked really well later on. He called most of the pitches and we were able to mix it up more."

Pub Date: 4/08/97

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