Spalding knocks off No. 1 Mt. St. Joe, 4-2 McCarthy hands Gaels first loss on four-hitter

April 11, 1997|By Pat O'Malley

Senior right-hander Mike McCarthy spun a four-hitter with five strikeouts as unranked Archbishop Spalding upset top-ranked Mount St. Joseph, 4-2, in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play in Severn yesterday.

Right-fielder Sam Creveling homered and had two RBIs for the Cavaliers (5-4), who dealt the Gaels (9-1) their first loss.

"It's the biggest win since I've been head coach," said second-year Spalding coach Roger Yarnell. The Cavs were 2-15 last year.

Creveling led off the bottom of the first with a homer, and the Cavs added three more runs in the second. Mike Wallace and Creveling singled in two of those runs, and the other came home on Ryan Collins' fielder's choice.

McCarthy (2-1), a 5-foot-7, 145-pound four-year varsity player, gave up all singles and was never in bad trouble until the last inning, when he gave up three of his four walks. St. Joe scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

The first two Gaels walked in the top of the seventh and moved to second and third on a fielder's choice before McCarthy struck out Roland Austin on a curve ball.

Another walk loaded the bases, but McCarthy dug back to strike out Jimmy Dunn to end the game.

"Mike just got a little nervous in that last inning," said Yarnell. "But when he got that first out, I felt confident he would get it done.

"Of course, I wore out a path [pacing back and forth] on the sidelines in the last inning."

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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