Calvert Hall tops Gilman, 10-6, starts 'new season' Third-inning rally sends Cards on way to victory

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May 22, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After going six innings in a 10-6 win over Gilman yesterday that snapped his team's two-game losing streak, Calvert Hall right-hander Jason Bungori coined the third-ranked Cardinals' latest motivational slogan.

"The new season began today," said Bungori, who allowed five hits, four runs and three walks against three strikeouts in a first-round Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoff victory over the Greyhounds (10-9).

Top seed Calvert Hall, the league's two-time defending champion, earned the right to play host to McDonogh, which beat Mount St. Joseph yesterday.

Fourth-seeded Gilman travels to Mount St. Joseph at 4 p.m. today in the double-elimination tournament.

Down 3-0 after three innings, Bungori (7-1) said he "never thought about us losing a third game."

The Cardinals rallied, with a little help from the Greyhounds, for five runs and a permanent lead in the home third, in which 10 batters reached the plate. Calvert Hall nailed five of its 12 hits off left-handed starter David Kardian and benefited from three Gilman errors.

Mike Ey (2-for-2, one RBI, two runs), Joe Marcozzi (2-for-4, two runs scored) and Mike Wineke (2- for-4, with a double) led the charge.

"We were down coming in, but I never doubted we could hit this guy," said Bungori. "Once we got rolling, our bats came alive."

With two outs in the fourth, Gilman got consecutive singles from Ricky Beyer (2-for-3, double), Kevin Culbertson (3-for-4, triple) and Scott Homa (1-for-2, two walks) -- the latter scoring Beyer to make it 5-4.

But the Cardinals responded with a four-hit, three-run fifth.

In that inning, Greg Smoot, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior, followed a one-out double by Chris Staub with a first-pitch, 430-foot home run -- his second this spring. Justin Nash (2-for-4) then doubled, advanced on Matt Harlan's single and crossed the plate on a fielder's choice.

Calvert Hall added two more runs in the sixth, as did Gilman, the latter's coming against reliever Brent Gossman. Tom Prevas hit a two-run home run after a double by Nick Funk (2-for-4).

Class 2A semifinal

The state Class 2A baseball semifinal between Lansdowne and Howard will be played at 4 p.m. today at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, Anne Arundel County.

Lansdowne and Howard lost in last weekend's region finals to Loch Raven and Atholton, respectively. But those two teams had to forfeit their regional titles because pitchers for each pitched more innings that state rules allow.

The winner of today's game will meet North Caroline at 3: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Joe Cannon in the championship game.

Pub Date: 5/22/98

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