Chapelgate, Davidson cool improving Gibbons

Champ Flames win, 7-2

pitcher has 4 RBIs, too

Baseball

April 14, 1999|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With victories over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference powers Calvert Hall and Archbishop Curley, Cardinal Gibbons could be a dark horse in the B Conference race.

But while the Crusaders may be on the rise, Chapelgate showed it's still the team to beat in the B Conference, defeating the Crusaders, 7-2, in Ellicott City yesterday.

The defending B Conference champion Flames (3-3, 2-0 league) received another fine performance from senior Chris Davidson, who drove in four runs and pitched a complete game.

"We didn't show up ready to play, and we ran into a pretty good pitcher," said Gibbons coach Lou Holcomb. "He had a nice curveball, forkball, fastball, and he threw strikes."

Gibbons (6-6, 1-1), which already has surpassed last season's win total of four games, was unable to get by the right-hander, who in the fifth worked out of a bases loaded, one out situation.

The Crusaders were able to nick Davidson for a run in the bottom of sixth on an error before the Flames put two runs across in the seventh inning for insurance.

That was more than enough for Davidson, who presented Chapelgate with the B title last spring with a stirring performance on the mound and at bat. Yesterday, he allowed five hits and walked two, but he also struck out 10.

Chapelgate had nine hits against three Gibbons pitchers, five between shortstop Matt Tigert (two) and Davidson, who reached base all four times, twice on doubles.

His second double -- a line shot to left that scored T.J. Connors and Tigert -- was the key hit in a three-run fourth inning that gave Chapelgate a 5-1 advantage.

After allowing an one-out double to Billy Roy, Davidson walked two before striking out Gibbons' No. 3 and 4 hitters, Craig King and Nick Huffman, ending the threat.

On a sunny, breezy afternoon, Davidson immediately made his presence felt. With lead-off hitter T.J. Connors at third, Davidson brought him home with a solid single pass the shortstop into left field. He needed only nine pitches to retire Gibbons in the first, not missing the strike zone.

In the second, Gibbons had runners at second and third, but Davidson escaped, striking out Justin King and getting Matt Foster to ground out to third.

Pub Date: 4/14/99

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