Hitting-happy Loyola belts McDonogh, 17-10

Dons climb to 9-0 in MIAA

18 hits include 7 doubles


April 15, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

They battered 16th-ranked McDonogh for 18 hits, including seven doubles and a home run. But more importantly, eighth-ranked Loyola unofficially won the first half of the league season.

Yesterday's 17-10 victory improved the Dons' record to 9-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and 10-2 overall, as the Eagles slipped to 4-6 overall, 1-6 league.

The Dons begin the second half of the 10-game conference schedule by playing host to No. 2 Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday before visiting No. 3 Calvert Hall on Thursday.

"Once we got going in the beginning of the year, I guess that's something we really wanted -- to beat every team in the league first-time around," said left fielder Mike Naylor, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles.

McDonogh was the sixth ranked team the Dons have defeated, including defending MIAA A Conference champ Calvert Hall and league runner-up Mount St. Joseph.

The Dons also have a win over Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County, a recent upset winner over top-ranked, defending Class 4A state champ Arundel.

"We don't look at the rankings and say, `This is where we should or shouldn't be.' They don't matter much right now. It's where we end up that counts," said Brad Siegert, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and lacked only a triple for the cycle.

Still, the ranking is not bad for a team that failed even to reach the conference playoffs last season.

And under first-year coach Tim Nordbrook, formerly of Loch Raven, the Dons are a hard-hitting group.

Loyola's leadoff hitter, Adam Rohr, was only 1-for-3 yesterday but had a game-high four RBIs and scored twice. No. 2 hitter Bryan Seward had three RBIs, including a second-inning two-run single.

No. 3 batter Steve Pyzik was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and No. 4 Jeff Fertitta was 2-for-5 with two doubles as Loyola batted around in scoring five times in both the second and third innings.

"We figured we could have a good season," said Pyzik, who is headed for Clemson. "But no one, including me, thought we'd be doing this well. I guess this team's proven me wrong."

But the Eagles, with 10 hits, didn't go down quietly.

McDonogh's Cap Poklemba went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and lacked a triple for the cycle, and Tim Heller was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two doubles.

Jeremy Brown finished at 2-for-3. His two-run home run gave McDonogh a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the third. And McDonogh's three-run fourth inning made the score 10-9.

Siegert's home run sparked Loyola's fourth, which included Jason Culotta's double with two outs and three errors by McDonogh. Loyola led 12-9 entering the fifth.

Ryan Smith was that lone Loyola player who went hitless, but even he found a way to add runs. Smith walked with the bases loaded and nailed a fifth-inning shot was marked as a run-scoring error after it was mishandled by the center fielder. Smith got two RBIs and also scored twice.

"Everyone contributes," said No. 5 hitter Brett Smigala, who was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. "We haven't faced the best pitchers from every team, but we will from now on."

McDonogh's Paul Winterling and J.B. Doub each went 1-for-2. Winterling had two RBIs and Doub one RBI.

No. 5 Fallston 13, No. 14 C. Milton Wright 6: Mike Duncan had two hits, including a three-run home run, and five RBIs as the Cougars (6-1) downed the host Mustangs (5-3) in Harford County. Steve Little had three hits and drove in two runs for Fallston, which matched a season-high with 19 hits.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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