Calvert Hall's Gossman keeps Curley guessing, 4-1

Win keeps No. 3 Cards in battle for MIAA top spot


May 01, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall gained some breathing room yesterday -- kind of.

Senior right fielder Greg Smoot's double in the first inning drove in two runs, all pitching ace Brent Gossman would need as he struck out 10 to lead the No. 3-ranked Cardinals over visiting Archbishop Curley, 4-1, at Redwood Park.

With the win, 17-6 Calvert Hall maintained a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference lead with a 10-3 record. The No. 10 Friars dropped to 9-5 in the league (18-8 overall).

Both No. 2 Mount St. Joseph and No. 6 Loyola, also sharing the conference lead, won yesterday to keep the battle for the top seed in the playoffs knotted. "We're getting near the end of the season," he said. "It's important that we start getting confidence in ourselves, both offensively and defensively."

Gossman provided the Cardinals with a shot of confidence. The junior right-hander gave up only five hits and kept Curley, one of the area's best-hitting teams, guessing with a variety of fastballs, curves, and changeups.

"The key was not to let the first guy get on base, because if you let the first guy on base, he usually comes around to score," said Gossman, whose record improved to 5-3. "Getting some runs in the first helped, too."

Calvert Hall struck in the first inning against Friars senior pitcher Daniel Deming.

Junior second baseman Dan Sorrells (3-for-3, all singles) led off with a single to left field. He advanced to third on two misplays by Curley senior catcher Chris Kosmicky, the first a wild pickoff throw, the second a Deming fastball that squirted away from him.

After senior shortstop Seamus Corcoran walked, senior center fielder Joe Marcozzi (2-for-3) drove in Sorrells with a double into right-center field for a 1-0 lead. Then, Smoot smacked another double to score Corcoran and Marcozzi for a 3-0 lead.

The Friars clawed out a run in the top of the fourth. With one out, senior center fielder Vincent Bush reached first on Sorrells' fielding error. Bush stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.

Gossman struck out senior right fielder Andy Welling, but junior shortstop Stephen Althoff roped a triple into left-center to narrow the game to 3-1.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the top of the sixth with one out. Senior second baseman Luke Thomas squibbed a hit between Deming and Curley senior first baseman Derek Fritz that brought Marcozzi home.

Coach Al Frank credited Gossman for keeping his Friars, who were coming off a 6-5 victory over Loyola, confused.

"He kept us off-balance, and he was throwing his curves for strikes," Frank said. "We couldn't bunch our hits together to score enough runs."

Pub Date: 5/01/99

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