St. Mary's bats speak volumes vs. Mt. Carmel

Visiting Saints' 11 hits overwhelm rival, 14-0

Baseball

May 06, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

As the defending regular-season champion and last season's league tournament runner-up, St. Mary's has taken for granted just one of its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Associated B Conference rivals this spring.

Since an 11-0 loss at the hands of Boys' Latin earlier this season, St. Mary's has been all business. The visiting Saints (12-1, 8-1 league) were so again yesterday, routing league rival Mount Carmel, 14-0, at Martindale Park.

"The one time we didn't come ready to play, we got blown out pretty good," said catcher Mike Mullen, referring to the shutout defeat to Boys' Latin. "No more of that. This year, we want to go out on top."

St. Mary's spoke to that goal with its bats, punishing four different pitchers for 11 hits in the five-inning mercy-rule win -- the Saints' fifth of the season.

"We were like, `Bring it on,' " said Mullen, who was 4-for-4 with three doubles and five RBIs. "We were seeing the ball really well, and we were able to stay on top of it."

St. Mary's did not commit an error and led 11-0 after two innings. Nine Saints reached the plate in the first inning, and St. Mary's batted around in the second.

Brad Stevens went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs and Brian Ford added a two-run double. Kevin Corradini, who has a team-high six home runs, went 0-for-2, but had two RBIs, scored twice and walked twice.

"We have talent, and today, we showed it," Stevens said. "We've got our one loss, but now it's time to move on."

Saints starter Justin Kalnoske (6-1) retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced, striking out five, walking one and yielding only a first-inning double to Mount Carmel's leading hitter, Shaun Stallman, who's batting .571 with two home runs and two triples.

Stallman played well in losses to A Conference powers Archbishop Curley and Calvert Hall, going a combined 4-for-7 with four RBIs, including a home run. He has 20 RBIs and has scored 19 runs. But yesterday the left-handed pitcher got no offensive help from teammates.

St. Mary's reliever Tony Magnolia retired three of four batters in the fifth, striking out two and walking one as Mount Carmel (9-6, 6-3) suffered its second straight loss after a 6-1 league start.

"We played good defense like we have all year," Kalnoske said. "Winning like this feels good, but we want a championship."

Pub Date: 5/06/99

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