Calvert Hall hits Floyd's heat, cools off No. 1 St. Joe by 11-5

Cardinals pin first loss on Gaels' 90-mph pitcher

May 07, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Throwing 90 mph doesn't guarantee victory, even in high school, as Mount St. Joseph sophomore right-hander Gavin Floyd found out yesterday.

Floyd (9-1) suffered his first loss by 11-5 to No. 3-ranked Calvert Hall. The top-ranked Gaels' ace, Floyd (9-1) also found out that good hitters hit the heat when it comes in straight.

He had velocity but little movement yesterday, and Calvert Hall jumped on him for eight hits and eight runs in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference contest.

After 121 pitches (61 strikes), seven strikeouts and six walks, Floyd left with the bases loaded in the sixth as the Cardinals broke open the game with seven runs.

"No question about it, he's certainly a bright prospect, but I thought last game, we swung the bat decently against him," said Calvert Hall coach Snooky Binder, whose team lost to Floyd and the Mount, 8-4, on April 12.

"We have swung the bat well all year, and it's been a matter of not making plays here and there."

Not yesterday. Junior left-hander Ryan Kyle got plenty of support to run his record to 7-0.

Calvert Hall's 12-hit attack featured five hits and four RBIs from their seventh through ninth batters, Brent Gossman, Luke Thomas and Stu Kimmel. The Cards also played errorless baseball.

The victory left the Cardinals (18-7 overall) tied for first with No. 9 Loyola at 11-3 with St. Joe (16-6) slipping to 10-4 with two games left.

No. 8 Archbishop Curley is in fourth place with a 9-6 mark. The four will be seeded for the start of the MIAA A Conference playoffs May 17.

The host Gaels staked Floyd a 2-0 first inning lead. Jim Dunn led off with a homer to left-center. Paul Kern walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and came home on a wild pitch.

Calvert Hall tied it in the top of the third on Brent Gossman's two-run single to right-center on a 2-1 curve from Floyd, who tipped the breaking pitch as he raised his hands above his head.

The Cardinals took the lead for good with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on Joe Marcozzi's RBI single and one of St. Joe's five errors.

Kyle scattered nine hits, struck out five and walked two on 96 pitches (59 strikes). The Gaels' Todd Plajzer and Allen Strick led off the third and fourth innings with hits, but Kyle picked each off.

Up by 4-2 in the sixth, Binder was willing to play for one run at a time, but ended up getting a bundle.

Marcozzi was hit by a pitch to start the decisive inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and was sacrificed to third by clean-up hitter Gordon Stebbings. Williams then lined a single into left-center over the drawn-up infield to make it 5-2.

Uncorking his fourth wild pitch and walking two Cardinals to load the bases, Floyd was replaced by junior David Byroade. He yielded two-run singles to Kimmel and Marcozzi with a run scoring safety by Dan Sorrells sandwiched in.

With an 11-2 lead, Kyle served up mostly fast balls the final two innings.

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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