Todd Plajzer's bases-loaded, two-run single with two outs in the seventh inning and Jimmy Dunn's subsequent two-run triple lifted No. 4-ranked Mount St. Joseph to a come-from-behind 11-8 victory over third-ranked Calvert Hall last night.
The victory, achieved about 11: 30 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, earned the 20-6 Gaels a berth in tomorrow's championship game of the double-elimination Maryland Interscholastic A Conference tournament.
The game, marred and slowed by 14 errors, eight by Calvert Hall, sent the 22-8 Cardinals into today's semifinal against No. 6 Archbishop Curley, which eliminated No. 8 Loyola earlier yesterday. Coach Joe Binder's Cards are trying for a third straight tournament win and ninth in the '90s.
The Gaels trailed by as much as 8-2 after four innings, when Calvert Hall's Joey Marcozzi stole home for the Cardinals' final run.
The Cardinals had split regular-season games with Gaels' sophomore Gavin Floyd (10-1), whose fastball has been clocked as high as 92 mph.
Down 3-2, the Gaels came unglued during a three-error third inning in which Calvert Hall batted around and took a 7-2 lead, scoring four times on singles by Greg Smoot, Brad Williams, Stewart Kimmel and Luke Thomas.
But Floyd recovered with support from his offense. He completed the game, striking out nine and allowing seven hits.
Plajzer led the Gaels, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Teammate Paul Kern went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Dunn went 2-for-5.
For the Cardinals, Thomas went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Smoot 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and two runs scored, and Kimmel went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Losing pitcher Brent Gossman (6-4) struck out six batters, walked two and yielded nine hits.
No. 6 Archbishop Curley 10, No. 8 Loyola 6: Scott Kosmicky's three-run homer broke a 6-6 tie and highlighted a five-run sixth inning as the Friars (21-9) fought off elimination from the A Conference tournment with a five-run sixth inning.
Curley, which dropped a 7-6 decision to Calvert Hall in Monday's opening round, trailed 6-3 after three innings. But single runs in the fourth and fifth set up Kosmicky's heroics and helped bail the Friars out of a three-error day in the field.
Cardinal Gibbons 10, Chapelgate 1: The Crusaders' Craig King (2-2) and Nick Hoffman shut down the defending B Conference champion Flames after the second-round game's first inning.
St. Mary's 8, Boys' Latin 3: Left-hander George Chmiel (7-0) went the distance yesterday, giving up three runs, six hits, seven walks and striking out seven for the Saints (16-3).