St. Joe rally topples Calvert Hall, 11-8, late

Gibbons continues roll, rocks Chapelgate

10-1 win lands Crusaders in B Conference final

MIAA baseball

May 19, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

With nine sophomores on a 13-player roster, a first-time head coach and a four-win season the previous year, Cardinal Gibbons couldn't have entered 1999 with many more bleak prospects.

Two months, endless practice and 17 wins later, the Crusaders stand a win away from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship after knocking off defending champion Chapelgate, 10-1, yesterday in the second round at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

They have a bye into Thursday's championship round against the winner of today's game between St. Mary's and Chapelgate. Also yesterday, Archbishop Curley stayed alive in the MIAA A Conference with a 10-6 victory over Loyola.

First-year coach Lou Holcomb drilled the Crusaders (17-10) relentlessly in practice and saw his young team mature when it faced a tough early schedule. The structure and competition has paid off.

"We had a regimented practice schedule, and it really helped," Holcomb said. "We also played some really tough games, and it helped us in conference play. Facing a high level of pitching day in andday out you get used to seeing that competition."

Chapelgate (10-8), coming off a 12-4 rout of top-seeded Boys' Latin on Monday, scored its run in the first and was blanked the rest of the way on three hits by Craig King (2-2) and Nick Hoffman.

St. Mary's 8, Boys' Latin 3: Left-hander George Chmiel (7-0) went the distance, giving up three runs, six hits, seven walks and striking out seven as the Saints (16-3) handled the Lakers in MIAA B Conference semifinal action.

St. Mary's faces Chapelgate today at 4 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium to determine who will face Gibbons for the B conference title.

A Conference

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) survived.

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 out a shaky day by the defense.

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