Hoffman pitches, bats Gibbons to B title

Crusaders top St. Mary's

Curley edges Mt. St. Joe to force A Conf. finale today

MIAA baseball


Cardinal Gibbons senior Nick Hoffman shut down St. Mary's in relief, then hit a game-winning, two-run triple to secure a 5-3 victory in yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title game at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

One of only two senior starters on a 13-player roster that includes nine sophomores, Hoffman was clutch on the mound as Gibbons (18-10) made St. Mary's (17-4) a runner-up for the second straight year.

With two on, two out, and the game tied at 3 in the bottom of the sixth innning, first-year coach Lou Holcomb replaced Justin King with Hoffman. Hoffman walked the first batter to load the bases before getting the last out on a fly to right fielder Corey Whittington.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hoffman walked the first batter before retiring the last three on a pop-up, a grounder and a drifting fly ball to center fielder Doug Summers.

"It was a pressure situation. But if he had to call on someone, I'm glad it was me," said Hoffman, who broke a 3-3 tie with his two-out triple in the top of the seventh inning.

St. Mary's played error-less ball and had seven hits, including Mark Kastantin's double, and triples by Kevin Corradini and Jeff Griffin, whose extra-base hit made it 3-all in the bottom of the sixth.

A Conference

Archbishop Curley, foiled three other times after getting runners to third base, broke a tie with four runs in the seventh inning en route to a 5-1 win over Mount St. Joseph last night in a do-or-die game at the A Conference championships at Joe Cannon Stadium.

"I had to come through," said Adam Schisler, whose two-run single broke a 1-1 tie and gave his team a lead it wouldn't relinquish. "I was just waiting for my pitch."

The victory forces a winner-take-all final between the same two teams this afternoon at 4 at Joe Cannon.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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