To say that Calvert Hall has Gavin Floyd's number may be a gross understatement.
Floyd, Mount St. Joseph's ace right-hander and a projected No. 1 draft pick, is 24-0 in his high school career against A Conference teams and everybody else, except Calvert Hall.
Against the visiting Cardinals, the 6-foot-6 Floyd is 1-4, including yesterday's 9-2 defeat at No. 2 Mount St. Joe (6-2).
"I hate losing to Calvert Hall, " said a dejected Floyd afterward.
As they did last year, the No. 3 Cardinals (7-1) got a well-pitched game from a Kyle brother, and their aggressive, yet disciplined hitters sat on Floyd's 95 mph fast ball, made contact and scored runs.
"I don't have to get these kids up to go against a pitcher like Gavin Floyd," said Calvert Hall coach Snooky Binder. "He's top-notch and we know we need a great effort to beat him."
Floyd lost a no-hitter in the seventh and finished with a 9-0, one-hitter the first time the teams played last year, but Calvert Hall and All-Metro left-hander Ryan Kyle beat Floyd the next two games, 5-2 and 9-4.
"Part of it is psychological, " said Gaels coach Dave Norton.
"They have the edge on him and instead of him relaxing and using his God-given ability, he tenses up."
Yesterday, Matt Kyle (4-0), a right-handed brother of Ryan, who is 3-0 at St. John's in Jamaica, N.Y., pitched into the seventh on a four-hitter, coming out after 106 pitches with Josh Koziol getting the last two outs.
"This was my goal for the year, what I wanted to accomplish," said Kyle, who walked three and struck out seven.
"I wanted to be able to do what my brother did last year. I talked to him last weekend when he was home and I told him I was throwing this game and told him I would come back like he did."
Kyle's fast ball was clocked in the high 80's and occasionally hit 90. The pitcher he beat was throwing in the low to mid-90's, frequently hitting 96 and 97, but the Cardinals made Floyd work overtime.
Floyd (3-1) threw 132 pitches, including 44 in a five-run Calvert Hall sixth, his last inning of the game.
With a number of scouts looking on, Floyd gave up 10 singles, seven runs and five walks; wild-pitched in three runs in the sixth; and struck out 10.