Rain settles it in Mount St. Joseph's favor, 5-3

Game is called in sixth with Gilman threatening


High Schools

April 10, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The timing could not have been worse for Gilman as the umpires called yesterday's baseball game between the No. 13 Greyhounds and No. 1 Mount St. Joseph, handing the Gaels a 5-3 victory at home.

After playing in a steady rain and occasional downpour through five innings, the umpires stopped play in the top of the sixth with one out and Gilman threatening with runners on first and second base.

The game became official after five innings per Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rules. According to both coaches, the umpires made their call because they thought it was raining too hard to continue playing.

As a result, the score reverted to that in the previous completed inning.

Gilman third base coach Stan White Sr., whose son, catcher Stan White Jr., had led off the sixth with a single to center, and first base coach Keith Kormanik were not happy with the officials' decision.

While the base coaches visibly and verbally indicated their displeasure, Gilman coach Marty Meloy took it in stride.

"We're really backed up in league games because of the weather, and I think the umpires were trying to do as much as they could to get it in," Meloy said.

Coach Dave Norton, whose Gaels will play host to No. 5 St. Paul's (8-1) today and have road games tomorrow (Calvert Hall) and Saturday (McDonogh), said he was somewhat surprised by the umpires' decision.

"But maybe the umpire was clairvoyant," Norton said, "because a minute later it started to pour. We lucked out."

Meloy declined to use the abrupt cancellation as an excuse. "We had our chances earlier in the game and didn't take advantage," he said.

Gilman (3-4) scored twice in the first inning as Gaels left-hander Paul Santucci struggled with his control. Santucci walked three in the first inning and left runners in scoring position. He finished with 10 walks.

After the Gaels (7-3) scored a run in the third, Gilman added a run in the top of the fourth for a 3-1 lead.

Gilman pitcher Ambrose Wooden walked Steve Clevenger and Kevin Leasure to start the Gaels' fourth and, before the inning was over, the home team had scored four runs. Joe Peeler had a key single and Brandon Rice and catcher Brian Bent had RBIs.

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