Rain settles it early: Mt. St. Joe gets the nod over Gilman, 5-3


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 (3-4) threatening with runners on first and second base.

The game became official after five innings per Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rules.

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.

But 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 improved to 7-3, 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."

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