No. 1 St. Paul's comes home, gets upset, 4-3

McDonogh leads early, halts late Crusaders rally


March 29, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Junior starter Travis White scattered seven hits and struck out four through five innings to pick up the win as McDonogh surprised top-ranked St. Paul's, 4-3, in Brooklandville yesterday.

White also had two hits for the Eagles, who jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and never trailed against St. Paul's, playing its first Baltimore-area game after a training trip to Hawaii.

Josh Napora and Brandon Erbe also had two hits apiece, helping McDonogh improve to 2-0 following Monday's win over Loyola.

Joey Pietropaoli, the winning pitcher against Loyola, picked up a save yesterday after closing the door on a sixth-inning rally from the Crusaders (4-2) that was sparked by Bryan Del Monte's three-run double.

"Our kids put everything together today," McDonogh coach Chet Janiga said. "We played great defense, got great pitching from Travis and Joey, and did the little things like moving runners over and getting them in. Our kids were ready to play."

Ryan Prenger took the loss for St. Paul's.

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