Spalding breaks St. Joe's run behind Germuth's two-hitter

Poiter's three-run homer sinks No. 2 Gaels, 4-1

Baseball

High Schools

April 09, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Throwing inside to batters leads to victories. No. 7 Archbishop Spalding's Andrew Germuth did it like a pro yesterday in dealing No. 2 Mount St. Joseph its first loss in 12 starts this season, 4-1, in Severn.

Germuth fired a two-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks on just 80 pitches while jamming the Gaels' right-handed hitters all afternoon with a fastball and sinker.

"He did a great job, threw the ball inside, kept the ball down and threw his fastball on both sides of the plate," said Spalding coach Steve Miller.

Germuth, a senior right-hander, lost his bid for a shutout in the seventh on an error by second baseman Drew Poiter.

But Poiter was forgiven because he had drilled a game-clinching three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Justin Perry had given Spalding a 1-0 lead with another homer in the fifth inning.

The victory by the Cavaliers (10-2 overall, 6-1 league) left Mount St. Joseph (11-1) in first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference by a half game over Spalding and Calvert Hall, each 5-1.

"I had a good inside, tailing fastball that I threw on all the right-handers' hands," said Germuth, who ran his record to 4-1. "They just couldn't get around on it or got jammed or caught up on the inside corner."

Singles by Matt Staso in the second and Steve Clevenger in the seventh were the only Mount St. Joseph hits. Clevenger scored the Gaels' run on Staso's fielder's choice for the second out in the last inning.

Mount St. Joe coach Dave Norton felt his hitters were not patient against a pitcher who had everything going for him.

"First of all, he's pitching in his own ball park, so he's much more comfortable on that mound," said Norton. "He's throwing his kind of baseball, throwing a Diamond [brand name] with a different kind of stitches [higher] and feel. And he's got a low-ball umpire, and you've got to give him credit - he was hitting his spots and took advantage of the situation."

Mount St. Joseph uses the Worth baseball, which is stitched differently, at its home games.

Brad Miller, a junior right-hander, worked five innings for the Gaels, giving up five hits, striking out six and walking two in 72 pitches.

"Brad just made two mistakes [the homers], but again, if he's pitching at St. Joe in different situations, he could be that much more effective," said Norton.

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