In a baseball game that almost didn't happen, No. 8 Archbishop Spalding stunned top-ranked, visiting Calvert Hall, 8-2, yesterday in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game to end the Cardinals' 38-game winning streak dating to last season.
Left-hander Paul DeVito, one of five sophomores who started for the Cavaliers (6-4) yesterday, threw five shutout innings before tiring and giving way to Jason Patten.
DeVito, who coach Steve Miller said "was outstanding and this was big for us, and being young, good for our confidence," left with an 8-0 lead.
Two-run homers by senior Greg Sneeringer and sophomore Jeff Kemp in the fifth inning and three hits by senior Chris Huisman helped put up the eight runs.
In his five innings, DeVito, who threw only fastballs and changeups, gave up just two hits, struck out five and walked six. His last three walks loaded the bases in the sixth with no outs, but Patten escaped after two runs scored.
Calvert Hall (7-1) lost its first game last season to Moore Catholic of New Jersey but then proceeded to set state single-season records for wins and consecutive wins at 31.
"Our luck ran out today," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said.
"We didn't get any breaks and Spalding played very well. My hat's off to them. Their pitcher did a great job and our young pitcher [sophomore Nick Caddick] gave up four hits on 0-2 counts. That has to be worked out. We're 7-1 and that's a good start."
The game was nearly postponed because only one umpire showed up on time for the scheduled 3:30 game. At 4 p.m., the lone umpire was ready to start the game, as were the host Cavaliers, but Eckerl refused to play with just one arbiter.
The second umpire showed at 4:11 and the game got under way soon thereafter, with Spalding taking a 4-0 lead after the first four innings.
"It feels real good because these guys [the Cardinals] have done great things," said Huisman, who is headed to Johns Hopkins.