Weary Cardinals prevail in 8th

After night game in Delaware, No. 1 rallies to defeat John Carroll

Baseball

Calvert Hall 8 John Carroll 7

April 13, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Ripe to be upset at home yesterday, top-ranked Calvert Hall outlasted John Carroll, 8-7, in eight innings.

The Cardinals (12-2) were coming off a 4-1 loss at Caravelle Academy, Delaware's No. 1 team, on Tuesday night.

Joe Velleggia's two-out single to left in the eighth kept the defending champion Cardinals tied for first with No. 4 Mount St. Joseph in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference at 7-1.

Velleggia's clutch hit came after C.T. Stanley's single tied the game at 7.

Freshman Pat Blair's two-run homer in the seventh allowed Calvert Hall to tie John Carroll at 6 and sent the game into extra innings. Sophomore reliever Brooks Rothschild, who left the bases loaded in the last two innings, escaped with the win.

"I'm real proud of the way they came back today," said Cardinals coach Lou Eckerl.

"We had a tough game with Curley on Monday [Calvert Hall won, 7-5] and then had to go up to Caravelle for a game under the lights Tuesday. So, I was a little worried about today, but they came through."

Getting back late Tuesday night, going to school and then facing hungry John Carroll (7-5, 4-4) in the afternoon had all the fixings for an upset. "We were flat [Tuesday] night and we started off flat today," said Velleggia, the All-Metro catcher.

The visiting Patriots jumped ahead 2-0 in the second on a single by Scott Dunn, but Reid Chenworth delivered a grand slam in the second to make it 4-2 for the Cardinals.

Chenworth replaced Nick Wojnowski (broken leg) as DH.

John Carroll knocked out Cardinals starter Rob Hendry in a four-run fifth highlighted by Bryan Wolfe's two-run homer to take a 6-4 lead that stood until Alex Roche gave up Blair's homer in the seventh. Roche gutted out seven innings before giving way to Wolfe in the eighth.

"I'm real proud of my kids because you don't expect to come in here and take them, but we proved we can play with them," Patriots coach George Cooper said.

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