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Calvert Hall 8-2 Mount St. Joseph 7-8

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Nothing was settled yesterday in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference for baseball.

In fact, the league has gone from a two-way tie for first between Calvert Hall and Mount St. Joseph to a three-way tie with Archbishop Spalding joining the group. The first two teams split two games in Irvington, and Spalding also won to leave all three teams 8-2 in league play.

No. 2 Calvert Hall took only one inning to win the completion of a March 24 suspended game, 8-7, ending the Gaels' 11-game winning streak. The Cardinals (16-3) then lost the regularly scheduled game, 8-2 to the No. 3 Gaels (12-3).

Meanwhile, No. 7 Spalding (12-5) crushed visiting McDonogh, 10-0, on Paul DeVito's three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Chris Huisman's 3-for-4 effort with two doubles and two RBIs.

The Gaels' Bryan Hamilton lost the suspended game by making a throwing error on a bunt in the eighth inning, then had to go back out for the second game.

"It was hard to forget about that [error] right away, but I knew if we dropped two we would be in second place and have to dig ourselves out of a hole," said Hamilton, who had a two-hitter and eight strikeouts over six innings.

"The team needed me to step up and throw strikes."

Four-run outbursts in the third and fifth innings gave Hamilton, whose 1-1 afternoon left him 3-1 on the season, all the support he needed. Shortstop Nick Natoli's two-run single highlighted the Gaels' third while Ryan McDonald hit an opposite-field, three-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole in the fifth.

"After we lost the first one, we were a little down, but Hamilton really picked us up by handling a really good hitting team," McDonald

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