Cardinals advance in MIAA A

Calvert Hall 3 Archbishop Spalding 0

Baseball

May 23, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Defending champion Calvert Hall has served notice that it isn't about to give up its Mary- land Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship without a battle.

After eliminating top seed Mount St. Joseph on Friday, the No. 6 Cardinals knocked out second seed and host (19-9) Archbishop Spalding, 3-0, yesterday in Severn on a one-hitter by Rob Hendry.

Steve Brinkley's grounder in the hole at short leading off the sixth was the only hit off Hendry. The 6-foot-5 right-hander, who is headed to UMBC, struck out six and walked one on 90 pitches.

Calvert Hall (25-8) advanced to tomorrow's A Conference finals at 5:30 p.m. at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen against fifth-seeded Gilman (14-9), the surprise team in the double-elimination tournament.

In order to repeat as A Confe- rence champ and win its 15th title since 1963, Calvert Hall has to beat Gilman tomorrow and Thursday.

"This team can beat anybody when they want to play, but we don't know which team is going to show up," coach Lou Eckerl said.

The Cardinals lost a key hitter and outfielder in senior Nick Wojnowski (.538) at midseason to a knee injury.

Experimenting with several replacements for Wojnowski, Eckerl went to second-string catcher John Collingsworth, a junior, in left field the past couple of games. Collingsworth ended up being one of the stars yesterday.

"I've been telling Coach all year, put me in and I will do something," said Collingsworth, who singled in two runs off losing pitcher Jason Patten (4-2, 4 saves) in the fifth. Patten had dealt Calvert Hall a 3-2 loss last week before the Cardinals roared back in the losers' bracket.

"He gave me a chance."

MIAA B semifinals

Park 7, Friends 0 -- Ben Hyman threw a five-hitter with three strikeouts and a walk and went 3-for-3 with a triple and RBI as the Division II Bruins (16-6) advanced to tomorrow's 3 p.m. B Conference final against defending champion and Division I winner Pallotti (22-6) at Ripken Stadium. "Ben doesn't throw hard, but moves the ball around," Park coach Scott Lowe said of Hyman (7-2), who has given up only one earned run in his last 40 innings pitched.patomalleysports@aol.com

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