Lingerman throws no-hitter

Pitcher also has game's only RBI

Cardinals extend streak to 28

Calvert Hall 1 Notre Dame (Va.) 0


May 03, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Kevin Lingerman pitched a no-hitter and knocked in the only run as top-ranked Calvert Hall kept its winning streak alive with a 1-0 victory over Notre Dame Academy of Virginia at McManus Field in Towson yesterday.

But his mother should get some of the credit.

Lingerman, who is 4-0 with three saves mainly as a closer this year, has been wearing a "lucky necklace" during Calvert Hall's 24-0 run this season (28 straight since last year), but left it home yesterday.

"Thank God his mother brought the lucky thing here before the game, or it would have been over," Cardinals coach Lou Eckerl joked, tugging at the black necklace with white lettering.

"If he didn't have this before the game, I couldn't have let him pitch."

Lingerman, who pitched his first complete game, lined a single to right with two outs in the fifth to score pinch runner Evan Cain for the only run.

The game matched the two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions against the three-time defending Virginia Independent Schools League champs.

"They are by far the best team that has beaten us," said Notre Dame coach Michael Lockhart, who played at Clemson. "Their pitcher did a very good job of keeping us off balance."

Lingerman, a junior right-hander, struck out five and walked four on 93 pitches against the Dragons (25-4) who are ranked No. 4 by The Washington Post.

He effectively mixed an 84- to 86-mph fastball, changeup and sharp-breaking slider for his first career no-hitter.

"That was a real good team we beat," Lingerman said. "My defense did all the work, making plays left and right."

Calvert Hall committed just one error and had a 1-6-3 double play to end a first-inning jam. The Cardinals' outfielders flawlessly handled five fly balls that were altered by a crosswind.

Second baseman Cody Schuchman misplayed a topped ball by Notre Dame ace Ryan Crosby on the edge of the grass with two outs in the fourth. It was ruled an error.

Besides Lingerman's hit, Crosby gave up only a double to Reid Chenworth in the first, walked four and struck out four.

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