Top of order powers Calvert Hall past Spalding

No. 1 Calvert Hall 9 No. 4 Arch. Spalding 6

Baseball

May 16, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

All season long, No. 1 Calvert Hall's first four hitters have done the job, and that is one of the main reasons the Cardinals are 31-0, tying their own state season records for most wins and most consecutive wins. But yesterday they had to take it to another level to keep the streak alive and win their first playoff game, 9-6, over visiting Archbishop Spalding.

A three-run homer by Jeff Guthridge in the bottom of the sixth was the difference thanks to a superb relief stint in the fifth and sixth by left-hander Greg Terry, who got the win. Kevin Lingerman closed it in the seventh for his fourth save to go with his 6-0 record.

Guthridge is the cleanup batter and was one of three of the top four who homered. They were a combined 9-for-15 with six runs, eight RBIs and a double to put away No. 4 Spalding (26-9).

The foursome of Pat Blair, Reid Chenworth, Lingerman and Guthridge (in that order) came into yesterday's game batting a cumulative .456 with 155 runs, 134 RBIs, 37 doubles, 11 triples and 12 homers.

For the first time, three of them homered in the same game, with Chenworth's two-run bomb highlighting a four-run second and Blair's two-run shot giving the Hall a 6-1 lead in the fourth.

"We prepare for every game and we were ready for them," Chenworth said. "The streak is in the back of our minds, we're trying to win a championship."

After Spalding scored four in the fifth, highlighted by Eddie Palmer's two-run single that chased Hall starter Michael Dillon, the Cavs tied it at six in the sixth on heads-up base running by Adam Summerfeldt.

Summerfeldt hit his second double of the game and scored from second on a wild pitch.

"I thought we were in trouble there after being up 6-1," Cardinals coach Lou Eckerl said.

"Our first four hitters have been doing it all year. Like that old saying, I would rather be lucky than good, and hopefully our luck will last for two more games."

The Cardinals are seeking their third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown and opened defense yesterday in Towson.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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