Baseball

Calvert Hall sinks St. Joe to reach `A' final at 32-0

Blair's bat, glove help extend record run

Centennial squeaks by

May 18, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

It was a typical Calvert Hall win yesterday as the host and No. 1 Cardinals defeated Mount St. Joseph, 9-2, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals.

Hitting, pitching and defense once again led to victory as the Cardinals improved to 32-0, breaking their state season records for most wins and most consecutive wins by their 2005 team, which was 31-1.

Calvert Hall advanced to the A Conference final at Ripken Stadium on Wednesday.

The Cardinals delivered one of their patented knockout innings, a six-run fifth. Seven RBIs on the day came from their top four hitters.

Patrick Blair doubled and tripled and had one RBI, as did Reid Chenworth, and winning pitcher Kevin Lingerman tripled and had two RBIs. Cleanup man Jeff Guthridge had two hits, including a double and three RBIs. Lingerman, the only player on this team from the 2005 squad, went the distance with a six-hitter for his seventh win.

And the Cardinals' defense, anchored by sophomore shortstop Blair, sparkled, with Blair involved in two double plays.

With the Gaels (16-14) trailing 3-2 in the top of the fourth, Blair killed a potential big inning. In a first-and-third situation with one out, the runner on first got hung up in a rundown and Blair tagged him out and spun toward home and threw out the second runner.

"Pat did an excellent job on that," Lingerman said. "The team did it perfect, just the way we practice it."

No. 6 Centennial 7, North Harford 6 -- Mike Ross' single with no outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Eagles (17-4) over the visitors. Ben Winter, who was the winning pitcher in relief, led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple and the Hawks (16-6) intentionally walked the bases loaded to set the stage for Ross. Centennial will host No. 8 Fallston in today's regional final at 4 p.m.

St. Paul's 9, No. 12 Loyola 6 -- With a three-run seventh inning, the Crusaders came from behind to beat the host Dons. Reliever Louey Mari struck out four and allowed three hits, getting the win for St. Paul's. Jack Carey had a second-inning grand slam for the Crusaders, who will host Archbishop Spalding on Monday.

No. 8 Fallston 9, Severna Park 8 -- Sean Kelly, Ken Tozzi and Brett Tozzi all had two hits as the Cougars beat the Falcons in the 3A East regional semifinals. Sophomore pitcher Garrett Weinhold got the win for the Cougars.

No. 13 Franklin 9, Patapsco 2 -- Danny Chaconas gave up two runs through six innings, and went 4-for-4 at the plate to help the Indians (16-3) beat the Patriots in the 3A North semifinals. Ryan Becker had the only home run of the game, along with three RBIs. Franklin will face Catonsville in the region final.

Westminster 16, North Carroll 3 -- Senior pitcher Doug Politz got the win and went 3-for-4 as the Owls beat the Panthers in the 3A West regional semifinals. Sophomore third baseman Chris Eckard and senior left fielder Aaron Bell each had three RBIs for Westminster (12-8). The Owls will play Urbana in the regional final.

Pallotti 7, Severn 2 -- Junior Kevin Hughes struck out five in a complete-game victory as the Panthers (21-10) beat the Admirals (12-6) in the MIAA B Conference playoffs. Hughes also went 3-for-3 for Pallotti.pat.omalley@baltsun.com

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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