Big third lifts Calvert Hall

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Five-run inning, Trionfo's pitching spark 7-1 win over Archbishop Curley

April 04, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,

The outcome of yesterday's baseball game between No. 2 Calvert Hall and No. 6 Archbishop Curley was written in the sky, if not the stars. The dark clouds over the outfield fence at Carlo Crispino Stadium dissipated into rainbows at the end of the decisive third inning of Calvert Hall's 7-1 victory Friday.

The Cardinals blew the game open in the third, forcing Curley's starting pitcher, Mike Niederhauser, from the mound and roughing up his replacement, Sean Doyle, as Calvert Hall scored five of its seven runs.

With the Cardinals leading on a run by junior second baseman Greg Bryant (three runs, a triple and two RBIs), shortstop Patrick Blair got the big inning going with an RBI double and then scored, as 10 batters came to the plate.

In the top of the inning, Mike Trionfo struck out two of three Curley batters and was well on his way to a career-best 11 strikeouts. The senior allowed the Friars four hits. Only a homer by Matt Johnson in the fifth prevented a shutout.

"I had eight strikeouts Monday," Trionfo said about a winning performance against Washington power DeMatha. "The numbers just seem to keep going up. Our pitching coach, John McKay, really helps me out a lot."

Friday, Calvert Hall (8-2) needed to be good. It had beaten DeMatha, 5-4, on Monday and No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, 10-0, on Tuesday. But Thursday the tables were turned; the Cards were pummeled, 10-0, by No. 13 Loyola.

"If we had lost two games in a row, people would have started to wonder about us," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said. "As it is, we're a young team that hasn't reached midseason form yet. We're still searching for consistency, and we have yet to show support for our young pitchers. When Mike [Trionfo] or Blake Geiger pitch, we win. When it's anyone else, it's a crapshoot."

Unfortunately for Curley (5-4), Trionfo was on the mound, leaving Friars coach Jack Thomas perplexed.

"We haven't been hitting all week and until today, our pitching had been pretty good," he said. "It's just disappointing the way we played today."

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No. 5 St. Paul's 8, No. 6 McDonogh 7: : Patrick Powderly's extra-man goal proved to be the game-winner as the visiting Crusaders beat the Eagles.

St. Paul's received three goals from Alex Chay.

No. 2 Calvert Hall 17, No. 11 Mount St. Joseph 2:: Senior Jason McFadden had four goals and was one of 13 scorers for the Cardinals (4-1), who defeated the host Gaels.

No. 8 Archbishop Spalding 13, No. 10 Severn 5:: Matt Burke and Kevin Cooper both scored four goals as the visiting Cavaliers (2-1) defeated the Admirals.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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