Cards' Geiger No-hits Dons

Varsity Baseball

April 25, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Calvert Hall pitcher Blake Geiger said he had been waiting for this rematch since Loyola shut out the Cardinals on March 31. And when the senior took the mound Friday at the Cardinals' field, he was in control, pitching his first career no-hitter to stake No. 5 Calvert Hall to a 4-0 victory over its archrival.

"I definitely had the confidence I would beat them," said Geiger, who is 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA. "They beat us, 10-0, the last time we played. That was my motivation right there. We've never been beaten by 10 runs in maybe 20 or 30 years."

Geiger struck out eight in his seven innings. He walked one batter and put another on when he hit him with a pitch, but other than that, No. 8 Loyola could not reach base. The Dons' offense could not help its pitcher, Harry Slade, who also had a fine performance, allowing five hits and two runs before being relieved by Brandon Friedland in the sixth.

The win kept Calvert Hall (18-4, 11-2) at the top of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, while Loyola fell to 13-6, 8-5.

"He [Geiger] was able to locate his pitches really well, outside, inside," Loyola junior shortstop Ian Sedner said. "His curveball was working really nice. Overall, he just threw a great game. ... So, hats off to him."

The game was scoreless through 4 1/2 innings, but in the bottom of the fifth, back-to-back walks to Calvert Hall's Patrick Blair and Alex Lenovitz set the stage for Matt Bosse's two-run single, which was enough to seal the win. Singles by Patrick Fitzgerald and Scott Merkel drove in two more runs in the sixth.

"It was really a tight game, but they were able to break it open when they had the opportunity, and that was the difference," Loyola coach Paul Schiminger said. "I tip my hat to Blake Geiger. He was really on. This is a great rivalry. There's always a lot of emotion ... and that's why it's a good battle to the finish."

ARUNDEL 11, NO. 3 SEVERNA PARK 6:: Brandon Gill's two-run homer in the second helped the Wildcats upset the host Falcons (11-1). Zach Zarati added a solo home run and pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief to earn the save.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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