No. 6 Mount St. Joseph blasts past No. 12 McDonogh

McCracken strong from the mound

Draper, Spahn clean up at the plate

April 10, 2010|By Rich Conforti

A standout performance from Mount St. Joseph starter Gehrig McCracken helped the No. 6 Gaels to a 12-2 home win over No. 12 McDonogh in five innings Friday.

McCracken, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior, held the Eagles to four hits.

"He threw a nice game for us," Mount St. Joseph coach David Norton said. "He got himself in trouble from time to time, but he settled down and got the pitches he needed. He has a lot of promise as a pitcher. . ... He works real hard, and we like what we see and think he's going to be a very successful high school varsity pitcher."

Trailing 9-2 in the fifth, McDonogh had an opportunity to get back in the game, as it loaded the bases with one out. But McCracken got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.

The game was called when Mike Draper hit a two-run homer that sailed high over the left-field fence, giving the Gaels the mercy-rule victory. First baseman Zach Spahn led Mount St. Joseph with four RBIs.

"We hit the ball really well, and we score a lot of runs," Norton said. "If we get the pitching going along with the hitting, we'll be a real good team. ... That was a game we had to win."

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