Crusaders knocked out of playoffs by Cardinals

Gibbons' baseball program plays last game

May 14, 2010|By Nelson Coffin, Towson Times

Cardinal Gibbons bowed out of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference forever at Carlo Crispino Stadium in Towson on a summer-like Friday afternoon.

The 5-0 playoff loss to five-time defending champion Calvert Hall marked a sad ending for the Crusaders — and a bittersweet one for Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl, who graduated from Gibbons in 1970.

Gibbons is closing at the end of the current school year.

"I feel their anguish and sorrow," said Eckerl, a former Gibbons player, athletic director and baseball coach who guided the Crusaders to the 1982 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference crown. "Of course I wanted to win, but I was hoping it would come in the championship game."

Afterwards, Eckerl gave a heartfelt speech to the somber Crusaders in the visitors' dugout.

"I can't tell you how proud I am of you as a Gibbons alum," he said. "You will carry the Gibbons tradition with you the rest of your life."

Others at the school located on the same campus where Babe Ruth swatted prodigious home runs and pitched masterfully for the long-defunct St. Mary's Industrial School, were also saddened by the reality of the moment.

"It's been a challenge to gather our emotions all through the season," said first-year coach Matt Foster a 2001 Gibbons grad.The game started well for the Cardinals (22-10) whenMatt Bosse hit a two-run homer off Gibbons' Steve Schillinberg in the first inning.

It was Bosse's team-leading seventh homer and 33rd RBI of the season.

Freshman Alex Murphy's two-run shot in the fifth with Scott Merkel aboard doubled the Calvert Hall advantage and sophomore Alex Pastorious' double an inning later added an insurance run for the top seeds.

"We came out a little flat yesterday," said Ryan Swearingen, alluding to a 2-1 loss to archrival Loyola in the opening round of the conference postseason. "But we have a five-year legacy going here — and we have to live up to it."

Softball

No. 1 Archbishop Spalding 2, No. 12 Mount de Sales 0: Right-hander Emily Weiman pitched a complete game shutout with 15 stikeouts to lead the host Cavaliers (16-3) over the Sailors (11-9) in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal .

Spalding advances to Sunday's championship at 3 p.m. at Harford Community College, where they will face Seton Keough (10-8).

Girls lacrosse

Catonsville 12, Franklin 11, OT: Rachel Schwab had a hat trick to power the host Comets past the Indians in overtime in a Class 4A-3A South Regional second-round game.

Hannah Corton led Franklin with four goals.

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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