Bosse hits three homers as No. 4 Calvert Hall routs No. 1 Gilman, 15-5

March 29, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

Calvert Hall came into Tuesday's game against Gilman averaging about 10 runs and 11 hits per contest this season.

The host Cardinals actually fared a little better than average against their long-time Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival.

Matt Bosse sparked a 16-hit attack with three homers and six RBIs as No. 4 Calvert Hall needed just five innings to roll to a surprisingly easy 15-5 victory over No. 1 Gilman.

Calvert Hall (8-4, 2-0) scored two runs before Gilman (9-3, 1-1) even retired one batter in the first. The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead thanks to a five-run second inning and finished the game with four homers and four doubles. Five Calvert Hall batters got at least two hits. as Gilman starter Mike Dunbar and two relievers never got on track.

"This could be the best hitting team we've had in the 29 years I've been here," said Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl, whose team entered the game with a .401 average. "We've got some bats this year. We absolutely do."

The top four hitters led the way for Calvert Hall, paced by Bosse in the cleanup spot. Leadoff hitter Alex Patsorius (3-for-4) had three doubles and an RBI. Justin Fratantuono (1-for-2, one RBI), Alex Murphy (2-for-2, three RBIs) often set the table for Bosse, who finished 3-for-3 and also drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Maryland-bound senior outfielder blasted a three-run homer to right in the second and added a solo homer to center in the third and a solo shot to left in the fifth. Murphy started the fifth with a homer off Charles Cross, and Bosse then greeted Ryan Stevens with a solo shot to left.

"We've got a very good lineup this year," Bosse said. "We have something special."

The Cardinals also got a break in their five-run second inning thanks to three consecutive wind-blown hits that kept things going before Bosse blasted his three-run homer.

Calvert Hall starter Garrett Walther went the distance, giving up five runs on five hits in five innings. Ryan Ripken (RBI single) and John Durham (two-run double) helped Gilman cut the lead to 7-3 in the third before the Cardinals added two more in the fourth.

Matt Tilley belted a solo homer in the fifth, and the Greyhounds added an unearned run to cut the lead to 9-5. But Calvert Hall scored six runs on five hits in the bottom half to end the game.

"They swung the bats," said Gilman coach Larry Sheets. "It was one of those days."

Calvert Hall 15, Gilman 5 (5 innings)

G00302-- 5 5 1

C25026—15 16 2

Dunbar, Cross (2), Stevens (5) and Simmons; Walther and Murphy. 2B: G-Durham; C- Patsorius 3, Fratantuono; HR: G- Tilley; C- Bosse 3, Murphy

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