It will be interesting to see what happens this week when Mount St. Joseph's baseball team meets No. 2 Gilman for a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
The two teams met Saturday in the finals of the President's Cup and had a free-for-all at the plate. A total of nine pitchers were used, as batters combined for 30 hits and 23 runs in a game Mount St. Joseph won, 12-11.
Last week, Gilman coach Larry Sheets said his team's win over MSJ in last year's President's Cup final caused the Greyhounds to lose their edge the next week when they faced the Gaels. He thought it also contributed to his team not making the post season playoffs.
Saturday, Mount St. Joseph coach Dave Norton called what happened on the field, "a crazy day." But didn't seem at all worried about what's going to happen next.
Norton said he played all but one of his players in the game. The only one who didn't play was his bull pen catcher, who was kept busy warming up the four pitchers the coach had to send into the game.
"This feels great," said Norton, whose team is now 12-10. "I feel happy for my team. They're beginning to understand what it means to be a team."
But isn't he afraid they may have a let down Tuesday in the rematch with Gilman?
"It could have just the opposite affect," Norton said. "They now know the feeling of being a championship team. Next week we have another opportunity to take a step toward winning another championship, if we can make it to the post season."