Calvert Hall loses the errors in shut out win vs. No. 6 Loyola

April 11, 2013|By Todd Karpovich, For The Baltimore Sun

After top-ranked Calvert Hall suffered its first league loss earlier in the week with several uncharacteristic errors, coach Lou Eckerl held a rare team meeting, urging his players to not only refocus but to stop putting so much pressure on themselves as the area's top-ranked team.

The message resonated as host Calvert Hall bounced back Thursday with 7-0 victory over No. 6 Loyola. This time, it was the Cardinals who took advantage of several miscues and pitcher Ben Deaver pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings.

The Cardinals improved to 10-5 and 6-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A conference, trailing first-place Gilman by a half game. Loyola remains in third place at 3-3, and is 11-7 overall.

"I think we were kind of putting pressure on ourselves and guys were trying to do more than they could do," Eckerl said. "It was one of those things where it was just play baseball and relax. That's what we did today."

Calvert Hall committed five errors in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to Gilman. The Cardinals didn't commit any errors against the Dons, who in turn, committed four errors that led to five runs.

Deaver had an effective outing, scattering seven hits with one strikeout and two walks. Loyola starter Bruce Zimmerman pitched 5 1/3 allowing just two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

Calvert Hall opened the scoring in the first inning when leadoff hitter Troy Stokes reached on a two-base error and then stole third. He then scored on a fielder's choice by Richard Rodriguez.

The Dons threatened in the fourth when Brandon Arvon led off with a double, but Deaver got out of the jam by getting three ground outs. Deaver escaped again in the fifth when Joey Dinoto and James O'Malley opened with back-to-back singles. However, Deaver got Conor Reynolds to hit into a 4-6-3 double play and snagged a sharp grounder by Zimmerman to end the inning.

"We really needed to get back on the field today," Deaver said. "Loyola has always been a big rival to us, but Gilman is also becoming a big rival because we've lost to them three times in the past two years. We really needed to get back into things and winning MIAA games."

The Cardinals finally pulled away in the fifth as a throwing error allowed two more runs to score. Alex Murphy then hit an RBI-double and Louis Copley laid down a successful squeeze bunt to increase the lead to 5-0. Calvert Hall would add two more runs before Rodriguez replaced Deaver and shut down the Dons the rest of the way.

"We put ourselves in a hole by making an error on the first play and that run came in to score," said Loyola coach Jim Crowley, whose team played five games in five days. "I was really proud of the way my guys battled. My starter Bruce Zimmerman was coming back on short rest. He battled and gave us everything. With a team as strong as Calvert Hall, you can't make mistakes."

Agate

No. 1 Calvert Hall 7, No. 6 Loyola

L 000 000 0-- 0 7 4

C 100 06X -- 7 5 0

2B: L-Arvon; C-Murphy

Zimmerman, Evans (5) and Dinoto; Deaver, Rodriguez (5) and Murphy.

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