Patriots eliminate Spalding, 11-6, and will face Loyola on Wednesday

Senior slugger Ryan Archibald drilled a pair of home runs, finishing with two runs scored and four RBI’s as second-ranked John Carroll bounced back from Monday’s home loss to Gilman to stay alive in the MIAA A Conference baseball playoffs by eliminating fifth-seeded Archbishop Spalding, 11-6, Tuesday in Bel Air.

The Patriots (20-5) scored five times in the fourth inning to take an 8-1 lead and scored three more in the bottom of the sixth, after Spalding rallied for four in the top of the inning to put the game away.

John Carroll advances in the elimination bracket and, weather permitting, the Patriots will host fourth-seeded Loyola (15-10) on Wednesday afternoon.

Archibald got John Carroll on the board in the bottom of the first inning when hit a two-run home run to centerfield. The speed of Brad Hock created JC’s third run in the second. After reaching on a fielder’s choice grounder with two down, Hock stole second and moved to third when the throw to second was booted. Then, with Grant Astle at the plate, Hocked scored on a wild pitch.

Spalding got on the board in the top of third with a solo home run by starting pitcher Josh Moylan, but John Carroll responded with a five-run fourth.

Astle plated the first two with a two-run single and Johnny Galant reached on an error that allowed the Patriots’ sixth run to score. Archibald the capped the rally with his second home run of the day, a two-run shot to right field.

Justin Caesar got Spalding back on the board in the sixth with an RBI double and Ethan McCormick plated a run with an infield ground out. Corey Blohm followed with an RBI single to left and Peter Godrick drove in the fifth run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Tyler Blittersdorf delivered the insurance for John Carroll in the sixth with a clutch, two-out triple with drove in three runs. McCormick singled for his second Spalding RBI in the seventh, but it was too little, too late to keep the Cavalier season alive.

Archibald was also the winning pitcher, going five solid innings, allowing five hits and five run (three earned), while striking out nine and walking one. Ben Pika and Ryan Ishak each pitched one inning to get the Patriots to the finish line.

Moylan, who pitched the first 3.1 innings and suffered the loss, went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two runs scored to lead the Cavaliers offense. Cory Blohm also went 2-for-3 in the loss.

Spalding finishes it season at 17-13. The Cavaliers won their final four games of the regular season to reach the playoff after suffering a seven-game losing streak. The opened this double-elimination tournament with a 4-2 loss at Loyola, but bounced back on Monday to eliminated third-seeded Calvert Hall, 4-3.

The winner of Wednesday’s Loyola/John Carroll game will play the loser of Wednesday’s winners’ bracket game between top-seeded Archbishop Curley and sixth-seeded Gilman on Friday.

Pictured above: John Carroll’s Ryan Archibald hit a pair of two-run home runs to keep the Patriots post-season hopes alive.