Calvert Hall to scored three runs in the top of the second inning, building a 4-0 lead, and the Cardinals went on to defeat host St. Paul’s, 5-2, in Brooklandville, Monday, to regain sole possession of first place in the MIAA A Conference baseball standings.

The Cardinals (17-3, 10-2) have been locked in a tie at the top of the league with Archbishop Curley for the last two weeks, but the the Friars (9-3) were defeated, 7-5, by Archbishop Spalding on Monday, giving Calvert Hall the opening it needed to regain the top spot.  Calvert Hall is schedule to play at Curley on Wednesday.

St. Paul’s (15-4, 8-4), which is still hoping to gain one of the league’s top two seeds for the playoffs, fell back into a tie for third with Spalding, with both teams now 8-4 in the league.

The Cardinals managed just five hits off St. Paul’s ace Keiffer Rawlings and no one had more than one.  Alex Kriss delivered a double for the Cardinals and had two RBI.  Troy Stokes and Tyler Webster also had one RBI each.

David Gately pitched five innings in making the start for Calvert Hall and earned the win.  He allowed four hits and worked his way around eight walks, while striking out three.  Sophomore Trevor Sprinkle allowed just one hit over two innings to close out the contest.

For St. Paul’s, Jake Sebastian was 2-for-3 with a walk and one RBI.  Spencer Horwitz also had a RBI for the Crusaders.

Rawlings pitched a complete game and struck five.  Only three of the runs he allowed were earned.

With rain expected the next two days, the schedule is in doubt, but as it stands now, Calvert Hall is scheduled to visit Curley Wednesday and host Mount St. Joseph on Thursday. Curley will also host Gilman on Tuesday and visit St. Paul’s on Friday.

Also on the schedule for St. Paul’s this week is a game at Gilman on Wednesday and a home game with Loyola on Thursday.  Finally, rounding out the schedule for the league leaders, Spalding will vista Loyola on Tuesday and John Carroll on Wednesday, before hosting Gilman on Friday.