Friars score six runs over the final two innings to prevail, 11-8

Archbishop Curley overcame a big early deficit, on the road Tuesday, to rally for an 11-8 MIAA A Conference baseball victory at Loyola Blakefield.

The Friars (4-0, 2-0 MIAA A) trailed 8-2 after three innings as Curley starting pitcher James Gladden could not survive the second inning. After a scoreless first, Gladden was touched for five runs in the second by the Dons (1-1, 1-1) without recording an out.

Curley began its comeback with two runs in the fourth inning with an RBI single by Ryan Torres, who later scored on an infield error, and one more in the fifth. In the sixth, the Friars scored three times, thanks to a 2-run single by Zach Gaeta and an RBI single by Gladden to tie the contest at 8-8. In Curley’s 3-run seventh, Torres delivered an RBI single, Gaeta produced a sac fly and Ryan Edmonds scored on a wild pitch.

Kyle Luong, Trent Waire and Ryan Wright all had RBI singles in Loyola’s five-run second. The Dons also scored on a wild pitch and an RBI grounder off the bat of Mason Burke.

Josh Braxton delivered Luong to plate with a triple in a three-run Loyola third and scored on an error. Later, Wright singled and scored the Dons’ eighth run on yet another Curley error. Unfortunately for Loyola, it’s offense went quiet after the third.

An error chased home Curley’s first run in the first and Kobe Davis had an RBI single in the third.

Edmonds, who came on in relief of Gladden, allowed three runs and five hits in four innings of work and Tristan Schonedienst claimed the win with two scoreless frames at the end.