Left for dead two weeks ago, Archbishop Curley has suddenly won three straight MIAA A Conference baseball games, including Wednesday’s 8-1 home win over John Carroll, to pull even with the Patriots in the chase for the sixth and final spot in the upcoming A Conference playoffs.
Both teams are now 7-9 in the conference with two games remaining.
Curley scored three times in the bottom of the first and then scored five times in the sixth, before John Carroll scored its lone run in the seventh.
Nick Brown fueled the first inning rally with a two-run home run to put the Friars on the board. Trent Gast-Woodward and Jalen March both added doubles to plate the third run.
In the sixth, Zeke Maldonado crushed a one-out two-run home run and, later in the inning, Gast-Woodward launched a three-run shot.
While the Friars were stroking long balls, pitcher Colton Knoble tossed an outstanding complete game, allowing just four hits and one run, while striking out six and walking just one.
Pinch-hitter Bogan plated Nate Archibald with a single for John Carroll’s only run, in the seventh.
Curley and John Carroll have now split their regular season series so the final two games will determine who gains the tie-break advantage.
Curley will host No. 1 Archbishop Spalding on Friday, play non-league game at C. Milton Wright on Monday, and then travel to Loyola for its regular season finale on Tuesday.
John Carroll, which has now lost five straight, will host Loyola on Friday, play a non-league game at Dulaney on Monday and close at St. Paul’s on Tuesday.