No. 6 Cardinals blank St. Mary’s; the record could be tied on Tuesday at Loyola
Lou Eckerl, who has announced that this will be his final year as the baseball coach at Calvert Hall, picked up his 509th career win and his 460th as the Calvert Hall skipper, when his Cardinals defeated St. Mary’s, 5-0, on Monday in Annapolis.
The victory leaves him one win shy of his predecessor Joe “Snooky” Binder and sets the stage for him to tie the record for all time wins as Calvert Hall when the Cardinals visit arch-rival Loyola on Tuesday.
Eckerl reached the 500 career win milestone late last season with a thrilling 13-inning victory at Archbishop Curley. Prior to coming to Calvert Hall, he won 49 games during three years as the manager at now defunct Cardinal Gibbons School, his alma mater.
No. 5 Calvert Hall took a 1-0 lead on sac fly to center by Josh Gibbons. It stayed that way until the fifth when the Cardinals added two runs on an RBI single by Connor Keys and a sac fly by John Harris.
A fielder’s choice grounder made it 4-0 in the sixth, Lamar King, after doubling to leadoff the seventh, came around to score on a wild pitch.
EJ Hankerson made the start for Calvert Hall, but left the mound after just four pitches. He did remain in the game, however, and collected two hits in three trips. Keys and Dylan Aguilera also had two hits.
Dom Bahr earned the win by throwing 4.1 innings of relief allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Ryan Perry pitched the final 2.2 innings, also allowing just one hit, and striking out five.
Eckerl’s overall career record now stands at 509-160. His Cardinals are 5-3 overall this season and 2-1 in the MIAA A Conference. St. Mary’s (5-5 overall) fell to 0-3 in the league.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that Lou Eckerl tied Snooky Binder’s record with this victory. VSN regrets this error.