Rosenfield tosses a gem for the Greyhounds; seeds nearly set as the playoffs begin on Friday

by Joe DiBlasi

No. 4 Gilman got five strong shutout innings from starter Danny Rosenfield and the bullpen completed the job as the Hounds clinched the second seed and a bye in the upcoming MIAA A Conference baseball playoffs with a 5-0 win over No. 13 McDonogh, in Roland Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Gilman, with its league schedule complete, will have a first round bye, along with top seed Calvert Hall, when the A Conference’s double-elimination tournament gets underway on Friday. The Greyhounds and Cardinals will begin their post-season journeys on Monday.

The Greyhound offense was lead by Jackson McCambridge who had three RBI’s and Tyler Martinez who drive in two.

McCambridge put Gilman (20-9, 13-5 MIAA A) ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a fielders’ choice grounder to short, and he ripped a two-run homer to left in the third.

Gilman got an additional run in the third on a sac-fly from Tyler Martinez and they added another run in the fifth when Martinez doubled to left.

Pitcher Danny Rosenfield allowed just four hits in earning the victory for the Greyhounds.

Rosenfield held the Eagles to three harmless singles and a double from Cory Kowitz. Kowitz was the only runner to get as far as second base against the tall lefty during his stint on the mound.

“I didn’t have my curveball early,” said Rosenfield. “I found it in the third inning, but my fastball was working all day. McDonogh is a good team. They turned some heads this year, they will probably win some games in the playoffs.”

McCambridge said that Gilman treated Tuesday’s game like a playoff game.

“We came out ready to play,” said McCambridge, who was looking for a curve ball on his home run and he got it.

Martinez praised Gilman’s pitching.

“We shut them out, and were able to save our bullpen for the playoffs.”

Gilman skipper Larry Sheets was pleased with the effort from Rosenfield.

“Danny threw the ball really well,” said Sheets. “He commanded both sides of the plate which is huge. We’’ve got pitching this year that should last in the playoffs. It will be exciting to see how far we can go.”

McDonogh (14-12 overall) is currently 9-8 in the league with one game to play – Wednesday at St. Mary’s. If the Eagles defeat the Saints they will finish 10-8 in the league and will be tied for fifth-place with No. 14 Archbishop Spalding, which finished at 10-8 with a 19-0 romp over St. Paul’s, on Tuesday. In that situation, McDonogh owns the tie-break by virtue of a win over third-place Mount St. Joseph, which swept Spalding.

Also on Tuesday in the MIAA A Conference, first-place Calvert Hall (16-2 overall) routed Archbishop Curley, 12-5, to finish 16-2 in the league; No. 10 Loyola (13-8 overall) blanked St. Mary’s, 10-0; and No. 11 Mount St. Joseph dropped John Carroll, 6-1.

Loyola finished its league schedule at 13-5 and will be the third seed, while the Gaels (18-8 overall) went 12-6 to finish fourth.

Loyola will host the sixth seed (Spalding or McDonogh) on Friday and the fifth seed will be at St. Joe, also on Friday.

Pictured above: Jackson McCambridge (left) and Tyler Martinez combined to drive in five runs as Gilman clinched the second seed for the MIAA A baseball playoffs.

MCD 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
GIL 103 0101 x — 5 9 1
Gemmill. -Marcinko, and Hertzberg; Rosenield, Leikus (6), Mather (7),
Maheshwari, and Mallas
2B: GIL-T. Martinez, Bennett, MCD-Kowitz.
HR: GIL-McCambridge.
WP-G Rosenfield LP – M Gemmill