A trip to Ripken Stadium at the end of May has become so routine for the Calvert Hall baseball team that an appearance in the MIAA A Conference finals can practically be written on the schedule in ink. Well, get out your ink erasers because the Cardinals will not be in Aberdeen for the first time in a dozen years, as they were eliminated from the MIAA A Conference baseball tournament, Friday, as No. 19 Gilman traveled to Towson and blanked the Cardinals, 5-1, in event’s final elimination game.

Gilman will take the second spot in the tournament finals, which have been moved to Monday at Ripken in anticipation of heavy rain over the weekend, and the Greyhounds will need to defeat top-seeded Archbishop Spalding twice to claim it’s third MIAA A title. Spalding need just one victory to win its third straight league championship.

Emmanuel Engerman was the hitting star for Gilman. He hit a solo home run in the top of the first and then singled in a pair of the runs in the third, as the Greyhounds built a 3-0 lead. Charlie Darby plated the other two runs with a single in the fifth.

Calvert Hall got its only run in the bottom of the seventh. Jose Torres led off with a triple and Brendan Webster walked. Drew Ehrlich, who came on in relief in the seventh for Gilman, got JP Webster to ground into a double play, with Torres scoring on the play. Ehrlich then fanned Cardinal slugger Garret Matheny to end the game.

Alex Shafer, Michael Willis and Max Costes all gave Gilman coach Larry Sheets two scoreless innings on the mound, allowing just 2 Calvert Hall hits over the first six innings. Willis was credited with the victory.