Greyhounds blank St. Joe, 3-0; MIAA A roundup: John Carroll walks-off Curley; St. Mary’s shutsout McDonogh; Spalding thumps Loyola
by Joe DiBlasi
Gilman ace Peter Heubeck threw a complete game four-hit shutout to lead the Greyhounds to a 3-0 victory over visiting Mount Saint Joseph in MIAA A Conference action on Tuesday afternoon in Roland Park.
The win moved the Greyhounds (9-5 overall, 8-3 MIAA A) into second place in the league, still a half-game back of first place Archbishop Spalding (8-2). The Hounds are scheduled to face the Cavs on Thursday afternoon at Spalding with first place on the line.
St. Joe (8-5, 5-5) got another strong outing from junior lefty Patrick Bauer, who lost a 2-1 decision in a pitcher’s fuel with Spalding’s Parker Thomas last Friday.
Mount Saint Joe had runners in scoring position in every inning against Heubeck on Tuesday, but the highly scouted righty got out of hot water every time to preserve his shutout and get the win.
“As a team, we did a good [defensive] job of damage control,” said Heubeck. “I didn’t have my best stuff the first couple of innings, and then I settled down, and we made good plays when it mattered.
“They are a good team; it was a good win. I was able to get my curveball over today, and I used it on 3-2 counts, and that helped a lot.”
Gilman grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when Adam Hicks lead off with a double, and ultimately scored on a Saint Joe throwing error.
It stayed that way until Ryan Martinez smashed a 350-foot two-run round-tripper in the fifth. The hard-hitting third sacker for Coach Larry Sheets, praised Bauer.
“He’s a great pitcher. He has a good breaking ball and he gets the ball over the plate.”
Heubeck also had kind words for Bauer. “He made his pitches. He has a good fast ball, good curve, and he can spot up.”
The big lefty went six strong innings against Archbishop Curley two weeks ago before the Gaels dropped a 3-2 decision to the Friars in eight innings, and then came the 2-1 loss to Spalding, and Tuesday’s tough loss to Gilman.
Bauer said his catcher (Michael Sweeney) called a great game today. “We were on the same page.
I had good stuff today: my curve ball was working, but I still have a few things to work on”.
Sheets tipped his cap to the Gaels.
“They’re a good ball club, and they were one-hit away a couple of times.”
Sheets calmly raved about Heubeck.
“He’s a pitcher, not a thrower, and he keeps getting better and better each time he goes out there.”
St. Joe had a runner on second with one out in the first, second and third innings, a runner on third with one down in the fourth, a runner on second with one out in the fifth and sixth, and a runner on second (on Zach Wainio’s double) in the seventh, but Heubeck slammed the door every inning.
Gaels’ coach Phil Kraska again lamented the Gael’ s lack of offense.
“We still need somebody to step up,” said Kraska.”Jackson (Bauer) pitched three great games that he didn’t deserve to lose. He is a great competitor, but we are still struggling offensively.”
Pictured above: Gilman senior ace Peter Heubeck delivers towards the plate in his four-hit complete game shutout of Mount St. Joseph.
GILMAN 3, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 0
MSJ 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
GIL 010 020 x — 3 4 1
MSJ-J. Bauer and Sweeney; GIL-Heubeck and Wills
WP-Heubeck LP-P. Bauer
2B: MSJ-Wainio; GIL-Hicks.
JOHN CARROLL 1, ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 0
John Carroll’s Frank Adamski tossed a complete game two-hitter and Mason Deletis delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the host Patriots knocked off Archbishop Curley, 1-0, in MIAA A Conference baseball, Tuesday in Bel Air.
Demetri Roros started the game-winning rally with a lead-off walk in the seventh and Griffin Shirk, who came on to run for Roros, advance to second on a sac bunt by Tate Gerringer. Cody Kurek then drew a free pass to put Patriots on first and second, setting the stage for Deletis, who hit a drive to left to produce Shirk, and the victory.
Curley, which scored 17 runs on Monday in a win over St. Mary’s, could not reproduce that performance against Adamski. He only struck out two, but after allowing a two-out single to Tristan Schoendienst in the first he retired 18 consecutive Friars. Ryan Edmonds broke the string with a two-out single in the seventh, but Adamski followed with a strikeout to complete seven innings of work having thrown only 56 pitches.
Edmonds went the distance on the mound for Curley, scattering six hits and striking out eight, but the Patriots tagged him with the loss with their run in the seventh. Adamski had a one out triple in the John Carroll second, but Edmonds stranded him by getting the next two.
John Carroll moved to 7-4 overall and in the A Conference and they remain in fourth place, a half game back of Curley (13-3 overall, 7-3 MIAA A). The Friars fell a half game back of Gilman, which took over the second spot with a 3-0 win over Mount St. Joseph.
ST. MARY’S 2, MCDONOGH 0
Two teams searching for a baseball win in the MIAA A Conference met at Bestgate Park in Annapolis, Tuesday, and host St. Mary’s scored twice in the sixth inning to pull out a 2-0 win over McDonogh.
The win snapped a five game losing streak for the Saints (3-7 overall, 2-7 MIAA A), while McDonogh (0-10, 0-9) remained winless.
Nick Hulme plated St. Mary’s first run with an RBI single and then Brennan Moran, who reached with a walk earlier in the inning, stole home for the second run. Moran stole second and advance to third on a fielder’s choice before swiping the plate.
Damion Keneally pitched 3.2 innings of relief, including a scoreless seventh to get the win. He allowed just one hit and struck out eight. Michael Coit made the start and also pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit ball.
Evan Marcinko pitched into the sixth inning for McDonogh, throwing 98 pitches before tiring
ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 11, LOYOLA 1
First place Archbishop Spalding remained red hot, Tuesday, rolling through Loyola 11-1 in five innings.
The Cavaliers collected 11 hits, including three doubles and three triples. Kyle Garrett had one of the triples and went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Brady Hannon also had a triple with two runs scored and three RBI’s. Sam Mungin had the other triple in a pinch hit appearance.
Thomas Joseph was also 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Ben Wieman had a double with two RBI’s.
On the mound, Noah Mrotek went the distance, scattering five hits, one run and nine strikeouts.
Mason Burke was 2-for-2 with a double for Loyola. George Apostol also had a double and run scored for the Dons.