Patriots win their third straight elimination game to reach MIAA A baseball finals; Eckerl’s Calvert Hall career ends; Indian Creek wins in the MIAA B
The John Carroll baseball team continued its sensational run through the elimination bracket of the MIAA A Conference baseball tournament, Friday, going on the road and knocking off second-seeded Calvert Hall, 6-2, to earn a spot in Monday’s finals at Harford Community College against top-seeded and top-ranked Archbishop Spalding.
Since losing a 1-0 heart-breaker at Spalding on Monday, the Patriots have defeated Loyola Blakefield, 6-5, 3rd-seeded Archbishop Curley, 10-2, and now 2nd-seeded Calvert Hall.
John Carroll (16-11) put the pressure on the Cardinals right from the outset, scoring twice in the second and adding two more in the top of the fifth on a long home run by Frank Adamski. Calvert Hall got one run back in the home half of the fifth on the 15th home run of the season by Cardinal catcher Lamar King, but the Patriots inched closer to the win with two more in the top of the seventh, including a solo home run from Matt Archibald.
Ethan Ruiz was 2-fo-4 for the Patriots with a double and two runs scored, while Dallas Brooks scored two runs.
The loss not only ends Calvert Hall’s season at 21-9, but it signals the end of the legendary career of Cardinals’ head coach Lou Eckerl who announced his retirement earlier this year. Eckerl returned to the dugout on Friday after missing the two previous games while in COVID-19 quarantine.
John Carroll will get another shot at Spalding (25-4) on Monday at Harford Community College. The Cavaliers need one win to take the championship. If the Patriots extend their win streak on Monday they will earn a chance to win the title on Tuesday.
INDIAN CREEK 3, ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC PREP
Indian Creek took the long journey from Crownsville to Buckeystown, Friday, and came away with a 3-0 victory over host St. John’s Catholic Prep, to stay alive in the MIAA B Conference baseball elimination bracket.
The Eagles (17-10) will now visit Boys’ Latin (17-6) on Saturday morning with an opportunity to earn spot in the tournament finals, which get underway on Monday.
Riley Handwerger was the hitting start of the Eagles as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. The Eagles also got a complete game shutout from Logan Frazier, who allowed just four hits to claim the win.
St. John’s finished its season at 15-6.
St. Paul’s (21-7) remains undefeated in the double elimination tournament and will meet Saturday’s winning on Monday at Harford Community College. The Crusaders need just win to claim the crown, while their opponent will need two wins.