Collier throws six no-hit innings as surprising Patriots move into first in the MIAA A


Nick Collier tossed six no-hit innings and Hunter Tipton, despite allowing a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh, got the save as John Carroll went to Calvert Hall and knocked off the third-ranked Cardinals, 3-1, in the rain Wednesday afternoon, moving into sole possession of first place in the MIAA A Conference playoffs.

The surprising Patriots are now a perfect 6-0 in 2018 and 4-0 in the MIAA A Conference.

Ryan Archibald put John Carroll on the board with a solo home run, leading off the fourth inning. Later in the fourth Johnny Gallant reached on a walk, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Nico Santoro.

Archibald produced a second run with a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh, stretching the John Carroll lead to 3-0.

Calvert Hall’s only hit and only run came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh when Jose Torres homered over the left-field fence. Tipton then struck out the next batter to finish off the victory. The Cardinals continue to struggle in the early going, falling to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the league. There are currently in eighth place, three games behind the Patriots.