Pitchers’ duel busted open by Patriots rally in extra frame

The Gilman School baseball team staved off a shutout and kept hope alive for a win with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Thursday, in its MIAA A Conference baseball game with visiting John Carroll School.

The wheels fell off the cart for the Greyhounds in the next half inning, however, as the Patriots erupted for eight runs in the top of the 8th inning and left Roland Park with a 9-1 win.

John Carroll loaded the bases with no one out in the eighth with a pair of walks and a single. Frank Adamski then cleared the bases with a one out double and scored when the following batter, Ethan Ruiz, produced an RBI single, to go up 5-1.

Two more walks and a hit batsman chased Ruiz home and another walk made it 7-1. Mason Deletis followed with an RBI single and the final run was plated on an RBI ground out by Matt Bishop.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when Will Wieman drew a leadoff walk for John Carroll (2-0, 2-0). He moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt and then raced to third on a dropped third strike, before scoring on a wild pitch by Gilman senior ace Peter Heubeck.

It was Heubeck’s only flaw on the day, as he worked five dominant innings and did not allow a hit while striking out 11 batters.

Adamski was John Carroll’s starting pitcher and was not as dominating, allowing seven hits and striking out one in five innings of work. But he kept the Greyhounds off the scoreboard just the same.

Gilman scored its run, also on a wild pitch. With two outs and no one on in the seventh, Patriot reliever Michael Gibson-Robinson, who got the win, issued consecutive walks and followed with back-to-back wild pitches to allow Ryan Martinez to race home with the Greyhounds’ only run.

Gilman (2-1 overall, 1-1 MIAA A) outhit John Carroll 10-4, but never got the key hit it needed. D. Leikus as 3-for-4 for the Greyhounds, while Matt Leikus and Trevor Weiner each had two hits.

Matt Leikus and Trevor Weiner each had two hits.