No. 2 Calvert Hall rallies from behind to edge St. Mary’s on King’s walk-off blast


Few area baseball players are having a bigger season than Calvert Hall senior catcher Lamar King.

Wednesday at home, King, a Georgia Tech commit who is good bet to be selected in the MLB Draft in June, collected three more hits including a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to help the Cardinals complete a stunning, 10-9, come-from-behind victory over visiting St. Mary’s.

The blast was King’s ninth of the season as he drove a 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence with two out and no one on.

King also drove in the first of six Calvert Hall runs, with a single, in the bottom of the seventh inning, boosting a rally that erased a 9-3 St. Mary’s lead and sent the contest into extra-innings. The 2nd-ranked Cardinals scored their next three runs with a bases loaded walk, a hit batter with the bases still juiced and a wild pitch. They then tied it on a two-run triple by Tyler Gibbons. It was Gibbons’ second triple and third extra-base hit of the game. Chase Davalli also had a triple and two hits for the Cardinals.

St. Mary’s, looking to pull the upset, scored one in the first and took a 5-0 lead with four in third. Calvert Hall scored single runs in third, fourth and fifth innings, but St. Mary’s responded with two in the fifth and one in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Henry Carbone led a 13-hit St. Mary’s attack by going 4-for-5 with one run and one RBI. Ryan Merkel went 3-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI and Rocco Abdinoor had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI.

Calvert Hall (15-5 overall) improved to 6-2 in the MIAA A Conference where they sit in second place. St. Mary’s (7-10 overall) fell to 2-8 in the league.

Pictured above: Calvert Hall’s slugging catcher Lamar King, who hit is ninth home run of the season on Wednesday, a walk-off blast in the bottom of the eighth inning that lifted the Cardinals to a 10-9 win over St. Mary’s.