Archbishop Spalding, which ascended to the top of the VSN Baseball Top 20 for the first time this season, on Monday morning, saw its 12-game win streak come to an end later that afternoon, as the Cavaliers were knocked off by Loyola Blakefield.
Spalding’s win streak began with an 8-2 home win over Loyola, on March 20, and the Dons returned the favor on Monday with an 8-5 MIAA A Conference win at Blakefield.
The Dons broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run home run by third-baseman AJ Holcomb in the bottom of the sixth inning. Catcher Hunter Spalt then followed with a triple and Chris Barnes, who came on as Spalt’s courtesy runner, eventually scored on a wild pitch to stretch Loyola’s lead to 8-4.
Justin Pelletreau kept Spalding alive with an RBI single in the top of the seventh, but winning pitcher Jack Glock, who tossed the final three innings for Loyola, pitched out of the jam to close out the victory.
Holcomb had a huge day, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBI and three runs scored.
Loyola broke on top with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. James Moses manufactured the first run with leadoff walk and a steal of second, before moving to third on a bunt single by Jack Reinhardt and scoring on a wild pitch. Holcomb kept the inning going with a single which was followed by walks to Spalt and Chris McDonald. Both Reinhardt and Holcomb then scored on passed balls. Holcomb helped the Dons go up 4-0 in the third when he stroked a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by Will Glock.
Spalding battled back to tie with a four-run 4th-inning. The rally started with back-to-back singles by Nick Vermillion and Kris Burkowski. Peter Godrick then plated Vermillion with a double which chased Burkowski to third and both runners scored on a two-run single by Alex Green. Green stole second to get in scoring position and raced home with the tying run on a RBI single by Nick Benitez.
Spalding (14-3 overall) is now 8-2 in the A Conference and tied for first with Calvert Hall, which defeated Gilman,15-7, on Monday. Loyola (7-7 overall) is right in the thick of the race at 7-3 in league play.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Loyola won its earlier meeting with Archbishop Spalding on March 20th. Spalding, in fact, won that contest, 8-2. VSN regrets this error.
LOYOLA 8, NO. 1 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 5
AS 000 400 1 — 5 8 1
LOY 301 004 x — 8 7 2
Gerber, Sherman (6), Caeser (6) and Pelletreau; Wyatt, J. Glock (5) and Spalt.
WP-J. Glock LP-Sherman
2B: AS-Godrick; LOY-Holcomb.
3B: AS-Fochtman; LOY-Spalt.