Adam Rosenstein singled home pinch runner Andrew Golden with two outs in the bottom of the seventh lifting McDonogh School to a 5-4 victory over No. 1 Archbishop Spalding in a MIAA A Conference baseball contest at Eyth Field in Owings Mills Monday afternoon.
Golden entered the game for Reid Qinn, who singled with one out in the seventh. Golden moved to second on a wild pitch. After Matt Spind struck out against Cavalier reliever Justin Caesar, Rosenstein lined a 2-0 pitch to right, giving the unranked Eagles (5-13 overall, 4-10 MIAA A) the walk-off victory.
McDonogh grabbed a 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth as Evan Hertzberg scored on Matt Palumbo’s error. Palumbo atoned in the seventh with sac bunt, scoring Alex Green, who opened the frame with a single, then reached third via an error and wild pitch.
Qinn went 2-for-3 for the Eagles, and Robert McHugh drove in two runs. Paul Dipino homered in the second inning.
Spind got the victory with an inning of relief as the three-time defending MIAA A champ Cavaliers (18-5, 11-4 MIAA A) managed three hits against Spind and Rosenstein (6 innings, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts). Green, Alex Vermillon, Palumbo and Kris Burkowski each had a RBI and Peter Godrick swiped three bases.
Spalding now trails first-place Calvert Hall (13-2) by two games with just three to play, including one head-to-head match-up.
McDonogh is tied for eighth-place with Mount St. Joseph. The Eagles remain mathematically alive in the playoff chase, 2-1/2 games behind sixth-place John Carroll and 1-1/2 back of seventh place Archbishop Curley. McDonogh has four games yet to play.
McDonogh School 5, No. 1 Archbishop Spalding 4
Spalding 110 001 1 – 4 3 2
McDonogh 100 201 1 – 5 7 1
WP: Spind; LP: Caesar
3B: Spalding – Caesar
HR: McDonogh – Dipino