The McDonogh baseball team earned a regular season split in its series with John Carroll, Tuesday in Owings Mills, as the Eagles edged the Patriots, 6-5, in MIAA A Conference action.
The teams traded the lead five times and were tied 5-5 when McDonogh (4-7, 4-7) came to the plate in the bottom of the 7th inning. Paul DiPino, who opened the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, scored the game winning run on a well executed suicide squeeze bunt by Aidan Griesser.
Jordan Rhodes pitched 5 strong innings for McDonogh, while going 2-for-3 with solo home run at the plate. Will Margraff was also 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, while Jack Kinney was 2-for-3 and DiPino was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
Andrew Golden was the winning pitcher for the Eagles, as went the final two innings.
Will Tokarski and Paul Wilson each went 2-for-3 for John Carroll (7-8, 3-7) and both hit a home run in the loss.
With six teams making the league playoffs, both squads remain alive for the post-season. McDonogh is currently in 8th-place, but only one game out of fourth, with 7 to play. John Carrol is in 9th place, but just a half game behind the Eagles, with 8 games left.