Luke and Cam Williams deliver seventh inning RBI’s; Looney homers again

by Joe DiBlasi

Mount Saint Joseph (1-1) was coming off a resounding loss to defending MIAA A conference baseball champion Loyola last week when No. 2 Calvert Hall came to Irvington on Monday afternoon to take on the Gaels.

The Cardinals have struggled early this season but they held a 3-2 lead over the Mount with two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday. Cardinals’ reliever Kasey Baumgart was one strike away from securing the win for Coach Lou Eckerl.

St Joe’s Luke Williams, however had other ideas.

With Luke Hess perched on second base after drawing a walk and moving over on a fielder’s choice, Williams laced 2-2 pitch from Baumgart to right, plating Hess to tie the score.

Cam Williams (no relation to Luke) then whacked a double to right that sent Luke all the way around from first to score the winning run and send the Cardinals home reeling as the Mount won a come from behind thriller.

“Coach kept telling me just to put the ball in play,” said Luke Williams. “I had a 2-2 count and knew I couldn’t go down looking. He (Baumgart) gave me a fastball and I went right side with it and drove in a run.”

Cam Williams said he was looking for a pitch to drive with the potential winning run on base, and he did just that.

“He gave me a fastball after a curveball,” said Cam Williams. “I was just looking to put it in the outfield, and I did.”

The Cardinals held an early 2-0 lead, but the Gaels answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Catcher Justin Looney started the scoring for the Mount with a 370-foot homer to deep left-center.
It was Looney’s third home run of the young season, all coming in just four official plate appearances in the Gaels’ first two games.

Naite Reese followed Looney’s shot off of Hall right-hander Colin Flynn with a single and he scored the Mount’s second run of the inning on an RBI double off the bat of Connor Rudel.

Calvert Hall went back on top 3-2 in the top of the sixth when Mason Unfried (who was 3-for-3 on the day) doubled to start the inning. He moved to third on a bunt single by Pete Marchineck, and scored on a sac fly to right off the bat of Jose Torres.

The lead looked safe as Baumgart was cruising in relief until the bottom of the 7th when he gave up the walk to Hess that led to the heroics from Luke and Cam Williams. Baumgart had surrendered just one hit in three innings of work when the roof caved in.

Mount St. Joe’s John Torroella, who threw three innings of solid relief for coach Rod Cameron, notched the win, and Baumgart took the loss.

Tottoella’s battery-mate Looney said, “John came out today and he was pumping strikes, fooling some kids with his curveball and he had a nice change-up working today.”

Cameron was proud of his team.

“The kids battled back, and got some outstanding clutch hits. Luke (Williams) was used sparingly last year, and Cam (Williams), who came up from JV, ripped that double that won the game.”

Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said that his team has just not found its stride yet.

“We’re just not playing as well as we’re capable of playing right now,” said Eckerl.

Calvert Hall (1-3 overall, 0-2 MIAA A) will try to return to their winning ways on Tuesday when its hosts the Gilman Greyhounds in a game that was postponed from last Friday. St. Joe is now 1-1 with both of its games coming within conference play.

Pictured above (from left): St. Joe’s Luke Williams, Cam Williams and Justin Looney provided the offense in the Gaels walk-off victory over Calvert Hall.

CH 011 001 0 — 3 8 1
MSJ 000 200 2 — 4 6 0
CH-O’Connell, Flynn (3), Baumgart and Landwehr; MSJ-Reese, Tortorella, and Looney
WP-Tortoella LP-Baumgart
2B: CH-Unfried; MSJ-Rudel, Cam Williams.
HR: MSJ-Looney