Mount St. Joe right-hander pitcher Peter Solomon threw a complete game six-hitter, on Tuesday at Carlo Crispino Stadium, as the visiting Gaels knocked Calvert Hall out of first place in the MIAA A Conference baseball standings with a 6-2 win.
Solomon improved to 5-0 on the mound on the season for coach Dave Norton with the victory.
Gilman (19-7, 10-2) took over first with a 4-3 win over Loyola behind lefty Gavin Sheets, who notched his seventh win of the season. Sheets struck out nine, and lowered his ERA to 1.70 for the Hounds.
Sam Rowan led a ten hit attack for St. Joe (11-9, 6-5) with a double, two singles and two RBI, Josh Beglan had a double, a single and two RBI and he scored a run, and Zac Stoll had a double and a single.
The Gaels scored one in second on an RBI single by Andre Brown, they added one in the third on a RBI double by Clark Clatchey, and they took a 5-0 lead in the fourth when they scored three times. Rowan drove in two runs in the fourth with two-bagger. The Gaels got an insurance run in the seventh when Stoll and Beglan both doubled.
Solomon said that his change-up was working early, and his curve was working later. “I knew that my team was going to put me in a good position by getting some runs early, so I wanted to get a good mound performance to give them a chance to win.”
Rowan said that Solomon has pitched a ton of great games so far this season. “This was probably the best one so far.” On his performance at the plate, Rowan said “I’ve just been waiting back all season trying to find a pitch I can drive, and hit the ball in the gaps, and that’s what I did today.”
The Gaels head coach Dave Norton, who took over as Principal at the Mount on January 30, and continues to serve as the head baseball coach for the 31st year in a row, said that it was a big win. “The kids played great. They didn’t give up the big inning today, they stayed confident, and (Peter) Solomon pitched a heck of a game.”
‘We had clutch hitting here and there, and it was a great team effort,” added Norton.
Robbie Jones had a double, triple and a RBI for Calvert Hall (14-7, 9-3), and Troy Stokes had a pair of singles.
St. Joe will host Gilman on Thursday, and the Hall will host St. Pauls in two key MIAA A Conference match-ups.
Also on Tuesday in the A Conference, Archbishop Spalding (10-10, 7-4) defeated St. Paul’s (7-11, 4-7), 6-1. Spalding is currently in third place with a one game lead over Loyola (15-9, 6-5) and St. Joe, which are tied for fourth. Archbishop Curley (9-7, 5-7), which defeated McDonogh, 4-0, on Tuesday, is currently in sixth place, trailed closely by John Carroll (8-8, 4-6) and St. Paul’s.