The Archbishop Curley baseball team is getting hot at the right time and the Friars only hope it is not too late to reach the MIAA A Conference playoffs. On Wednesday, Curley traveled to Owings Mills and avenged an earlier loss to McDonogh as the power of Paul Nixon led the way to a 6-0 victory, Curley’s fifth straight and the seventh in its last eight games.

Nixon was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run, driving in two runs and scoring one. Wesley Meadowcroft also had a pair of RBI’s and Jalen March drove in one.

Curley’s pitchers did the rest. Colton Knoble made the start and allowed just one hit over six innings of outstanding work. He struck out five and walked three. Corey Burton finished off the shutout with a perfect inning of work in the seventh.

Reid Quinn’s single was the only hit on the day for McDonogh. Adam Rosenstein made the start and suffered the loss. He allowed four runs (3 earned) in 5.1 innings of work.

Curley is now 10-8 overall and the Friars improved to 4-7 in the MIAA A Conference. However, they are still two games behind St. Mary’s (5-4) in the chase for one of the six playoff spots. On the flip side they are within three games of three teams in front of them with seven to play, but the Friars will certainly need to stay hot and get some help to catch someone.

McDonogh (4-11, 3-8 MIAA A) entered the day in a tie with Curley for seventh place and the Eagles are now three games out of playoff position.