Cardinals rally from an early hole to win 2-1

With its powerful lineup struggling to solve McDonogh starting pitcher Grayson Lawrence, No. 3 Calvert Hall had to scratch out a couple of runs, Friday afternoon in Owings Mills, to slip past the upset minded Eagles, 2-1, in a MIAA A Conference baseball game.

With the Cardinals (15-6 overall, 10-4 MIAA A) still hoping to catch league leaders John Carroll (12-1) and Archbishop Curley (12-2), they could ill afford a loss to the Eagles (1-13).

McDonogh struck first, scoring its only run in the bottom of the second with some excellent base-running from Joe Radek, who drew a two-out walk and then race all the way to third on an infield error by the Cardinals which also allowed Ethan Mull to reach base. Radek was then on the front end of a double-steal, racing home with the run.

Calvert Hall got even in the top of the fourth when Mason Unfried delivered an RBI single and J.P. Murphy plated the winning run in the fifth, also on a single.

Dan O’Connor pitched a magnificent game for the Cardinals to get the win. After allowing the early run, which was unearned, and two hits, O’Connor set down the final 14 Eagles he faced. He finished with nine strikeouts and just two walks.

Calvert Hall will return to action on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in another league game, this time with St. Mary’s. It is a St. Mary’s home game that was moved from Bestgate Park in Annapolis because of wet field conditions. It is a must-win for the Cardinals if they hope to get one of the top two seeds for the playoffs, which get underway on May 11th. After Saturday, Calvert Hall has three games left, Tuesday at Loyola, Thursday at home against St. Paul’s and May 8th at Curley.