St. John’s Catholic Prep, winner of the last three MIAA C Conference baseball championships and the league’s title holder in five of the last six years will play for another crown, as the Vikings have earned a return trip to the final, opposite Gerstell Academy. The Vikings and Falcons will meet on Thursday (4:00 p.m.) at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville.
St. John’s advanced with a 12-2 semifinal win over Chapelgate Christian Academy, Tuesday afternoon in Frederick. The game was tied 2-2 with St. John’s batting in the bottom of the fourth when Kyle Mummey singled off of Chris Niccolini, driving in two runs.
SJCP took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth inning and put the contest away with six runs in the sixth inning. The big inning was fueled by a singles by AJ Javitt, Alex Morgan, Seth McRoberts and Reagan Mills.
Mills earned the win, throwing six innings, giving up two runs, seven hits, while striking out 10 and walking just one.
Niccolini took the loss for Chapelgate, pitching five innings and giving up seven runs and five hits, with two strike outs.
St. John’s had 10 hits in the game with Zach Barberich and Kyle Mummey each collecting multiple. The Vikings were also sure-handed in the field, not committing an error.
Gerstell slugged its way to is first league final with a 13-7 home victory over Saints Peter & Paul.
The Falcons trailed 4-0 early, but got on the board with a single run in the third inning and then scored six times in both the fourth and sixth innings to pull away.
Brennan Sedney had a big day, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. He drove in two runs and scored two others. Chris Hagen was also 3-for-4 with a double, one run scored and three RBI. Joining those two with three hits was leadoff batter Matt Szedlock, who also had a walk and a run scored.
In addition, Blake Bissen and Taylor Hodges each had two hits and two RBI’s, while Max Friedman drove in a pair of runs and scored one.
Matt Nowakowski came on in relief in the second inning and pitched six strong innings for Gerstell, allowing six hits and four runs (2 earned) and struck out seven batters.