Cavaliers both swing potent bats to claim Saturday morning victories as they prepare for a head-to-head match-up on Tuesday

MIAA A Conference baseball powers Archbishop Spalding and Calvert Hall each opened their much anticipated 2021 seasons, Saturday morning, with big non-conference wins on their home diamonds.

Spalding scored runs in five consecutive innings, after a scoreless first, and defeated Malvern Prep (PA), 12-4, in Severna Park.

Leadoff hitter Caleb Estes collected a pair of hits, scored a run and drove in a pair, while Parker Thomas went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Brady Hannon added a double, as well as two runs scored and two RBI’s and Tyler Smith also had a double with a run scored.

On the mound, Noah Mrotek made the opening start and pitched two scoreless and hitless innings. He was followed by five teammates.

In Towson, Calvert Hall which won the 2019 MIAA A Conference crown, which makes them the reigning champions, pounded visiting St. Vincent Pallotti, 21-1, in five innings.

Pallotti broke on top with a run in the top of the first inning, but the Cardinals scored two in the home half of the inning and one more in the third to move in front. The Cardinals then scored 10 times in the third and eight more in the fourth to secure the run-rule victory.

Brendan Kastanaras hit a pinch hit two-run home run for the Cardinals and the Cards smacked five doubles, including two by John Harris.

Alex Khan was 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and three RBI’s. Owen Liberto also had double, a run scored and two RBI’s and Jannuel Wispi-Robles singled in two runs. In addition, leadoff hitter Chase Davalli was perfect at the plate with a hit in one official trip, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.

Dom Bahr, Ryan Seifert and Steven Mufareh shared the five innings of work on the mound, with Bahr and Seifert each striking out three.

In a normal year both teams would play several non-conference games and possibly travel south for a tournament, but this year they will roll right into league action and a head-to-head meeting to open MIAA A Conference play on Tuesday at Spalding.