Cavaliers romp over previously unbeaten Curley, 9-1


by Joe DiBlasi

A pair of unbeaten baseball teams squared off on Friday afternoon in Severna Park as Archbishop Curley visited Archbishop Spalding in MIAA A Conference action, and when the dust settled the host Cavaliers took hold of first place in the conference with an impressive 9-1 win.

Archbishop Spalding sophomore right-hander Parker Thomas blanked Archbishop Curley in five innings of work to get the win.

Coach Joe Palumno ‘s Cavs (5-0 overall, 4-0 MIAA A) erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as they sent 14 men to the plate, extending a 1-0 lead and driving Curley starter Ryan Edmonds from the mound.

Edmonds was off to a strong start for Coach Joe Gaeta’s Friars (5-1, 3-1) surrendering just four hits and one run in four innings of work before the roof caved in during the home half of the fifth.

The Spalding fifth featured a “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” stat, when leadoff hitter and University of Maryland bound Caleb Estes, the number two hitter and junior Eddie Sargent each had two hits in one frame.

Estes was 4-for-4 with a triple, three singles, two runs scored and three RBI.

Sargent had three singles, two RBI and a run scored.

The torrid hitting from the dynamic duo backed up a solid outing from Spalding starter Parker Thomas, who blanked the Friars through five innings of work. The East Carolina commit yielded just two hits to earn the win.

“My off-speed wasn’t there today, so I used my fastball, 2-seam, and 4-seam, inside and outside, and my changeup was really going good,” said Thomas. “It was a sweep week.”

The Cavs topped Loyola Blakefield 8-3 and Gilman 9-0, earlier in the week.

On his perfect day at the plate, Estes commented, “I had a rough week this week. My first two games I was hitless. I was just trying to hit fastballs today. This was a big team effort today and it finished off a great week for us. We’re hitting on all cylinders.”

Sargent said that Caleb (Estes) made his job easy on Friday.

“Hitting behind Caleb and him getting on base four times, made my job a lot easier. I just try to do my job [as the number 2 hitter in the lineup] and move him into scoring position. I just try to do my job. After his triple in the big inning, I was just trying to put the ball in play the opposite way.”

Palumbo used Jack Judge and Beau Haslinger in relief.

The Friars will try to get back on track, when they host McDonogh next Tuesday. The Eagles lost 4-3 to John Carroll on Friday.

Pictured above: Caleb Estes (left) and Eddie Sargent combined for seven hits and five RBI for the Cavs. Estes was 4-for-4 and both players had two hits each in an eight run fifth inning.

ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 9, ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 1

AC 000 000 1 — 1 3 4
AS 001 080 x — 9 12 0

AC-Edmonds, Schonedienst (5), Davis (6) and Gaeta; AS-Thomas, Judge (6), Haslinger (7) and McNally.
WP-Thomas LP-Edmonds

2B: AC-Gladden.
3B: AS-Estes.