Mrotek and Thomas combine to limit the Cardinals to five hits in league opener

Fresh off scoring 21 runs in five innings against St. Vincent Pallotti in its season opener, Calvert Hall’s bats experienced a dramatic change in fortune, Tuesday, as the Cardinals traveled to Archbishop Spalding for each team’s MIAA A Conference baseball opener.

Spalding pitchers Noah Mrotek and Parker Thomas combined on a five-hit shutout to help the Cavaliers improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the A Conference. Mrotek worked the first four innings and struck out six to get the win. He allowed just two hits and walked none. Parker Thomas followed with three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.

Thomas Joseph was 2-for-2 for Spalding, with two doubles, two walks and a run scored. Kyle Garrett also had a double and an RBI. Caleb Estes, Thomas and Ethan McNally also drove in one run each.

After a scoreless first inning, the Cavaliers scored four times in the bottom of the second and added an insurance run in the sixth.

Alex Kahn took the loss for Calvert Hall, working 1.2 innings, allowing four runs on two hits and four walks.