The first place Cavaliers prevail, 2-1; Gilman downs St. Mary’s to stay near the top

by Joe DiBlasi

Archbishop Spalding’s Parker Thomas out-dueled Mount Saint Joe’s Jackson Bauer as the host Cavaliers edged the Gaels, 2-1, in an MIAA A Conference baseball classic in Anne Arundel County on Friday afternoon.

Archbishop Spalding’s Ben Wieman (left) was 3-for-3 with two RBI’s and Thomas Joseph went 2-for-3. They accounted for all Cavalier hits in their victory over Mount St. Joe.

Parker threw a complete game 2-hitter and he fanned 14 batters.

Bauer threw a complete game 5-hitter, holding the Cavaliers to just two runs.

Cavs Coach Joe Palumbo called Thomas’ work a “very gutsy, outstanding performance.”

His fastball, curve, power-slider and change-up were all working. He had great command. He is a very special sophomore.”

Thomas said, “My off-speed was great, and my slider and curve-ball where all working.”

“When they had a runner on third, with one out in the last inning, with a chance to tie the game, the runner didn’t really faze me. I just knew I had to get them two more batters out.”

Bauer went all the way on the hill for the Mount, and he pitched well enough to win. The tall lefty held the Cavs to five hits, but the Gaels could only muster one run off of the talented Thomas.

The Cavaliers were paced at the plate by Ben Wieman and Thomas Joseph.

Wieman was 3-for-3 and he hammered a clutch two out RBI double in the third, and he had a key single in fifth, that plated Eddie Sargent, with what proved to be the winning run.

Joseph was 2-for-3 with double and a single.

Wieman said, “I was just trying to get something past the infield in all of my trips to the plate. We are playing well in all phases. Defensively we might be the best in the league.”

Joseph complimented St. Joe. “They’re are a solid team and they gave us great competition, both last week and today.”

Palumbo concurred. “They are a very tough team and they grind it out. Their pitcher (Jackson Bauer)
did an outstanding job too. Ben (Wieman) and Thomas (Joseph) were the only guys on our team to get hits off of him today.”

Saint Joe coach Phil Kraska congratulated Thomas.

“Hats off to him. He threw a heck of a game. We had our chances and we needed somebody to step up, especially when we had the tying run on second in the last inning with no one out, and on third with one out, but we just couldn’t get that run in. Jackson (Bauer) only gave up two runs, but we just couldn’t make the adjustments today that we needed to make to win the game.”

With the win, Spalding (10-3 overall, 7-2 MIAA) moved back on top of the A Conference by a half game over Archbishop Curley (6-2) and stayed a half game in front of Gilman (6-3). St. Joe (7-4 overall) slipped to 4-4 in the conference.

Pictured above: Archbishop Spalding’s Parker Thomas tossed a two-hit complete game gem to lead the Cavaliers past Mount St. Joe.


MSJ 001 000 0 — 1 2 0
AS 001 010 x — 2 5 1

MSJ-J. Bauer and Sweeney; AS-Thomas and McNally
WP-Thomas LP-J.Bauer

2B: MSJ-Lantz; AS-Joseph, Wieman.


In Friday’s other MIAA A Conference baseball action, host Gilman built a 3-0 lead through three innings and matched every St. Mary’s score with one of their own to post a 7-3 win in Roland Park.

The Greyhounds stayed right in the thick of the race for the top spot in the A Conference as they improved 8-5 overall and 7-3 in the league, where they reside in third place, just one game off the lead.

Casey Bishop had two hits and drove home a run and Adam Hicks had a pair of RBI’s to pace the Gilman batting order. Lucas Matanguihan also went 2-for-4 for the Greyhounds with a double and two runs scored.

Bennett Speicher pitched the first four innings for the Greyhounds and earned the win.

Damion Kenealy, Logan Scully and Rocco Abdinor each had two hits for St. Mary’s (3-6, 2-6), with Scully and Henry Carbone collecting doubles.