Calvert Hall’s powerful offensive lineup was held to just 2 runs and 2 hits, Friday, but that was enough for senior ace Trevor Sprinkle to pitch the 2nd-ranked Cardinals to victory, a 2-1 home win over St. Paul’s, in MIAA A Conference baseball action.
Sprinkle went the distance, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits, while striking out 9 Crusaders. His only rough spot came in the top of the 4th, when he allowed a leadoff single to Spencer Horowitz and then hit Jake Sebastian with a pitch. Nick Schloeder then plated Horowitz with St. Paul’s only run with a sharp ground-ball base hit into left-field.
Liam Flayhart started for the Crusaders and blanked the Cardinals over the first four innings. In the home half of the fifth, Flayhart had some bad luck when Garrett Matheny reached first base on a dropped third strike to open the inning. Matheny then stole second and moved to third on Jose Torres’ sacrifice bunt.
Gabe Nieto drew a walk to put runners on the corners and then stole second base to place a pair in scoring position. J.P. Murphy then plated Matheny with an infield single, as Nieto moved to third. The Cardinals then took the lead when A.C. Chavis reached based on an infield error, as Nieto scored.
Calvert Hall (9-4 overall) remains a half game back of top-ranked Archbishop Spalding in the A Conference standings, where the Cardinals are 5-1. St. Paul’s (3-6 overall) fell to 3-3 in the league where its tied for fifth. Behind Spalding and Calvert Hall, the league’s other eight teams are all bunched within two games of each other.