Michael McManus hit a 3-run home run to key a 4-run bottom of the fifth inning, pushing Mount St. Joseph in front of top-ranked Archbishop Spalding, and the Gaels added 4 insurance runs in the sixth as they knocked off the Cavaliers, 11-5, in MIAA A Conference baseball in Irvington.
Spalding took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on back to back doubles by LaVale Hodges and Barrett Smith, but St. Joe countered with two runs in the home half of the first, as Paul Kaschak singled and Ethan Gallagher followed with a home run to left-center.
Spalding tied the score in the second. Carter Sears and Nick Ashbeck started the rally with a pair of singles, and Fletcher Pack bunted for a hit to load the bases. Sears then scored on a wild pitch, before St. Joe starter Josh Pieniazek battled out of the threat.
In the fourth, Spalding scored three times to take a 5-2 lead. Pack walked, Evan Fochtman singled and, after an out, Hodges walked. Smith then singled home two runs and Nick Vermillion followed with a single to score Hodges.
Luke Hess got one back for the Gaels with a RBI single in the fourth. In the fifth, Matt Gibbs drove in the first run on a single and was on board with Kaschak when McManus went deep.
The Gaels’ first run of the sixth scored on an error and Matt Gibbs drove in the second one with a bases loaded walk. McManus then capped a huge day with a 2-run single. Matt Conley pitch a quiet seventh finish off the game for St. Joe.
The Gaels (12-11, 5-9) climbed out of the basement of the A Conference standings with the win. Spalding (21-3, 12-2), despite the setback, remains on a glide path to the top seed for the A Conference post-season tournament.