St. Paul’s scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth to rally past No. 4 Calvert Hall for a 6-4 MIAA A Conference baseball victory, Monday in Brooklandville. The win allows the Crusaders to gain a regular season split with the Cardinals and inch within a half game of the Cards in the chase for second place in the conference.
Spencer Horwitz doubled off Calvert Hall ace Trevor Sprinkle to lead off the St. Paul’s 5th and Liam Flayhart followed with a walk. That chased Sprinkle from the mound in favor of Matt Hentschel. Hentschel was greeted with a come-backer but he was unable to get an out as Jake Sebastian reached on a fielders choice to load the bases.
Hentschel got a strikeout for the first out of the inning, but could not navigate out of the jam. Colin Martin followed with a 2-run single to center. Ricardo Duncan then reached on an error to plate the third run of the inning.
The Cardinals evened the score at 4-4 in the top of the sixth when Garrett Matheny drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. St. Paul’s, however, broke the tie immediately in its next at bat. Kevin Madden led off with a double and Horwitz followed with another two-bagger to plate the fifth run and was chased home later in the frame on a sac fly by Rhane Jones.
Calvert Hall went up 1-0 in the top of the first when JP Murphy doubled, moved to third and a sac bunt and then scored on a balk. Sprinkle, who struggled with control throughout, gave up a walk and hit two batters to load the bases in the St. Paul’s second and then forced home the tying run when he hit his third batter of the inning. In between the wildness, he struck out the side.
The Cardinals added single runs in the third and the fourth to go up 3-1. In the third, Mike Poling had a RBI single and, in the fourth, Matheny had a RBI double.
Sprinkle struck out 8 and only allowed 2 hits in four innings of work, but he walked four and hit three. Hentschel who only worked two-thirds of inning was tagged with the loss. St. Paul’s used three pitches and Flayhart earned the win with 2.1 innings of relief. Kevin Madden came on to get the final two outs and a save.
Both Madden and Horwitz were 2-for-4 for the Crusaders. Murphy was 2-for-3 for the Cardinals and Poling was 2-for-4.
St. Paul’s (13-10 overall) is now 10-5 in the A Conference. Calvert Hall (15-9) is 11-5 in the league. The Cardinals have just two regular season games remaining as they try to hold onto the second seed for the playoffs and the first round bye that comes with it. The Crusaders have 3 games left as they try to move into that second position.