Visiting Loyola, behind a pair of home runs from Levone Ward battled from behind, Monday, to knock off No. 2 Calvert Hall, 7-5, in MIAA A Conference baseball.
The Dons, who bounced back from a 5-4, nine inning loss to the Cardinals earlier in the afternoon, in the completion of a game that was suspended by darkness on March 31, built a 4-1 lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings and two runs in the fourth, only to see Calvert Hall score four times in the home half of the fifth to go up 5-4. The Dons, however, had one more rally in them, scoring three times in the top of the sixth to regain the lead.
Wards finished with three RBI. Andrew Fava added a RBI triple and pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. In addition, Rick Nickel had three hits for Loyola (8-11, 3-10).
Alex Kriss led Calvert Hall (16-8, 11-3) with three hits. Another positive for the Cardinals was the return of ace pitcher Nick Delp who missed several weeks after getting hit in the face by a baseball during a failed bunt attempt. Delp worked five innings and struck out six.
Calvert Hall remains in first place in the A Conference, holding a half game lead on surging and top-ranked Archbishop Spalding (10-3). Loyola is still in contention for the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference. Currently, the Dons trail sixth place Archbishop Curley by two games and seventh place St. Paul’s by 1-1/2 games.