Friars take over first place in MIAA A Conference baseball; Roundup – John Carroll, Calvert Hall and Loyola also win
by Joe DiBlasi
With his flowing red hair and muscular build, Archbishop Curley’s Tristan Schonedienst bares more than a passing resemblance to Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst, and he should.
“Young Red” Schoendienst is the Great, Great Nephew of the legend who played 19 seasons (1946-1961) in the Big Leagues, winning a World Series with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Braves.
Like his distant uncle, Tristan Schonedienst, a senior, is a second baseman, but he made his mark at the plate on Tuesday, helping Curley edge visiting Mount St. Joseph, 3-2, in eight innings, which gave the Friars sole possession of first-place in the MIAA A Conference.
With his club trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Schoendienst sent a deep blast over the 350-foot sign in left-center field for a two-run home run, pulling the Friars even. He later added a single and then drew an intentional walk, to load the bases in the bottom of the eighth inning, setting the stage for teammate Matt Sappington, two batters later, to draw a game-winning walk-off walk.
“It was a 10 pitch at bat,” Shoendienst said of the battle that ended with his four-bagger. “I was looking for a fastball on a 3-3 count and I was right on time on it. Mount St. Joe is a great team, but we’re hot right now. I think our pitching staff is one of the best in the league.”
The win, combined with Archbishop Spalding’s 5-3 loss at John Carroll, also on Tuesday, put the Friars (8-1 overall, 5-1 in MIAA A) on top of the A Conference all by themselves. St. Joe (5-2 overall) could have moved into the top spot with the win, instead Gaels slipped to 3-2 in the league where they sit in fourth place.
Curley’s other star on Tuesday was junior pitcher Ryan Edmonds, who tangled in a great dual with St. Joe’s Jackson Bauer. Edmonds was a bulldog in tossing 108 pitches and going all eight innings to claim the win. After allowing a pair of runs in the top of the first, Edmonds settled in and was overpowering at times, allowing just three hits and striking out 12 Gaels. Edmonds also collected a pair of hits at the plate with one of them coming in advance of Schoendienst’s blast in the fourth and the other in the middle of the winning rally in the eighth.
Edmonds credited Schoendienst’s home run for getting the Friars going.
“It was huge,” said Edmonds. “That got us back in the game.
“My slider was working and so was my high heater,” added Edmonds.
In the Curley eighth, Harry Middlebrooks drew a leadoff walk from Patrick Bauer, who came on in relief of his brother in the seventh. Edmonds followed with a line single to right. Curley executed a double steal to put runners on second and third with no one out and Schoendienst was given the free pass to load the sacks.
Patrick Bauer battled back to strike out Zach Gaeta and Kobe Davis and had Sappington in a 1-2 hole. Sappington, however, worked the count full while fouling off three pitches, before eventually drawing the winning walk.
Leadoff hitter Ethan Grieb got MSJ going in the first when he was hit by a pitch and moved to third when Tanner Vicendese followed with a single to center. Vicendese stole second to put two men in scoring position and Grieb scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Travis Leatherwood. Joey Willis then plated Vicendese with an RBI single.
Jackson Bauer, a 6-foot-6 left-hander, worked 6.2 innings for the Gaels, scattering nine hits and striking out three. His brother Patrick stands 6-foot-7.
“Were getting a lot of contributions from a lot of people, and we’re eeking some wins out,” said Curly coach Joe Gaeta, who took the Friars’ helm prior to short-circuited 2020 season. “I am not sure that were playing the greatest at times, but were doing what we need to do to get the wins. Wins are valuable in this league. Every game is a dog fight.”
St. Joe coach Phil Kraska concurred.
“I think we fought hard today but we came up short,” said Kraska. “We had a lot of opportunities and didn’t capitalize. Jackson Bauer threw a great game and I’m very proud of what he’s done this year. Curley played a good game today and Edmonds is a real competitor. I think we have a tough team and we are hard to beat and I think that showed today.”
Pictured above: Curley players celebrate their 3-2 eighth inning walk-off win over Mount St. Joseph.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 3, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 2, 8 Innings
MSJ 200 000 00 — 2 3 1
AC 000 200 0 1 — 3 10 3
MSJ-J. Bauer, P. Bauer (7), and Sweeney; AC-Edmonds and Gaeta
WP- Edmonds LP- P. Bauer
2B: AC-Joe Petryszak.
HR: AC-Tristan Schoendienst.
JOHN CARROLL 5, ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 3
Host John Carroll scored three times in the bottom of the sixth and held on for a come-from-behind, 5-3, MIAA A Conference baseball victory over Archbishop Spalding, Tuesday in Bel Air.
Frank Adamski pulled the Patriots even, at 3-3, with a two-out RBI double in the sixth and, later in the inning, Matt Archibald drove in the winning runs with a two-run single. Both Adamski and Archibald went 2-for-3.
Mike Willhide, who worked four scoreless innings of one-hit ball, in relief of starter Ben Pierce, was the winning pitcher and Will Wieman got the save with a scoreless seventh.
Spalding scored three times in the first two innings, as Caleb Estes, Thomas Joseph and Parker Thomas each drove in one run, but the Cavaliers did not get another hit after the second inning.
With the win, John Carroll (4-4 overall) improved to 4-2 in the A Conference, pulling into a tie for second place with Spalding (6-3, 4-2).
LOYOLA 9, GILMAN 6
Loyola snapped out of a hitting slump with 14 hits on the road at Gilman, Tuesday, and the Dons broke through for their first MIAA A Conference baseball win of the season, with a 9-6 victory over the host Greyhounds.
Leo Foust was 3-for-3, including a double, and scored two runs to pace Loyola (1-4, 1-4), while Mason Burke was 2-for-4, with a double, two runs scored and three RBI’s. Kyle Luong also had three hits, a run scored and two RBI’s.
The game was back-and-forth through four innings, but Loyola scored twice in the fifth and three more times in the sixth to take control.
Ryan Martinez, Adam Hicks and Peter Heubeck each had two hits for Gilman (4-5, 3-3) and Casey Bishop stroked a double.
CALVERT HALL 14, ST. MARY’S 1, 5 Innings
Jake Butler and Jannuel Wispi-Robles each hit home runs and visiting Calvert Hall collected nine hits as the Cardinals routed St. Mary’s, 14-1 in 5 innings, at Bestgate Park on Tuesday.
Calvert Hall (6-4 overall, 3-4 MIAA A) took charge with a five-run first inning, keyed by a 3-run home run by Butler. The Cardinals then charted their course to the run-rule victory with a six-run second, fueled by four singles, three singles and a hit batsman.
Butler and Scott Bormann were both 2-for-2 for Calvert Hall, with Borman scoring twice and earning the win on the mound with four innings of two-hit pitching. He struck out five, walked four and allowed just one run.
Logan Scully had a double and an RBI for St. Mary’s (3-3, 2-3).