St. Joe took the lead for good in the bottom of the third.

Beglan and Rowan sandwiched doubles around Soloman’s walk and all three Gaels scored with Crawford driving in the final run.

“When you play a team this good, you have to play a perfect game to be in it.” Catonsville coach Rich Hambor said.

But, the coach was happy to play the neighborhood private school for the first time in at least 38 years.

“We’ll come over any time,” Hambor said. “If they want us to come back we’ll keep coming back.”

Norton agreed.

“It’s good for the community,” he said.

It was also nice for Solomon to face a familiar foe.

“It’s definitely good to play teams we normally wouldn’t that aren’t in our conference to see how we match up,” he said.

Since Cardinal Gibbons closed down, the natural sports rivalry in the community has been lost, but on the unusually nice spring morning, alumni from Cardinal Gibbons, Mount St, Joe and Catonsville turned out and relived stories of their glory days on the local diamonds.

“We had tried for a long, long time to get them in this tournament and for one reason or another they just couldn’t make it and this year when they accepted I was delighted and they’ve got a good team,” Norton said. “They’ve got some good bats and the Klein boy has a nice arm and they play good defense. “I’m sure they will do well in their league.”

The Comets were 2-0, with wins over Lansdowne and Western Tech, before the loss to St. Joe.

The Gaels improved to 4-4 overall.