Baseball: Calvert Hall plays Curley for title today at Ripken Stadium

Calvert Hall will play Archbishop Curley for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference baseball championship today at 3:30 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. An earlier email said today's game had been moved to Calvert Hall, but that was incorrect.

The Cardinals forced a second, and final, MIAA title game with a 6-4 victory over Curley Sunday at Ripken Stadium in the double-elimination tournament.

Calvert Hall and Curley were scheduled to play the final on Monday, but the game was postponed by rain. 

The Cardinals will pitch right-hander John Mooney (7-1, 3:20 ERA).

Ron Farley (2-for-4, double RBI) and reliever John Deaver (2 1/3 scoreless innings) helped Calvert Hall (28-6) advance. Curley put Calvert Hall in the loser's brakcet with a 5-4 win last week after losing twice to the Cardinals during the regular season.

The Cardinals will be going for their sixth title in eight years and first since 2009.

"Playing back-to-back games isn't going to affect us that much," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said Sunday before the rainout. "Our guys are used to doing that. We have played five or six games in a week."

Curley pushed across a run in the bottom of the first after starter Garrett Walther walked the second batter, Rick Warble, who stole second and scored on Andrew Shinnick's single to right field.

Calvert Hall answered in the second with three runs.

Ron Farley led off with a single to right-center field. After Colin Gimblett popped to the catcher, Richard Rodriguez singled to center field.

The next batter, Lee Lipinski, hit a grounder to third that was bobbled, and the ensuing errant throw to first got away from Mitch Sutton, allowing Farley to score.

Rodriguez then scored on Robert Koski's suicide squeeze and Lipinski scored on another error.

Walther ran into more trouble in the third, surrendering two more runs. He gave up a single, a walk, and hit a batter to load then bases before he walked Warble to force in a run. A line drive off the pitcher's glove brought in another run.

Calvert Hall went ahead, 5-3, in the third. Dustin Rothchild led off with a walk and scored on Alex Murphy's double to the right-center field gap. Farley followed with another double to plate Murphy. Curley right hander Zach Salkowski walked two more batters to load the bases before Koski hit into a double play.

Curley trimmed the lead to 5-4 in the fifth as the Friars chased Walther, who had loaded the bases.

His replacement, Deaver, walked in a run before striking out the final two batters. He then set down the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to pick up the save.

"That's the best performances he's had all year," Eckerl said.

Calvert Hall boosted its lead to 6-4 in the sixth when Rothschild plated Zach Rowe with a single to right field.

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