Archbishop Curley senior Zack Ridgely pitched and batted the Friars to a 12-1 victory over Calvert Hall in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game in Towson Wednesday.
Ridgely, a left-hander headed to Radford University next season, allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in six innings.
He also went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs in a game shortened to six inning because of the league's 10-run slaughter rule.
The two-time defending league champs were left a little stunned by the rout.
"It doesn't happen very often," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said of losing by the slaughter rule. "It's a little embarassaing. It happened two years ago to McCarthy in Florida and Loyola before that (in 2009). We have to get our guys to understand we have to come out and play because of our tradition."
Curley (3-5 overall, 2-2 league) knocked senior right-hander David Gately out of the game with one out in the top of the fourth.
The Catholic University recruit gave up eight runs (seven earned) and five hits and three walks while striking out three.
In a 3-0 victory over Mount St. Joseph on March 27, Gately threw a one-hitter.
"He got into a little bit of trouble with some walks, and we didn't support him," Eckerl said. "We had an easy play that gave them a run and sometimes things just snowball."
Senior center fielder Troy Stokes, a University of Maryland recruit, was one of the lone bright spots for the Cardinals (6-2, 2-2). He went 2-for-3 with a solo home run.
After he clubbed a ball over the left-field fence in the bottom of the first inning, the rest of the game belonged to the Friars.
Curley tied it at 1-1 in the second. AJ Korczynski laced a two-out double down the right-field line and scored on an error.
The Friars pushed across three runs in the third.
After Nick Carroll (2-for-4) walked, Gately issued back-to-back walks to Vince Bonn and Andrew Dikes. Ridgely followed with a double down the left-field line to score Bonn. Dikes came home on Marty Costes' sacrifice fly to right field, which advanced courtesy runner Michael Remeikis to third. Christian Hanel’s single to left field plated Remeikis.
Curley boosted its lead to 8-1 in the fourth to chase Gately, who was replaced by Travis Brown. Nick Sacha walked with one out and scored on Carroll’s triple to the right-center field gap. Carroll then scored on a wild pitch. The Friars added two more runs on Ridgely’s run-scoring double and Costes’ sacrifice fly.
"We got off to a slow start this year, but we are starting to hit the ball pretty well," said Curley coach Brooks Norris, whose team had 10 hits. "I know what we are capable of. We came, did what they are supposed to do and just took care of business."