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Smeton's pitching, bat spark Gilman to win over Calvert Hall in baseball

Greyhounds take advantage of Cardinals' defense in 9-4 triumph

By Tom Worgo, tworgo@tribune.com

9:55 PM EDT, April 9, 2013

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Gilman junior Joe Smeton drove in three runs on two hits and pitched a solid 5 1/3 innings to lead the Greyhounds to a 9-4 victory over visiting Calvert Hall in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference baseball game Tuesday.

Smeton, a left-hander, gave up two earned runs on seven hits to improve to 3-0. He walked two and struck out two.

“He is arguably one of the best pitchers in this league,” Gilman coach Larry Sheets said. “He came from last year’s JV and has thrown the ball extremely well this year. He has a lot of late movement and a good curveball and changeup.”  

Matt Tilley gave Gilman a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a two-run homer over the left-center field fence.

Calvert Hall senior catcher Alex Murphy made it 2-2 in the third when he clubbed the first of two, two-run homers.

Gilman (13-4 overall, 6-1 league) took the lead for good in the third with three runs. Smeton had a two-run single to knock in Matt Tilley and Ben Grace to put his team ahead, 5-2.

The Greyhounds pulled away from Calvert Hall (9-5, 5-1) in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits to chase sophomore starter Nick Delp, a right-hander who yielded five runs (three earned) on six hits in three innings. 

Gavin Sheets highlighted the inning with a two-run double.

Gilman benefited from sloppy Calvert Hall defense, scoring four unearned runs on five errors.

“We were a little flat and made some errors today,” Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said. “It’s extremely hard to stay undefeated in this league. We are the guys with the targets on our backs all the time.”

Calvert Hall finished with 10 hits and had two runs heading into the seventh.

“I was surprised with our lineup that we didn’t hit the ball better,” said Eckerl, whose team is batting .338 and a lineup that features eight players committed to play in college.  “I am disappointed in that. Gilman came out and swung the bats very, very well. We got too far behind and couldn’t catch up.”