Archbishop Curley sophomore Andrew Davis went the full five innings, pitching a one-hitter against Patterson in Saturday's first round of the President's Cup baseball tournament at Boys' Latin.
The Friars won 14-0, but the Clippers also found much to feel good about.
"We stood together," Patterson catcher Derrick Green said. "We're getting to know our teammates better. We're building trust and togetherness, like a family. We tried to help each other."
They needed to. Their expected starting pitcher didn't show up for the game, nor did their starting shortstop. So junior Donavan Grubb, a 6-foot-1 right-hander who usually plays first base, took the mound for the first time. He threw change-ups and a knuckle ball or two and kept the Curley hitters off balance for an inning or so before the Friars caught on.
"I don't know what I was thinking on the mound," Grubb said after going 3 2/3 innings. "We just said we were going to take our time and go out and have fun. And we did."
Earlier in the day at Boys' Latin, Friends beat Mervo, 11-1 in six innings. At Gilman, Poly beat Cristo Rey, 14-0. The game was called after two innings when coaches from both teams and the umpires decided to call the game in the best interest of sportsmanship. In the second game at Gilman, Mount St. Joseph beat Edmonson, 11-0, in five innings.
Curley (6-3) had played No. 1 Calvert Hall on Friday and spent that afternoon looking at fastballs in the low 80s in a 3-2 loss. It took a while to adjust to the change in pitching speeds, but once they did the Friars banged out 11 hits, including triples by senior Andrew Shinnick and sophomore Vince Bonn and a double by junior Stefan Kresslein.
"We knew we had a good chance," Davis said. "But we didn't want to be overconfident and we thought they could play with us."
The only thing that left Davis a little frustrated was the single he gave up to Mark Vandevander in the fourth. The Clippers had just two base runners — the other Yimmi Lagombra, who got on with a walk in the fifth.
Grubb said Patterson had never played against a team as good as Curley's, and Patterson players don't usually see rich green grass in the infield. Their field is made of dirt and the benches they sit on are not the nice dugouts they enjoyed yesterday.
They also aren't used to hearing their names announced when they walk to the plate.
"I felt like a major leaguer," Green said.