Matt Tilley said that his goal Saturday was to have a little fun. Unfortunately for visiting Mount St. Joseph, it turned out to be anything but fun.
Tilley hit a two-run homer on a 2-0 pitch to cap a four-run seventh inning comeback for Gilman and give the Greyhounds a 9-8 victory over Mount St. Joseph in the semifinals of the President's Cup at Johns Hopkins.
The Greyhounds (13-5) advance to Saturday's championship game to face Archbishop Curley (6-3) at 1 p.m. at Camden Yards. Mount St. Joseph (7-4) was the defending champion, having defeated Gilman in the final last season.
"I think I got a good read on him on the first two pitches," Tilley said. "I anticipated that he'd throw me a fastball, and he did. I knew it had a good chance to go out when I hit it."
The win was an important one for Gilman, which blew a late lead on Friday to drop an A Conference game to Spalding. The Greyhounds found themselves trailing 5-2 after the first inning, and then 8-4 after the second. Gaels pitcher Zach Stoll pitched well through the first six innings, limiting Gilman to five runs. After the Gaels removed Stoll for pitcher Chris Harrison in the seventh, however, the Greyhounds came to life.
With one out, centerfielder Danny Blair singled. After Jason King beat out a single to first, Blair and King advanced on a passed ball. A single by Gavin Sheets scored both runners and cut the lead to 8-7.
Tilley stepped to the plate and, after seeing two strikes, deposited a Harrison's pitch over the center field fence for a 9-8 lead. Gilman's Trevor Wey came in to pitch a scoreless bottom of the seventh for Gilman.
"We battled," Gilman coach Larry Sheets said. "We had a tough loss yesterday, and it took us a while to get on track. We have three or four guys who can hit the ball out, and Matt picked the right time to hit it out."
Mount St. Joseph was led by Kirk Haynes, who was 3-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Andre Brown was 2-4 with two RBIs for the Gaels.
The Gaels will face Digital Harbor (3-1), which lost to Curley, 14-5. The Friars scored three or more runs in four innings and never trailed after the first inning. The victory was Curley's sixth straight after beginning the year 0-3.
(at Johns Hopkins Univ.)
Gilman 9, Mount St. Joseph 8
Gilman 221 000 4 – 9 8 0
MSJ 530 000 0 - 8 12 2
Blair, Schelberg (2), Locke (6), Wey (7) and Slodzinski; Stoll, Harrison (7) and Nottingham. 2B: G- Blair; MSJ – Smeton, Nottingham. 3B: G - Tilley; MSJ – Haynes.
Curley 14, Digital Harbor 5
AC 033 043 1 – 14 15 2
DH 101 201 0 – 5 9 4
Davis, Day (6) Dikes (7) and Hamel; Fortman, Frampton (6) and Wills. 2B: AC - Davis, Hamel; DH – Winston.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun