A high school team can't play that much better than Calvert Hall did Thursday in Towson.
The Cardinals meshed pitching, hitting and defense into a 10-0 victory over visiting McDonogh in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game shortened to 4½ innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Calvert Hall senior right-hander Bradley Weber gave up four singles across four innings to pick up the victory.
The Cardinals (16-9 overall, 12-5 league) collected four extra base hits among their eight hits. Brandon Dorsey clubbed a two-run homer, Dariel Torres went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and Torres' brother Jose had two hits and scored a run.
"This is the kind of game I think our team over the years has played," said Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl, whose team didn't make an error. "Good hitting and pitching has gotten us to the championship level. I feel if we are going peak and compete for a championship, then we have to play like this."
Calvert Hall roughed McDonogh starter Jordan Rhodes for nine runs on seven hits and the Cardinals jumped on him for four runs in the first inning.
After Rhodes issued a one-out walk to Garrett Matheny, Dorsey, a senior third baseman, smacked a home run over the 355-foot fence in left-center field.
Rhodes struck out Ian Elliott for the second out, but the next two batters reached base when as Austin Chavis was hit by a pitch and Nathan Bosse walked.
The next batter, Dariel Torres, lined a double down the right field line just out of the reach out outfielder Lucas Simon, which scored both Chavis and Bosse.
Simon, however, quickly got the ball into second baseman Jack Kinney, who threw out Torres at third when he attempted to stretch the hit into a triple.
Weber gave up two-out singles to Rhodes and Alex Parker in the first inning, but got Aidan Griesser to fly out to get out of the jam.
Weber also wiggled out of into trouble in the third, giving up back-to-back two-out walks to Mile Matanguihan and Rhodes. The pitcher, however, struck out Parker to end the threat.
Calvert Hall added a run in the third to make it 5-0. Dorsey and Ian Elliott opened the inning with consecutive singles and advanced on a wild pitch. Dorsey scored on Chavis' sacrifice fly to left field.
The Cardinals put the game out of reach in the fourth with five more runs. Dariel Torres highlighted the inning with a two-run double.
"Calvert Hall is always consistent and good and they have a lot of depth," McDonogh coach Al Poklemba said. "We had too many walks and made a couple of key mistakes in the outfield and one in the infield and it cost us a few extra runs."