Calvert Hall pitching ace Andy Bair showed No. 14 Gilman the other side of his game yesterday.
The bulky left-hander broke the game open with a home run and went on to strike out eight in the Cardinals' 7-1 victory over the visiting Greyhounds.
"Some people hit him early today, but he doesn't lose his composure and that's another asset that Andy Bair has," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder, whose top-ranked team improved to 11-0.
"I don't see him getting flustered or rattled in that situation. He has mound presence. That's what separates Andy from some guys who throw the ball as well or as hard. He doesn't beat himself. He mixes his pitches up, and now he's swinging the bat very well."
Bair gave up two of his three hits and one of his two walks in the opening inning.
Adam Heaps started things off for the Greyhounds with a one-out single and Yani Rosenberg followed with a double to the fence in left-center. Bair loaded the bases by walking Jason Mersey and then left all three stranded by striking out the next two batters.
Gilman (6-2) threatened again in the third inning and the Greyhounds appeared to have scored, but Mersey's two-out liner to right field was ruled a ground-rule double because the ball was stuck under the fence.
As a result, Heaps, who reached on a walk and would have easily scored, had to return to third and Mersey, who was on his way to a stand-up triple, went back to second. Three pitches later, Bair got a groundout, leaving two more Greyhounds stranded.
Bair (5-0) helped his own cause in the bottom of the third by drilling a two-run homer over the fence in left center and into the side of a vehicle.
Randy Hohenstein's bases-empty home run started a three-run Calvert Hall fourth that included singles and steals by Joe Miller, Scott Jachimski and Kevin Olkowski. Gilman starter Greg Dobbyn left in the inning after hitting Bill Staub with a pitch to load the bases.
The Cardinals added an insurance run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Miller and got another in the sixth on Dave Disney's RBI-single to right.
With his Cardinals scheduled to play seven games in the next 12 days, Binder gave Bair the seventh inning off and the Greyhounds showed their appreciation by mustering a run and spoiling the shutout.