Third baseman Kevin Olkowski went 4-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and four runs scored to pace a 16-hit attack as top-ranked Calvert Hall (13-0) ripped No. 7 Arundel, 14-8, in the first game of the Arundel Easter Tournament.
Calvert Hall edged Arundel, 3-1, in last year's tournament final and will meet the Oakland Mills/Queen Anne's winner 3:30 p.m. Monday in this year's championship game. The Hall is playing Saturday in Philadelphia against LaSalle High.
"We're coming back to win this on Monday," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder. "I wasn't really pleased with the way we played today. We were kind of flat."
Binder was not including Olkowski in his remarks on an April day not conducive for baseball. The game was played under November-like conditions but not cold enough to chill out Olkowski.
"Kevin has been on fire since the second half of last season when we put him at third," said Binder.
Olkowski is 8-for-11 in three games this week and is batting .500 (23-for-46) on the season.
"This is the best we've hit so far this season and it was against a good team," said Olkowski.
After starter and loser Shawn Buckler (0-1) retired the first two Cardinals to start the game, Olkowski drilled a double to right center. Andy Bair followed with a two-run homer to right field.
Olkowski had an RBI single in a five-run second and a two-run single as Calvert Hall scored three more times in the third to make it 10-0.
Shortstop John McKay was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Bair, Randy Hohenstein and Matt Schruefer had two hits each.
Arundel (5-3) didn't get on the board until Brian Burden hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer over center fielder Joe Miller's head in the bottom of the third. Burden was 3-for-3 with five RBIs.
Calvert Hall scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings before the Wildcats got three more in the bottom of the fifth to chase left-hander Jason Jacobs (2-0).
Jacobs ran into control problems, walking three in a row before giving way to Billy Staub, who finished for the Cardinals.
Besides Burden, who had a two-run single off Staub in the sixth, Casey Trout (2-for-3) and left-hander Ryan Fox were bright spots for the Wildcats.
Fox, the fourth Arundel pitcher, pitched two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. The 6-foot-4, 160-pound junior was the only Wildcat to get Olkowski out.
Olkowski popped to short for the final out in the seventh.
"We gave a lot of guys an opportunity to prove themselves and I was pleased with several, especially Fox," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter. "Ryan took full advantage of his opportunity.
"He's a kid who does everything you ask him to do and when
somebody like that gets his chance and does well, it makes you feel great."
Arundel will play in Monday's consolation at 12:30 p.m.