Mount St. Joseph coach Dave Norton said good teams must take advantage of miscues from the opposition. Yesterday, that's just what his host Gaels did.
Sixth-ranked Mount St. Joseph (12-2, 5-2) converted several openings offered by No. 13 Gilman to score six runs in the fifth and sixth innings for a 7-3 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
Gilman (6-3, 4-3) held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.
Over the next two innings, the Greyhounds committed three errors in addition to giving up three walks and three steals. Two wild pitches and a passed ball did not help.
Michael Couser started a two-run fifth-inning rally with a double and went to third when the ball was bobbled. He scored when Bill McGuire reached on an error. McGuire then stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and tied the game on Jeff Felker's sacrifice fly.
Greg Dobbyn replaced starter Bobby Proutt for Gilman in the sixth and quickly got into trouble. Brendan Mahoney reached on another error before Eric Jeschke and Everett Cooper walked to load the bases.
After Dan Rosewag forced Mahoney at home against new pitcher Rollie Corden, Couser walked on a full count for a 4-3 lead. After McGuire struck out, Felker lined a bases-clearing double for the lone hit in the four-run inning.
Gilman drove a few balls early in the game. Yani Rosenberg lined an RBI double in the first inning and added a homer in the fourth. Russell Wrenn hit a homer in the second to give Gilman the early lead.
But St. Joe starter Ryan Baker settled down after that. He began mixing his pitches better and went the distance, throwing a six-hitter.
Baker began using his breaking ball and change-up more often and getting ahead of hitters. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced.
"Two home runs is not enough against a team like St. Joe," said Gilman coach Marty Meloy.
* Aberdeen 5, North Harford 1: Melissa Gerdom pitched a no-hitter and struck out 12 to lead host Aberdeen (3-5) over North Harford (0-6). The Hawks scored on a walk.