Cardinals nip McDonogh


Andy Bair (6-0, one save) struck out seven against two walks and three hits as visiting and No. 1 Calvert Hall held off No. 2 McDonogh, 2-1, yesterday.

Bair threw 86 pitches -- three more than McDonogh ace Mike Ginsberg (5-1), who struck out four, yielded five hits and walked none.

Calvert Hall scored its runs in the second on a single by Bill Staub and a double by Randy Hohenstein.

McDonogh's lone run came in the fifth, as Rich Levin, who walked, scored on Scott Breault's sacrifice fly.

The Eagles were within striking distance in the seventh when Jason Taylor led off with a bunt. But Bair threw out the next batter and struck out the one after that.

Mike Dubansky then blasted a shot to deep right-center field that Scott Jachimski chased down.

Said Ginsberg, who began a double play to end the visiting seventh: "We had runners in scoring position in two of the last three innings and we didn't capitalize."

McDonogh left two runners stranded in the sixth, when a diving Kevin Olkowski prevented Dennis Badham's hard, low single from drifting into the outfield, causing Guy Robertson -- who reached on an error -- to hold up at third base. The next batter popped up, and Levin flied out to end the inning.

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