Calvert Hall started quickly yesterday at No. 6 Mount St. Joseph. Five batters into the game, the Cardinals had three hits and four runs.
And then they got hot.
Top-ranked Calvert Hall battered three Mount St. Joseph pitchers for 13 hits, and John McKay tossed a three-hitter to give the Cardinals an 11-1 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
Calvert Hall (20-2, 10-0) started the game hitting and never stopped. The Cardinals had at least two hits in five of the six innings -- the 10-run rule ended the game after six innings -- with four of them being for extra bases.
"We swung at good pitches, and I'm very pleased," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Binder. "It's a lot easier to play when you're up four runs."
And it didn't take the Cardinals long to get those runs. St. Joe starter
Colin McGonigal hit leadoff batter Joe Miller, and, two batters later, Kevin Olkowski doubled him in.
Andy Bair moved Olkowski to third with a single. Bill Staub, Calvert Hall's fifth batter, then sent McGonigal's first pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer and a 4-0 lead.
"I just jumped right on it," said Staub, who finished 2-for-3 with the three RBIs. "I wasn't trying to hit it out. I was just taking a good rip at it."
Several other Calvert Hall players had some good rips at the St. Joe pitchers. Bair, McKay and Rusty Brown each contributed two hits. Miller scored three runs (and stole home once) while Olkowski added two RBIs.
Each Cardinal starter either had a hit or reached base at least once. Calvert Hall increased the lead to 9-0 after three innings and coasted from there.
The fifth inning was the only inning in which the Cardinals did not get a hit or score a run, but they did have a runner reach.
Hits and base runners were few and far between for St. Joe
(16-3, 7-3). McKay gave up a hit on his first pitch of the game, and then did notallow another one until the fifth inning.
McKay, who shut out the Gaels with 14 strikeouts last time, dazzled them once more. The right-hander kept the St. Joe batters off-balance with a mixture of fastballs, curves and sliders.
McKay finished with eight strikeouts, and the three hits were the only balls St. Joe got out of the infield.
"The [early lead] was great," said McKay, now 7-1. "I could go right after them and challenge them."
St. Joe coach Dave Norton said his team may have been a bit intimidated by the "Calvert Hall mystique." The Gaels came out a bit tentative -- and it hurt them.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak, during which the Mount St. Joe offense played a big part. The Gaels scored 52 runs during that streak, but never got going yesterday.
"Against a team like Calvert Hall, you don't want to get down by a large margin," Norton said. "Playing catch-up against Calvert Hall is tough to do."