Doctors told Calvert Hall's Jason Bungori he'd "be out of sports for at least a year" after repairing a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Jan. 19, he said.
But yesterday at Essex Community College, the senior right-hander hurled the Cardinals (26-5) to their second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, 16-4, over Mount St. Joseph (19-13), supported by teammates who hammered out 19 hits.
Bungori (8-1) recovered from a blast by Mark Teixeira, a second-inning two-run home run for a 2-0 lead. He gave up three of seven hits against six strikeouts in the final inning before Justin Nash retired the last batter.
"Jason overcame a lot this year. I'm excited for him," said coach Joe Binder, winner of his 10th crown. "Teixeira's a great hitter, but give credit to Jason for getting him out twice after that."
Teixeira's soaring 420-foot shot, which bounced off the top of a short tree beyond the 390-foot fence in left-center, was his 12th.
But the Cardinals gained a permanent lead with a six-hit, five-run second, and turned the game into a rout with a six-run, six-hit third-inning for an 11-2 lead.
Chris Staub led the Cardinals, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Justin Nash (3-for-4, two RBIs) had a solo home run, followed by Joe Marcozzi, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Avon Mack and Damien Michalak each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, followed by Mike Wineke (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI) and Mike Ey (1-for-2, two RBIs).
"We struggled early but we fought back," said Avon Mack, who dedicated the game to his recently deceased grandmother.
Pub Date: 5/28/98