Senior right-hander Dan Prevatt pitched a five-hitter, struck out seven and walked one as No. 4 Archbishop Curley edged No. 5 Mount St. Joseph, 3-2, yesterday in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference baseball semifinals at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.
Prevatt (8-2) out-dueled the Gaels' Joe Peeler (8-1), who pitched a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and two walks on 107 pitches.
The victory sends the Friars (22-7) into Monday's 7 p.m. final at Cannon, while the Gaels (19-8) try to stay alive in today's 1 p.m. losers' bracket against No. 14 St. Paul's, a 7-3 winner over No. 15 Calvert Hall yesterday.
Defending champion Calvert Hall had been in the final every year since 1987 under Joe Binder, except 1999 when Curley last won it.
Curley has to be beaten twice. If that happens, the "if necessary" game would be Tuesday.
"It's within our grasp," said Mount St. Joseph coach Dave Norton, whose Gaels have not won the title since 1987 and have been runner-up the past four years.
"We have to concentrate on [Friday] and win that one, come back with [Gavin] Floyd on Monday, and then Peeler gets a shot at them on Tuesday. It can be done. I like our chances."
Yesterday, Prevatt had his best velocity of the season, a nasty curveball and excellent location on most of his 91 pitches.
"I was really pumped up. We didn't want to play [Friday] because we have our prom," said Prevatt, who was the playmaker on the Friars' B Conference basketball champion this year and a member of the 1999 A Conference baseball champion. "The curve was my best pitch."
Prevatt's single in the first inning scored Justin Tester, who had doubled to give the Friars the early lead, but the Gaels tied it in the bottom of the third. Kevin Leasure doubled and Joe Sargent singled him home to make it 1-1.
Curley regained the lead on Dominick Compton's run-scoring single in the fourth and added the third run in the fifth when Tester scored on Steve Gale's fielder's choice. A single by Peeler in the sixth scored Floyd to make it a 3-2 game. Floyd had been hit by a pitch before stealing second base.
Prevatt then retired the last six batters he faced to secure the victory.
In a game that took exactly three hours to complete, Chapelgate upset top-seeded St. Mary's, 14-11.
Dan Parlette belted a two-run homer for the Flames (13-4), who advance to Monday's B conference final at Cannon Stadium at 1 p.m.
The Saints (17-1) play in today's losers' bracket game at Cannon at 4 p.m.
Greg Koffel and Mitch Waters led Glenelg Country School into the C Conference finals with a 12-5 victory over Sts. Peter and Paul at Joe Cannon Stadium.
The Dragons (14-1, 10-0 in league) advanced to Monday's final at Cannon at 4 p.m.
Koffel and Waters shared the pitching and catching duties, with Koffel (6-1) picking up the win. The duo each had three hits. So did Dan Bansch and Josh Lovewell for veteran coach Al Poklemba.
Poklemba, who won an A Conference title at McDonogh in 1992 and was runner-up the next two seasons, can join a handful of coaches who have won titles in two leagues.
"The overall level of play is not as high in the C as it is in the A, but I enjoy teaching fundamentals to the kids," said Poklemba.