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Blair's 2-out single in 7th clinches Calvert Hall's win

The Baltimore Sun

Sophomore Patrick Blair's fourth hit of the game, a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifted No. 2 Calvert Hall over visiting No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, 11-10, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference baseball game yesterday.

Blair got the opportunity to win the game after Jeff Guthridge hit homers in the fifth and sixth innings, the second a grand slam that gave Calvert Hall a 10-9 lead.

The Cavaliers tied it at 10 in the top of the seventh on a double by Jeff Kemp, but they left him stranded to set the stage for Blair.

Kevin Lingerman replaced Cardinals starter Nick Caddick in the second inning and went the rest of the way, giving up four runs and earning the win.

Calvert Hall is 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the A Conference. Spalding fell to 12-3 and 2-2.

Cody Schuchman led off the bottom of the seventh with a bloop single to left against Cavaliers reliever Scott Arndt and was sacrificed to second by Evan Cain. Matt Fairbank then ran for Schuchman and advanced to third on John Collingsworth's fielder's choice.

Blair drilled a 1-1 pitch into left to score Fairbank.

"I was looking for a nice pitch to drive with a runner on third and I got a nice pitch to hit and drove it," said Blair, who is Calvert Hall's shortstop after starting most of his freshman year in the outfield. "After Jeff hit that grand slam, there was no doubt we were going to win the game."

Guthridge, a first baseman who is headed to Hofstra, hit a bases-empty shot off Cavaliers starter Jason Patten in the fifth to make it a 9-6 game.

Patten left after 110 pitches and five innings, giving up eight hits, striking out six and walking three in the first, all of whom scored. He was replaced by Steve Brinkley, who gave up the two-out slam to Guthridge.

"He got it up and away and I knew he was going to throw me away, so I went with it to right to get a few runners in," Guthridge said.

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