Tommy Bowles' double in extra innings broke a 1-1 tie, leading No. 8 Mount St. Joseph (12-7, 6-4 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) past No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 5-1, yesterday.
"It was a big win for us," coach David Norton said. "We've been inconsistent at times this season, and you have to win these games if you want to make it to the playoffs."
With the score tied in the top of the eighth, catcher Zach Kiehne led off the inning with a double. Drew Tokosch entered the game to run for Kiehne and came around to score on Bowles' double.
With his team already up 2-1, Brandon White stepped to the plate three batters later and delivered a three-run home run.
Sloppy defense in the first inning by Mount St. Joseph led to the only run of the day for Spalding. After starting pitcher Ryan Kemp walked the leadoff batter, a throw to second by Kiehne sailed into the outfield, allowing the runner to advance to third. Kemp then threw a wild pitch, allowing the Spalding runner to score.
The Gaels tied the score in the third, however, when Kiehne singled and pinch runner Tokosch stole second base. Cleanup hitter Mitch Perez then delivered a run-scoring single.
The game would remain scoreless until Bowles' double in the top of the eighth. Spalding's Joe Patten kept the lid on the Mount St. Joseph offense, pitching seven innings of one-run ball for Spalding. Ryan Kemp pitched five innings for the Gaels, with Tommy Miller picking up the win in relief.
Spalding has lost two consecutive games in league play.
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