Calvert Hall's baseball streak is getting serious again - make it 21-0 for the top-ranked Cardinals after yesterday's visit to No. 7 Mount St. Joseph produced a 10-4 win.
Junior Michael Dillon pitched six strong innings for his sixth win, giving up six hits, striking out six and walking two on 105 pitches. Junior Greg Terry retired the side in order in the seventh.
Reid Chenworth went 4-for-4 with a grand slam to lead a 12-hit Calvert Hall attack that also featured two hits each by juniors Patrick Blair and Kevin Lingerman.
The Cardinals' latest win denied career win No. 500 to Gaels coach Dave Norton, who is 499-179 (.736) in 25 seasons.
Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl, who knows something about streaks after leading his team to state season records for consecutive wins and total wins in a 31-1 campaign in 2005, said he had a strong feeling about this season.
"We're young with a lot of juniors on this team, but there is no question that I thought we would be 21-0 at this time," said Eckerl, whose Cardinals are now 79-9 over the past three seasons. "We challenged them to go undefeated and told them it was a 50-50 chance when you go out there. Make up your mind you're not going to lose. This is a really relaxed team and they're up to the challenge and want that 31-game record."
Calvert Hall has nine regular-season games left, 10 if it reschedules a postponed game with No. 8 Franklin (8-1). And, if it wins a third consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, it would tag on three more wins in the playoffs.
A record 33-0 or 34-0 season is there for the taking.
"The streak is on our minds, of course, but we just go out everyday and just try to win," said Chenworth, who is headed to Maryland. "It's about preparation, as Coach says, and we work harder than any other team in the league."
Chenworth's slam came in a five-run second inning as the Cardinals took advantage of an infield error that would have been the third out. Instead, it led to a 6-0 lead, with all the runs unearned against starter and loser Dan Druzgala (4-2). In all, the Gaels (12-8, 6-5) committed seven errors.
The Mount St. Joseph bright spot was Kevin Taylor's two-run homer in the sixth and two-run single in the third.