Sophomore Pat Fitzgerald's one-out double down the left- field line in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Evan Cain from second base to give top-ranked Calvert Hall a 3-2 win over St. John's of Washington yesterday at Carlo Crispino Stadium in Towson.
The game pitted Baltimore's No. 1 team and the No. 4 team in The Washington Post. The Cadets (13-5) advanced to the semifinals of the National Classic in Anaheim and finished fourth a couple of weeks ago while Calvert Hall (15-4) went 1-3.
Cain reached on a shot back to the mound that losing pitcher Hugh Adams threw over the first baseman's head.
Fitzgerald, who just moved to the leadoff spot in the batting order the day before in an 11-1 romp over John Carroll after the Cardinals' 31-game Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference winning streak was broken, 11-7, by Cardinal Gibbons on Monday, was 2-for-4 and scored a run.
"He [Adams] had me guessing up at the plate, then threw me a good inside fastball and I turned on it, " said Fitzgerald, who has a .600 on-base percentage.
Kevin Lingerman, who has been a big game pitcher for Calvert Hall the past two seasons, went the distance in the nonleague affair. He gave up three hits, walked five (one intentional) and struck out seven to go to 2-0.
"My curveball was good the entire game while my slider was on and off, " said Lingerman, who beat Notre Dame Academy, 1-0, last year by pitching a no-hitter and hitting a homer. "I put it in play and my fielders did a great job [no errors]. We love these kind of games."
L.J. Hoes, who is expected to go in the top 10 rounds of big league draft in June as an outfielder, started his first game on the mound for the Cadets.
"We're in a situation now [injuries] that he's going to have to start some games for us, " said St. John's coach Mark Gibbs, a former shortstop in the Orioles' minor league system.
"He did a pretty good job out there today."
Hoes went four innings, giving up two first-inning runs on Pat Blair's fielder's choice and a double by Brooks Rothschild, before giving way to Adams.
In the seventh, Hoes, who was 1-for-3 against Lingerman, came up with two outs and a runner on second. Cardinals coach Lou Eckerl ordered Lingerman to intentionally walk him. So, Lingerman put his Oriolelanders' fall team teammate on and got the next man on a groundout.