Sophomores Greg Bryant and Pat Fitzgerald made key contributions early, and junior Mike Trionfo closed out the game for his first save as host Calvert Hall turned back Archbishop Curley, 4-2, yesterday at Carlo Crispino Stadium in Towson.
The top-ranked Cardinals (17-5 overall) remained in first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference at 10-1.
The No. 3 Friars (16-5), who left 13 runners on base, fell to third place at 9-3.
Trionfo relieved winning pitcher Mike Dillon with runners on second and third and no outs in the top of the sixth. He struck out a batter before loading the bases on an intentional walk after a 2-1 count to Sean Thompson, who had homered earlier.
Trionfo struck out another and got a groundout to end the inning.
After giving up a single to losing pitcher Keith Fritz in the seventh, Trionfo struck out a batter, hit a batter and struck out the last two.
"Trionfo has been doing a great job closing for us," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said. "They can't touch his breaking ball, and he closed the door."
No. 2 Archbishop Spalding (21-4) holds second place at 10-2, a half game behind the Cardinals, who visit Curley in a makeup game Tuesday and host Spalding on Wednesday.
Yesterday, after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, Calvert Hall rung up its first of two two-run innings, as Bryant singled in a pair. Bryant's infield hit in the third brought in an additional run, as senior Kevin Lingerman, who tripled and doubled, scored.
"Last week I was way out in front of the ball, but the coaches have been working real hard with me to keep my weight back," said Bryant, who batted fifth in Calvert Hall's ever-changing lineup. "Since then, I've been hitting the ball real well."
Dillon's sacrifice fly put Calvert Hall up 4-1. Thompson led off the third for Curley by homering over the left-field fence. The next inning, Thompson singled in the Friars' second run.
On the defensive side, Fitzgerald threw out a runner at home for the final out in the second inning.
Calvert Hall managed only five hits off Fritz, who did not strike out a batter and walked four in five innings.
Dillon hit four batters and walked four to go with four strikeouts and six hits on 95 pitches before giving way to Trionfo in the sixth. The Friars left the bases loaded in the first and sixth innings, two in each of the third, fifth and seventh and one in the second.