Senior right-hander Mike Dillon pitched a three-hitter and sophomore Pat Fitzgerald singled in the game-winner in the bottom of the fifth as top-ranked Calvert Hall (26-7) edged No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 2-1, to win its fourth consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference baseball championship at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen last night.
"Both pitchers pitched well, and this was probably the best-played game of the season," Spalding coach Steve Miller said.
Dillon (9-1) struck out 12, walked four and hit two batters on 114 pitches to out-duel Spalding's Jeff Kemp, who lost a six-hitter.
Justin Anderson led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple into the left-field corner, and catcher Luke Sawyer's shot to third was backhanded by a diving Adam Summerfeldt, who tagged out John Hornberger, who was pinch running for Anderson, before Hornberger could dive back to third.
Fitzgerald then singled in Sawyer's courtesy runner, Mike Blackwell, who had advanced to second on a wild pitch, to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
Spalding missed a chance for a big inning in the first with the bases loaded with one out. Matt Hillsinger started things with a double to left-center. Summerfeldt was hit by a pitch, and after Kemp was caught looking, Kody Hines drew a walk off Dillon to load the bases.
Calvert Hall answered in the first as Greg Bryant doubled in Patrick Blair from first base. Blair had singled with two outs and scored on a ball hit in front of right fielder Kevin Moran, who slipped trying to catch it.
B Conference -- Visiting Park (13-7) - led by Rex Gelb (3-for-4) - scored four runs in the seventh inning to beat St. Vincent Pallotti (17-13) in a B Conference elimination game, 7-6. The Bruins trailed 6-3 in the top of the seventh before Tony DeMarco singled, stole second and came home on David Narrow's double. Gelb followed with a single before Andrew Keiser hit a two-run triple. Alec Ring's sacrifice fly rounded out the scoring. Ring (1-for-3) also hit a two-run double in the fourth inning. The Panthers' Kieran Flannery had a two-run homer in the fifth. Park faces Boys' Latin in today's 4 p.m. championship game at Ripken Stadium.