No. 1 falls again as Spalding rips John Carroll, 12-4

The Archbishop Spalding bats were alive Wednesday as the No. 5 Cavaliers followed this season's trend of knocking off the top-ranked team, beating John Carroll, 12-4.

Juniors Derrick Wells, Austin Clark and Nick Freeberger and senior Phil Kreis all homered for the Cavaliers. Wells started the barrage in the first inning with a three-run homer. Freeberger, in his second game back after recovering from a broken neck, hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and Clark hit his two-run blast two batters later in the inning to chase John Carroll's starting pitcher Trent Shaw. Kreis later added a solo homer to finish the scoring.

"They have plenty of huge hitters in their lineup, too," said Clark, who was also the winning pitcher and is 3-0. "It was all about keeping them off-balance. And then everyone on our team hit really good. Four home runs for us. Good defense and no errors. You can't ask for more than that."

The win improves Spalding's record to 5-2, which matches John Carroll's. The Patriots came into the game having put two big wins together over No. 2 Calvert Hall last week and No. 3 Gilman on Monday, but couldn't keep it going against Spalding.

Starting pitcher Trent Shaw was roughed up for 10 of the Cavaliers' 12 hits, but also helped keep his team in contention early with a two-run home run in the third inning that helped John Carroll rally to within 4-3. The Patriots couldn't keep up in the fifth, however, when the Cavaliers produced seven runs.

"It just seemed like we came out flat and didn't hit as well as we usually do," said the Patriots' J.K. Hockaday, who doubled and scored a run. "But that's baseball. You just have to move on to the next game."

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