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Wade and Rawlings drive St. Paul's to another win

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Crusaders continue to chase first place in the MIAA A Conference (VIDEO COMING SOON)

Jamal WadeThe baseball stars of the MIAA A Conference are shining nearly every day this spring, especially at the top of the league and another set took a turn leading its team to victory, Thursday, as St. Paul's topped Archbishop Spalding, 6-1, in Brooklandvillle.

The host Crusaders got behind senior right-hander Jamal Wade, who threw six strong innings, giving up just one run on four hits and he struck out nine. In addition, senior Keifer Rawlings once again paced the offense with a huge three-run triple

The Crusaders (14-3, 8-3) got two runs in the bottom of the first, one on a wild pitch, and another on a fielder's choice, and they made it 3-0 in the third, on an RBI single from Ryan Glendon.  Keifer Rawlings smashed a three-run triple in the fourth, to give Wade a cushion, and Kurt Rawlings retired the Cavaliers (16-4, 7-4) in the seventh for coach Pat Walsh.

St. Pauls moved into third place in the conference with the win, a half-game behind two-time defending conference champ Calvert Hall (8-2), and a game back of Archbishop Curley, which moved to 9-2 with a 10-8 win over McDonogh.

The Cavaliers fell to 7-4 in the conference, and they currently hold fourth place.

Walsh praised his three senior captains, Wade, Keifer Rawlings, and Bennett Briante.

"Keifer Rawlings has done an awesome job on the mound and at the plate, and Jamal Wade has done an awesome job on the mound and at the plate, and Bennett Briante, our other senior captain, and lead-off hitter, he's leading the team in on-base percentage. He's probably the unsung hero of that group," said Walsh.

On Wade's effort on the hill, Walsh said, "Jamal made some mechanical adjustments this winter, and he's come lights out pitching. He throws strikes, his curve-ball has been great, and he spots up."

Spalding scored their only run of the day off of Wade in the sixth, on a fielders choice, when Billy Godrick grounded to short scoring River Laskey, who singled to start the frame.

Spalding ace Jordan Carr took the loss.

Conference action heats up in earnest starting on Friday, when Calvert Hall hosts Mount St. Joe. The Hall then visits St. Paul's on Monday, and Spalding will play at Curley on Monday in key match-ups.

AS  000  001  0  --  1  4  2
SP  201  300  x  --  6  7  1

Carr, Ragins (5) and Sears; Wade, Kt. Rawlings (7) and Sebastian
WP-Wade   LP-Carr
2B: AS-Hunt.
3B: SP-Kf. Rawlings.

Last Updated (Friday, 25 April 2014 07:45)




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