It was probably luck the reason Ryan Calhoun found himself only 90 feet away from tying Saturday's game against Archbishop Wood. Calhoun represented the game equalizing run when he stepped to the plate. He hit a mile high pop up that Wood centerfielder Anthony Zupito lost in the sun as the ball flew over his head, allowing ZJ Zabinski and John Aiello to score the fifth and sixth Germantown Academy runs.
With Robert Reger at the plate, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, GA coach Tyler Stampone decided he wanted to make a statement, setting the tempo for play for his team's season. Stampone opted for Calhoun to steal home to tie the game. Unfortunately for the Patriots, Calhoun's run stealing bid fell short as sophomore Joe Lancellotti's pitch reached the plate in time for catcher Nick Lafferty to apply the game-ending tag as Wood escaped with the 7-6 victory.
"[Lancellotti] had a real long wind up and Calhoun got a good secondary lead the pitch before,' Stampone said. "Early in the season, it's our second time on the field, I said, ' you know what Cal, let's try it.''
"We had one of our lesser experienced guys at the plate, and not that I didn't have confidence in him, but I thought we could tie it up and thought he still might have got in there, but it was a fun play, cool way to end the game.'
Both teams throughout the game showed signs of early season rust as GA errors in the sixth inning allowed Wood to build its five-run advantage. The Patriots committed five errors on the game. Wood had its share of miscues as well as the Vikings failed to complete two doubleplays in the sixth inning.
"This is for the most part both teams first time out on a ball field,' Wood coach Jim DiGuiseppe said. "Getting the timing of something and working together at the full distance, all things like that I think are going to come and we're going to get a lot sharper as the year goes on.'
The difference in the game for Wood was the performance they got on the mound both from starting pitcher Dominic McFadden, who pitch five solid innings and settled down nicely after surrendering two first inning runs. Lancellotti tossed two relief innings and closed out the game for the Vikes.
"My starter went five, we kept him at 70 pitches, and [Lancellotti, who] came in in the end there, he's a sophomore and we closed him out the last two innings there.'