To upset top-ranked Archbishop Spalding in yesterday's Catholic League tournament final, Institute of Notre Dame would need to play good defense, capitalize on every opportunity and keep Cavaliers pitcher Kim Sheridan from gaining momentum.
The Indians accomplished none of the above, resulting in an 11-0 Spalding romp at McDonogh School, as the Cavaliers claimed their third straight tournament title when the game was ended with none out in the fifth inning by the league's 10-run rule.
In the consolation game, Mandy Fabula's fourth-inning double scored Sue Taylor with what proved to be the winning run of Seton Keough's 16-3 victory over McDonogh.
Spalding had 13 hits and scored 10 unearned runs to back the two-hit, nine-strikeout pitching of Sheridan (14-1). The junior right-hander, who no-hit Seton Keough (5-0) in a semifinal, worked out of serious trouble in the first inning and gathered steam from there.
The game ended when Niccole Dunleavy's third hit of the day capped a four-run fifth by scoring Kelly Mabe and Amy Councilman with the 10th and 11th runs.
As it turned out, however, Spalding (18-1) scored the only run it needed in the first inning, when leadoff batter Mabe reached on the first of four Indians errors and eventually scored on Carrie Lycett's bunt up the first-base line.
"During the week, we said, 'Let's go out and make one run happen, then get another and another,' " said Spalding coach Jim Nemeth. "We got that one run in the first. And that's a big run for us, because Kim shut them down the rest of the way."
First-year coach Nemeth said: "We've had a lot of great teams at Spalding, but this is the best of all. I give a lot of credit to [former coach] Father Paul Martin, because I just inherited it."
IND.. .. .. 000.. .. 00.. --.. 0.. 2.. 4
Spalding .. 104.. .. 24.. --..11..13.. 2
Engleman (5-5) and Hargis; Sheridan (14-1) and McKeldin. HR: S--Lycett.