Spalding rebounds from loss by shutting out Towson, 11-0 Softball

April 15, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Towson's 14th-ranked softball team probably couldn't have picked a worse time than yesterday to visit No. 2 Archbishop Spalding.

Frustrated by a loss, a rescheduled game and a postponement earlier in the week, the Cavaliers were eager to play.

The week of disappointments began Monday at the North County Holiday Tournament. Spalding led Old Mill 3-0 with two outs in the seventh before yielding four unearned runs in a 4-3 loss. Later in the tournament, Spalding built a 6-0 lead over Arundel, only to see the game stopped and nullified because of )) rain.

On Tuesday, Spalding was prepared to expel its dissatisfaction on No. 11 Severna Park, but the game was rescheduled because of a scheduling mix-up.

Yesterday, all those frustrations came pouring out at Randazzo Park in Severn, as Spalding compiled 11 hits in an 11-0 victory over the defending Baltimore County champs. The game was halted after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

"Losing to Old Mill was a heart-breaker, but it's something we have to sort of get over with," said Spalding coach Jim Nemeth, whose team will have another shot at the third-ranked Patriots at 3:45 p.m. today at Old Mill. "I was real pleased today. I thought the kids played real well. This is a pretty substantial Baltimore County team, but we hit the ball well and played good defense."

Spalding's defense took on a bit of a new look with ace pitcher Rachel Synowski at shortstop and her understudy, Kelley Neubert, on the mound. In her first varsity start, Neubert struck out only one but gave up only two hits and one walk in the shutout.

Spalding (4-1, 4-0) manufactured a run in the first inning after Crystal Henderson's leadoff single to right. Henderson stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and eventually was brought home by third baseman Kelly Mabe.

Spalding did the bulk of the damage in its half of the second inning. Nicki Trumpler initiated the rally with a single to left field and backup catcher Dana Fidazzo followed with a bloop single to right that enabled Trumpler to advance two bases. Neubert loaded the bases on a bunt single and all the runners advanced on Carrie Thompson's infield single that scored Trumpler.

Mabe cleared the bases on the next pitch with a double to left to make it 5-0.

A single by Synowski and a walk by Amy Povloski loaded the bases for Kathleen Legg, who cleared them with a triple to deep left field. Before the inning ended, Legg scored on another single by Trumpler, giving Spalding a 9-0 lead.

The only highlight for Towson (0-2) was a nifty double play in the scoreless fourth inning.

"We just got beat by a better team today," said Towson coach Paul Becker, whose other loss was to Severna Park, 9-7, before the Easter break. "When we initially set up our schedule, this was supposed to be our 12th game of the season and we

figured we would be in midseason form. But with the weather and everything it ended up being only our second game, and it showed."

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