This time, Spalding puts Old Mill away, 3-0 Softball

April 16, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

This time, the players on Archbishop Spalding's second-ranked softball team weren't going to relax until the final out, something the Cavaliers never attained in their first meeting with Old Mill.

After blowing a three-run lead with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in Monday's matchup with No. 3 Old Mill, the Cavaliers built a 3-0 lead again yesterday. This time, they took care of business defensively and held on to defeat the home-standing Patriots, 3-0.

"I don't think I'm going to start celebrating this one just yet," said Spalding coach Jim Nemeth. "I'm waiting for the umpire to come over here and tell me we missed an inning."

Unfortunately for Old Mill (3-1), the umpire never approached Nemeth after the game and Rachel Synowski's two-hit shutout will go in the books, improving the defending Catholic League champions' record to 5-1. Synowski struck out nine.

The Cavaliers' broke on top in the third inning when teammate Crystal Henderson hit a bases-empty home run to deep right-center field.

"Rachel was fired up today and she made some adjustments for herself," said Nemeth. "I think she was pressing a little bit on Monday, trying to get the final out.

"She just went out today and mixed her pitches up and set people up and I think that was the key. The seventh inning she was trying to be a thrower on Monday. The seventh inning today, she was trying to be a pitcher and she did a great job with that."

The Cavaliers went to work on Old Mill pitching ace Karen Jacobson again in the sixth inning. Kathleen Legg started things off with a single and moved to second on a throwing error. Nicki Trumpler followed with a triple to right-center and was awarded home when the relay throw to third base rolled out of play, giving Spalding a 3-0 lead.

"They have a lot of hitters who hit and we only have a few hitters who didn't hit," said Old Mill second-year coach Lori Darnall. "I knew Trumpler could hit Karen [Jacobson] because she started on her last time, but you can only have your outfielders back up so far.

"They just hit better than we did and they took extra care of the ball so that they wouldn't do the same thing they did on Monday."

Senior shortstop Kelly Mabe led the Cavaliers, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Afterward, Mabe admitted that she wasn't going to start savoring the victory until the final out was made.

"We just came in and played the same 6 2/3 innings that we played last time, but this time we made sure we got that last out," said Mabe. "Even in the very last inning we still knew that it wasn't over yet, but we're a confident team and we just tried to forget about it and move on."

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