Spalding beats Severna Park Softball

April 21, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

If the second-ranked Archbishop Spalding High softball team has a favorite number this season, it must be zero.

The host Cavaliers (7-1) shut out their seventh opponent, beating No. 9 Severna Park, 7-0, yesterday behind the three-hit pitching of junior Rachel Synowski.

Synowski pitched her sixth shutout of the season, striking out seven and walking one. Synowski is 6-1 with 73 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings, and she hasn't allowed an earned run this season while limiting opponents to 16 hits. The right-hander also contributed at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two singles.

"I'm real proud of what she's doing," Spalding coach Jim Nemeth said of Synowski, who retired the last nine Falcons batters in a row. "We are real confident in her pitching, and she is real confident in her ability. The key for Rachel is that she is a pitcher first and a thrower second."

Synowski's busy week continues today when she will pitch against host and No. 13 IND. The junior also threw a three-hitter against No. 4John Carroll Monday, striking out 16 batters, and she may pitch Friday in a doubleheader.

The Cavaliers struck in the bottom of the second inning with two runs. Spalding loaded the bases on two walks and a single. Crystal Henderson, who went 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBI, then hit a single to left field, driving in Kelli Fickes and Nicki Trumpler.

In the third, the Falcons (4-1) loaded the bases with no outs on a single, an error and a walk. But Amanda Melgaard was thrown out at the plate on the next play, and Synowski got the next two batters to hit pop-ups. "She [Synowski] is tough when she bears down," Nemeth said.

Spalding's Kathleen Legg reached second on a error in the fifth, and then scored on another error to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead.

The Cavaliers added four runs in the sixth, taking advantage of three hits and another Severna Park error. Synowski hit a single in the sixth to score Kelly Mabe.

Severna Park's Christy Huber struck out 12 but took the loss.

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