No. 2 Spalding beats No. 4 IND, 10-2

April 20, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Archbishop Spalding pitcher Carrie Parsons gave up her first earned runs of the season yesterday. She also allowed more than two hits in a game for the first time.

But the day wasn't a total loss as Parsons threw a five-hitter, and No. 2 Spalding got home runs from Kari Thompson and Crystal Ray and took advantage of five errors to defeat No. 4 Institute of Notre Dame, 10-2, in a battle of the Catholic League's top two teams at Herring Run Park.

Parsons entered the game with some impressive numbers for Spalding (10-0, 6-0).

In the three games she pitched, Parsons threw a no-hitter plus a one- and two-hitter.

Parsons, in 21 innings, had struck out 40, allowed no earned runs (two overall) and surrendered only three hits.

While IND (4-2, 3-1) did hit Parsons (4-0) at times, the senior right-hander still dominated. She used her good speed to strike out seven and keep the Indians quiet.

"I'm used to doing a little better," said Parsons.

"I was getting frustrated with myself because I felt I wasn't pitching as well as I [usually] do."

Spalding coach Linda Taylor said Parsons' effort was fine with her.

"Carrie's an intimidating pitcher," said Taylor. "You can see on an off-day that she performs better than most pitchers do on an on-day."

Parsons and the Cavaliers also got help because the IND fielding was definitely off.

Three IND errors in the top of the first helped Spalding jump to a 3-0 lead -- despite managing just one infield hit.

Crystal Henderson (two stolen bases, two runs) doubled in a run in the top of the second for Spalding, but Kristan Ehrman answered for IND in the bottom half with a solo homer.

Thompson then helped break the game open in the fourth. With Dana Fidazzo and Henderson on, Thompson lined a homer to deep centerfield, stretching to lead to 7-1.

"That was the clincher," said Taylor.

Ray added another home run in the seventh. After striking out her first three times, she moved up in the box and belted one to deep center for a two-run homer and a 10-1 lead.

For IND, pitcher Lisa Riley threw well. She gave up only seven hits and struck out eight. But her team's fielding woes were costly as all five errors led to Spalding runs.

"The errors are what really hurt," said IND coach Sandy Altadonna. "You can't make errors like that against a team like Spalding. We just fell apart."

The two teams, who met in last year's Catholic League tournament final (won by IND), meet again tomorrow.

Altadonna said his team has to do a better job of converting scoring chances. The Indians had some opportunities against Parsons, but she shut them down when it counted.

"She was tough," said Altadonna. "I think that every time we got something going, she bore down and got serious and got the job done."

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