Spalding beats IND, 6-5, despite two key injuries

April 23, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

For Archbishop Spalding, it was not the best of starts.

Starting pitcher Rachel Synowski injured her knee in pre-game warm-ups and was immediately taken to the doctor. Starting first baseman Nicki Trumpler injured her shoulder in the fourth inning and missed the rest of the game. Then the Institute of Notre Dame jumped to a four-run lead one inning later.

Then Spalding pitcher Carrie Parsons took over.

Parsons allowed only four hits and struck out 19, and she hit a bases-empty homer with one out in the bottom of the 11th to give No. 2 Spalding the victory, 6-5, over No. 4 IND in a Catholic League game yesterday at Randazzo Park.

Parsons, who also sparked a game-tying rally in the sixth inning, gave Spalding (11-0, 7-0) the victory by lining a Lisa Riley pitch into the gap in right-center field. Parsons slid home just ahead of the Riley relay throw, and Spalding had its second victory of the week over IND (5-3, 4-2).

"I was just trying to get a single or double," said Parsons, who went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. "I just wanted to get on base."

The main thing Parsons did was keep the Cavaliers in the game. Parsons, who defeated IND with a five-hitter on Tuesday, struck out 14 through the regulation seven innings. She befuddled IND with her fastball, change-up and drop.

Riley also pitched well, often stifling the Spalding hitters. She went the distance -- as she had on Tuesday -- allowing only eight hits in 10 2/3 innings. Except for the four-run sixth, Riley surrendered only two runs on four hits.

Parsons helped the Cavaliers get the game into extra innings. Kristan Ehrman's three-run homer in the fourth gave the Indians a 3-1 lead, and Robin Johnson's RBI triple added one more in the fifth. Johnson scored on the same play after a wild relay throw for the 5-1 lead.

But then came the Spalding sixth, where Kari Thompson led off with a triple. One out later, Parsons singled her home, and Maria Drury followed with a single. Crystal Ray, who lost a homer in the second after failing to touch first, scored Parsons with a single to center.

The ball then skipped past Bobbi Tyree, scoring Drury and letting Ray go to third. Jacqui King then grounded out to score Ray and tie the game.

Spalding had the best chance to win in the extra innings. Crystal Henderson reached on a one-out infield single in the 10th, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch with Thompson up. Henderson tried to score on a Thompson fly ball to center, but Tyree threw her out at home.

The early troubles shook Spalding a little, but coach Linda Taylor never lost her confidence.

"There's so much talent on this team that anything can happen," said Taylor. "We were truly tested today. But they responded."

Taylor said doctors believe Synowski has a torn meniscus in her right knee. A magnetic resonance imaging test (MRI) this morning will reveal the extent of the damage and whether surgery is necessary. The chances of Synowski returning this season appear slim.

Synowski, a first-team All-Metro pick last year, was 5-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average and 48 strikeouts in 30 innings. She is headed to UMBC in the fall.

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