Riley no-hits Catholic 10-0 to power No. 3 IND into final

May 13, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

IND pitcher Lisa Riley picked a good time to throw her best game of the year.

Riley struck out seven and threw her first no-hitter of the season, leading No. 3 IND to a 10-0 victory over unranked Catholic in a six-inning Catholic League tournament semifinal yesterday at Furley Park.

IND (13-3) will go for its second consecutive Catholic League tournament title next Wednesday when it meets top-ranked Spalding at McDonogh at 3:45 p.m. Spalding has beaten IND three times this season, but it lost to the Indians, 2-0, in last year's title game.

Riley breezed through the Catholic lineup, facing only two batters over the minimum. She did not walk anybody, and Catholic had one batter reach due to catcher's interference and another on an error.

"My pitches were working really well," said Riley (12-3). "Everything was coming together. I'm really excited."

Riley cleverly mixed her fastball, curveball and changeup. She also kept the ball low, and Catholic (6-8) rarely hit the ball hard.

"She's got a lot of velocity," said IND coach Sandy Altadonna. "She'll throw a changeup, and then she'll throw a rising fastball. They didn't know what to expect."

Catholic only once came close to a hit. IND third baseman Robin Johnson knocked down a shot from Val Argentino with two outs in the top of the third, and saved the no-hitter by throwing out Argentino from a sitting position on the third-base line.

The Indians, however, hit well. Jamie City (2-for-3, four RBIs), Shannon Skopp (2-for-3, one RBI) and Johnson (2-for-4, two runs, one RBI) led the way for IND.

City and Riley each had RBI singles in the first to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Johnson added another RBI single in the second, and City hit a two-run double to right-center for a 6-0 lead after two. City knocked in another run in the bottom of the sixth on a groundout that made it 10-0 and ended the game.

IND finished with only eight hits, but the Cubs made five errors, all of which led to Indian runs.

"Today our defense didn't hold up as well as it did early this week [when Catholic won twice]," said Catholic coach Buck Hofferbert.

The IND defense, meanwhile, was close to perfect. The Indians made only one error and turned in several good plays.

In addition to the Johnson stop, right fielder Becky Conley battled the gusting wind to make two good catches.

But the IND defense was not tested often because Catholic could not hit Riley.

"We were totally off," Hofferbert said. "She was just challenging the batters. We just didn't hit the ball the way we'd like to."

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