Spalding nails McDonogh, 14-0

May 13, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Was there any reason to believe this one would be close?

McDonogh coach Mickey Deegan hoped so. Her team had lost badly to Archbishop Spalding twice during the regular season, but the Eagles were getting a third chance yesterday in the Catholic League semifinals.

Anything could happen.

Including the same degree of failure.

The top-seeded and top-ranked Cavaliers (17-0) erupted for 10 runs in the third inning and never were threatened in defeating No. 4 seed McDonogh, 14-0, at Randazzo Park. The game was stopped in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.

Senior Kari Thompson led a 16-hit attack with two singles, a home run and three RBIs. Maria Drury, Crystal Henderson, Carrie Parsons, Crystal Ray and Dana Fidazzo each had two hits. Henderson and Ray each knocked in two runs.

The Cavaliers even pulled off a 2-3-2-6 triple play in the fourth, squelching McDonogh's only rally.

Last month, the Cavaliers cruised to 8-0 and 18-2 victories over the Eagles. This had left coach Linda Taylor wondering what needed to be said to keep her players from looking ahead to Wednesday's final against IND, which upset the Cavaliers in last year's championship game.

"I told them to take it one game at a time," said Taylor, whose team has defeated IND three times this year: 3-1, 10-2 and 6-5 in 11 innings. "They know what they have to do out there and how to mentally prepare themselves."

They also knew that patience was needed against McDonogh pitcher Theresa Zile, who doesn't use the windmill style common in Anne Arundel County and in the Catholic League. With the ball coming at a slower speed, some of the Cavaliers were swinging early.

That didn't last. After pushing across single runs in the first and second innings, Spalding collected eight hits in the third to break the game open. McDonogh also committed four of its eight errors in the inning.

"We've been practicing on a machine slow so we could get used to it," said Thompson, whose two-run homer extended Spalding's lead to 9-0. "There's a big difference between that and IND."

Parsons (8-0) allowed only two hits -- singles to Allaina Lawson in the third and Lauren Mishner in the fourth. She walked two and struck out eight.

Before the season, Taylor said this could be Spalding's best team ever, and the Cavaliers haven't done anything to change her mind.

"They're fundamentally sound, both offensively and defensively," she said.

Any chance the Cavaliers could be overconfident for Wednesday's game, which will be played at McDonogh?

"I always remind them of last year," Taylor said, "and I'm embedding a quote in their brain -- the strength that comes with confidence can be quickly lost in conceit. We live by that quote."

* Institute of Notre Dame 10, Catholic 0: IND pitcher Lisa Riley struck out seven and threw her first no-hitter of the season, leading No. 3 IND to victory over unranked Catholic in the other Catholic League tournament semifinal yesterday at Furley Park.

IND (13-3) will go for its second consecutive Catholic League tournament title Wednesday. Spalding has beaten IND three times this season, but lost to the Indians, 2-0, in last year's title game.

* Glen Burnie 3, Old Mill 0: Glen Burnie clinched the No. 3 seeding in next week's Class 4A East Region playoffs by downing host Old Mill. The loss eliminated the Patriots from playoff contention.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Denise Warren (.459) doubled and later came home on a suicide squeeze by Samantha Miller. Miller then scored on a double by Sherri Ord.

The Gophers (14-4), who missed the playoffs the last two years, added an insurance run in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Alison Meyerer singled, advanced on an infield hit by Coral Brandenburg and scored on an error.

Old Mill put runners on first and second with two outs in the seventh inning, but Miller (7-2) escaped the jam for her fourth shutout. She allowed four hits and struck out five.

Glen Burnie will travel to Northern-Calvert for Thursday's semifinals.

"This team has played so hard and so good," said coach Bob Broccolino. "The last two years, we've felt kind of robbed. This is tremendously satisfying."

Yesterday's outcome also assured Severna Park of the fourth seeding and a game at Chesapeake next week.

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