A flawless effort was needed to capture Archbishop Spalding's third Cavalier Classic yesterday at Randazzo Park.
North County had one.
The No. 3 Knights enjoyed shutout wins over No. 12 Seton Keough and No. 8 Mount de Sales to earn top honors in the strong 10-team field.
Each team played two games with best overall record the first tie-breaker and runs allowed the second.
Three other teams -- No. 2 Northeast, No. 5 Severna Park and Institute of Notre Dame -- all went 2-0 for the day, but none could match the two shutouts North County posted.
The Knights started their day with a 4-0 win over Seton Keough behind a one-hit, 11-strikeout performance from freshman Brittany Boyd. They closed it out with a 3-0 win over Mount de Sales behind the pitching of All-Metro senior Kellie Evans, who retired the last eight batters.
"We got a little look at the future and then a little look at the present," said North County coach Brian Love. "We always pride ourselves on defense and pitching, but this year we've added hitting. And timely hitting."
Amy Balonis provided the big hit in the first game against Keough, capping a four-run sixth inning with a two-run homer to left-center.
In the second win, Linda Parks' third-inning double scored Chrissy Suit to give Evans all the run production she would need.
The Institute of Notre Dame had the best day of the Baltimore teams in the tournament. The Indians opened the tournament with a 9-6 victory over Broadneck and then got a standout performance from sophomore pitcher Sarah Galloway to defeat Old Mill, 6-2.
Galloway allowed five hits and added a double and a triple to lead the IND offense.
Northeast finished a strong second and had an opportunity to win the tournament going up against host Spalding. The Eagles opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Mount de Sales and needed a shutout against the Cavaliers and four runs of their own to stay in contention for the tournament crown.
But Spalding senior Sabrina Ryals ended those hopes abruptly when she led off the game with a double and scored on a two-out single by Meghan Cowen. Northeast went on to win, 4-1, with senior pitcher Deana Benner striking out nine.
In the earlier game, Rachel Herrick and Stacy Smith combined to no-hit Mount de Sales with Benner going 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
"What a great day," said Northeast coach Marianne Shultz. "The sun was out and there was a nice little breeze. We just wanted to come out and get a couple of games in. There was a lot of good close games out here today."
Pub Date: 4/04/99