Arundel batters Severna Park, 6-2

No. 3 Wildcats pound out nine hits, four doubles

April 27, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The manufactured run and thetight, low-scoring game were given the afternoon off yesterday in Gambrills.

Host Arundel, last week's top-ranked team in the metro area now at No. 3, handed new-No. 1 Severna Park a 6-2 setback behind a nine-hit attack that featured four doubles.

Sophomore shortstop Alexis Viera led the way offensively, going 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI as the Wildcats (12-2) avenged an earlier 3-1 loss to the Falcons (11-3).

After a two-run second inning highlighted by senior catcher Bre Kitchen's run-scoring double to deep center, the Wildcats followed with a three-run third to take a 5-1 lead.

Viera, Sara Polger and Emily Walther all had doubles -- each deep liners to center -- in the pivotal inning off Amanda Donaldson, Severna Park's senior standout pitcher.

"Amanda throws very well. Usually, it's one, two or three hits and that's our quota," said Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi. "I looked in the second inning and we already had our three hits, so I thought we used them all up, but they kept coming. It was one of those days."

Severna Park coach Jeff Shepherd found consolation in the loss, as he watched his Falcons pound of nine hits of their own, not quitting until the last out as they loaded the bases in the seventh before Arundel pitcher Soraya Grace got Lauren Huber to ground into a game-ending double play.

"We can go away knowing we hit the ball well against a good team and that's important this time of the season," Shepherd said. "We stranded a lot of runners today and I take a lot of the heat costing us a couple of runs on the bases."

The Arundel defense was either sparkling or erratic most of the afternoon, but five errors only cost the Wildcats one run with Grace seemingly always able to get the final out when needed. Viera had a strong defensive effort at short with senior second baseman Valerie McDowell making a nice play at second to start the sixth.

The bases-loaded, game-ending double play -- a come-backer to Grace who threw home to Kitchen, who then went to first -- was turned very well.

Walther singled, doubled, scored two runs and drove in another for the Wildcats.

Lauren Pollock had three singles and a run scored for the Falcons, who also got three singles and a run scored from Meredith McAlister.

No. 4 Spalding 1, No. 8 Mount de Sales 0

The Spalding Cavaliers are maturing. Yesterday's game against Mount de Sales was proof of that.

The Cavaliers replaced last season's veteran group with a youthful cast that includes five freshmen this season, and several chipped in to steer visiting Spalding (13-3, 10-1) to a Catholic League victory at the Catonsville Senior Center.

Most impressive was the way freshman pitcher Jessica Saunders plowed through the Sailors' lineup. She allowed only one hit and struck out 12 in recording her fourth win of the season.

Moreover, Saunders has thrown 31 consecutive scoreless innings and showed she can be the marquee player the Cavaliers need with Sabrina Ryals sidelined with a strained knee.

"There's so many good things about Jessica and you learn more about her every day," said Spalding coach Linda Taylor. "She just bears down and does her job and we have a lot of confidence in her."

Saunders retired the first 10 batters -- at one time striking out seven of eight Sailors -- and she carried a perfect game into the fourth before a one-out walk to pitcher Christy Urban. Mount de Sales' only hit was Brittany Sutherland's single in the fifth.

"I just tried to do the best that I could and hoped for the best," said Saunders, who needed only 81 pitches for her third complete-game victory. "I didn't have my changeup but I stuck with it. I'm feeling pretty good about my effort."

"We just didn't put the ball in play and their pitcher deserved to win when you strike out that many batters," said Sailors coach Pete Waskiewicz.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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