Mt. de Sales, Urban stifle Seton Keough

Pitcher records 1-hitter in 11th complete game, 2-0

April 29, 1999|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

During her four years at Mount de Sales, Christy Urban has been known to be many things in softball.

Mostly, though, she's been a stopper, and yesterday Urban was stellar again as the eighth-ranked Sailors beat No. 10 Seton Keough, 2-0, in a Catholic League game at the Catonsville Senior Center.

Three days earlier, Urban's four-hitter had gone for naught in a loss to Archbishop Spalding, but she came back even stronger yesterday, allowing just one hit and retiring 15 of the last 16 batters for her 11th complete game of spring.

Urban also showed an extra zip on her pitches as she struck out eight and saw just two balls from Seton Keough reach the outfield.

"Urban is probably the most underrated pitcher in the whole state," said Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz. "She's a quality pitcher and does her job day in and day out. She wanted it."

The only threat by the Gators came in the third inning, when Urban walked lead-off batter Kim Konig, who stole second. But two strikeouts by Urban flanking a groundout ended the inning.

"All my pitches were working, and I was changing speeds," Urban said. "Every game is important now, and Seton Keough is a big rivalry for us, so we just wanted to show that we could beat them."

Seton Keough (11-4 overall, 11-2 league) came into the game as one of the league's better-hitting teams but left like many others who have faced Urban: frustrated and flat.

The Gators managed only an infield single by Heather Helferstay in the second inning and in the final five innings had just two runners.

Through three innings, the Sailors weren't doing much against Seton Keough's Kristin Dulay, but in the fourth, they put up the game's only runs.

Brittany Sutherland, who started just her second varsity game, tripled to center field and scored when Tolentino, the Gators shortstop, couldn't handle the relay throw.

Urban followed with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball, and scored on Erin Riggins' single through the right side.

"I got a good pitch to hit," said Sutherland, whose run scored ended a string of 10 scoreless innings for Mount de Sales.

"They strung their hits together, and we had some opportunities with less than two outs and just didn't get hits," said Gators assistant coach John Horner.

With the lead, Urban needed just nine pitches to get through the fifth, and Julie Bahr's putout to end the game gave Urban her second one-hitter of season.

"It felt good to get some runs," Urban said.

Pub Date: 4/29/99

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