Spalding, Gators get to tourney title game

Champ de Sales, IND fall by 4-2 scores

May 13, 1999|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Two days after she celebrated her 17th birthday, Seton Keough's Kristin Dulay helped provide more cause for celebration yesterday.

The junior right-hander gave up two runs in the first inning but held No. 10 Mount de Sales scoreless for the next nine, as the Gators ousted the defending champs from the Catholic League tournament, 4-2, in 10 innings.

Dulay struck out nine for the Gators against the fifth-ranked Sailors in the semifinal at Catonsville Community Center.

Freshman catcher Daniel Goode drove in the game-winning run with an infield single, her third hit and second RBI, and Dulay helped her cause by singling in another run.

"No better time than this week to win," said a grinning Dulay, who out-dueled Sailors pitching ace Christy Urban. "This feels great."

Seton Keough coach Chris Ashby, who endured heckling from one fan, praised his pitcher.

"I can't say enough about her," Ashby said. "Kristin is the only reason why we're here. Sure, we have a great defense, but Kristin pitches every day for us."

With the win, the Gators improved to 14-5 and avenged a regular-season sweep by Mount de Sales (15-6). Seton Keough and Archbishop Spalding -- a 4-2 winner in yesterday's other semifinal -- will play for the title at 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Towson University.

The Sailors struck in the bottom of the first. First baseman Cynthia Clark led off with a walk, and center fielder Kerry Poisal advanced her to third with a single to right.

After Poisal stole second base and senior shortstop Julie Bahr struck out, freshman left fielder Brittany Sutherland's infield hit drove in Clark. Then senior pitcher Christy Urban scored Poisal with a deep fly to left, giving the Sailors a 2-0 lead.

Seton Keough halved that in the fourth, when Goode, who had singled, stole second and gotten to third on a wild pitch, scored as Sailors second baseman Catherine Smith bobbled third baseman Kate Barbee's sharp grounder.

The Gators tied the game in the sixth, when junior second baseman Christina Thompson laced a single to left field, stole second, and got to third on designated hitter Meghan Polek's single.

Goode then singled to right, scoring Thompson easily.

With one out in the 10th, Seton Keough sophomore center fielder Shanon Smith scratched a hit off Urban's glove and advanced on Thompson's bunt single. Both advanced on a double steal.

After Polek popped out, Goode drove in Smith with a grounder that Bahr couldn't throw to first base in time. Dulay followed with a single to left that drove in Thompson.

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