No. 1 Spalding solid in sweep

Cavs top No. 2 Northeast, No. 6 Sev. Park in softball

Calvert Hall wins in golf

High School

Roundup

April 25, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding protected its No. 1 ranking, undefeated record and home turf with a solid afternoon of softball in yesterday's Cavalier Classic at Randazzo Park.

After opening with a 6-1 win over No. 6 Severna Park, the Cavaliers saved their best for later, covering all bases with a 4-2 victory over No. 2-ranked Northeast to capture the round-robin tournament with a 2-0 mark.

In the much-anticipated showdown against Northeast, the Cavaliers (12-0) got a dominating performance from sophomore pitcher Jessica Saunders, who took a no-hit shutout into the seventh; a hard-hitting, three-run sixth inning and a flawless defensive effort that had some of its own highlights.

"It was a complete team effort I'm very pleased with," said Spalding coach Linda Taylor. "We struggled a little bit in the Severna Park game, and that may have been from being off so much with the rain. But we were able to get all the little kinks out for the big game [against Northeast]. Everyone contributed."

Saunders faced the minimum through six innings, only allowing a third-inning walk to Karen Kotofski, who was later picked off by catcher Missy Gunther.

After scratching across an unearned run in the third, the Cavaliers broke open the game with three runs in the sixth.

The tournament, originally slated for Saturday, had an incomplete field with Seton Keough bowing out on Sunday and No. 5 North County only able to participate in one game to meet its week's maximum.

With a 9-8 win over No. 3 Chesapeake, the Knights made the most of their one game allowed. They scored four times in the top of the seventh with senior Linda Parks getting a game-winning double to score two.

Golf

jv0 St. Paul's and Calvert Hall, two undefeated Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Division golf teams, went down to the final foursome's final hole in yesterday's match. And for the first time since the 1998 season, Collins and St. Paul's walked away with a loss.

Calvert Hall junior Justin Woodward's clutch par on the 339-yard par-4 18th clinched the match for the Cardinals, 11 1/2 to 9 1/2, at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson.

"We were looking forward to this match all year," said Calvert Hall senior and No. 2 golfer Greg Talbot, who picked up three points for the Cardinals by shooting even par. "It's all we've been thinking about for the last two weeks."

Calvert Hall's victory ended the Crusaders' streak of 25 matches without a loss, including all of last season.

Contributing writer Jake Schaller provided information for this article.

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