No. 1 Spalding falls to Mt. de Sales, bringing end to 37-game win streak

Softball

High School

March 28, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Eighth-ranked Mount de Sales halted host Archbishop Spalding's run of 37 straight victories and shocked the No. 1 program in the metropolitan area, 1-0, yesterday at Randazzo Park in Severn.

The victory helped the Sailors improve to 3-1 overall and in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference and touched off a wild celebration.

"I can't control myself," said sophomore pitcher Jessica Taylor, who earned the win. "I want to cry. I'm just so excited."

On the other side of the diamond, the disappointment was etched across the faces of several Archbishop Spalding players.

"I don't know if words can explain how I feel," said junior pitcher Meg Cowen. "An undefeated record meant a lot. It's really hard to realize that we don't have that right now."

The Cavaliers (3-1 overall, 2-1 in the conference) had runners on third base in the second, third, fourth, and sixth innings, but couldn't push a single run across the plate.

And while Cowen struck out 11 Mount de Sales batters, she was outdueled by Taylor, who struck out eight and found a way to escape jams. Taylor also contributed the game's only RBI, a run-scoring groundout in the fourth.

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