No. 5 Mt. de Sales spills another No. 1 in N. County

Taylor's 13 strikeouts deal Knights 4-2 setback

Softball

April 05, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The label "giant killer" is beginning to fit the Mount de Sales softball team just fine.

For the second time in as many weeks, the Sailors took out the metro area's No. 1 program, knocking off top-ranked North County, 4-2, at the Catonsville Senior Center yesterday.

Ranked fifth in the area, Mount de Sales rode the 13-strikeout, two-hit performance of sophomore pitcher Jessica Taylor and four Knights error in the sixth inning to improve to 6-1.

"We knew we had it in us," senior catcher Erin Riggins said of the Sailors' run of upsets, which includes a 1-0 victory over Archbishop Spalding last Wednesday that stopped the Cavaliers' 36-game winning streak. "We had a lot of new girls who are pretty good."

Good wasn't an accurate adjective to describe Taylor's performance. The right-hander, who improved to 2-1, outdueled North County's All-Metro junior pitcher Brittany Boyd (3-1) by twice striking out five straight Knights.

"It was the rise ball," Taylor said of the pitch that befuddled North County. "It's always the high pitch that gets them."

Knights coach Bobby Boyd agreed, adding, "She set it up well. Her screwball was working well today. ... The kids weren't disciplined enough to lay off."

North County - which suffered its first loss and is 5-1 - was two innings away from remaining undefeated after clawing out runs in the first and six innings.

Trailing 2-0, Mount de Sales opened the bottom of the sixth with a bunt single from senior shortstop Brittany Malarkey.

Consecutive errors by Boyd and sophomore shortstop Shannon Conwell loaded the bases for the Sailors. A Boyd wild pitch scored Malarkey, and Taylor drew a walk to load the bases again.

Sophomore third baseman Meghan Bahr clubbed an infield single off Boyd's glove to score junior first baseman Cynthia Clark.

Another Boyd wild pitch allowed Riggins to score from third base, and Taylor's courtesy runner, freshman Nicole Holtman, crossed the plate on a fielder's choice.

Although Mount de Sales finished with just four hits against Boyd - who struck out seven Sailors - coach Pete Waskiewicz said he was more than content with the outcome.

"We put the ball in play, and things happened," Waskiewicz said. "You can't ask for more than that."

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