J. Carroll rallies past Keough, 6-3

Pats climb out of 3-0 hole

Pyzik shuts down Gators

Softball

High School

April 26, 2001|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

After a jittery start spotted Seton Keough three early runs, visiting John Carroll's offense and pitching came together at about the same time yesterday.

After the Patriots' bats went to work with three runs to tie in the third, so did senior pitcher Maggie Pyzik, who threw no-hit ball from that point on.

Three more runs in the sixth inning -- a two-out, two-run single by Catherine Fortunato was the key hit -- put John Carroll over the top for a 6-3 win over the Gators.

It was the sixth straight win for the Patriots, who are 10-5 overall and 7-5 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference.

Seton Keough, coming off a 5-4 win over Mount de Sales that lasted 11 innings Tuesday, fell to 4-6 overall and in conference play.

The sixth inning has brought good fortune to John Carroll when playing the Gators this year. In the season opener, the Patriots scored twice in the frame for a 6-5 win.

Yesterday, with the game tied and runners on second and third, Fortunato went up the middle just out of the reach of Gators second baseman Meghan Polek to drive in the game-winner and an insurance run. Kristin Jasper followed with a run-scoring single to make it 6-3. It was plenty of support for Pyzik, who got the Gators in order in the seventh, retired 16 of the last 17 Seton Keough batters and finished with a two-hitter.

"After the two rough innings, then we started hitting and once we got our runs in, my confidence definitely got a boost," Pyzik said.

Fortunato went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, two runs and two RBIs to lead John Carroll's 10-hit attack. Jasper had two singles, two RBIs and scored the tying run in the third.

The Gators, who defeated Mercy on Monday before Tuesday's marathon against Mount de Sales, didn't quite have enough to pull the trifecta yesterday.

A single by Polek, two walks and two John Carroll errors gave the Gators a 2-0 lead after one. They extended it to 3-0 when catcher Dany Goode, who went 5-for-6 as the hero in Tuesday's win, hit a run-scoring double to the gap in right-center in the second inning.

The rest of the afternoon would belong to Pyzik and the Patriots, however.

"It seemed like when [John Carroll] started hitting a little, we just couldn't emotionally bring ourselves back into it," said Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell. "We didn't make contact like we should have and [Pyzik] had a lot to do with it -- she was hitting her spots well."

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