Spalding gets revenge on McDonogh, 11-0

Cavaliers win 5th in row in rematch of 2001 final

Softball

April 12, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

On paper, the McDonogh softball team's home game against Archbishop Spalding - a rematch of last season's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship final - appeared to have the makings of a dramatic nailbiter.

On the field, however, it was a different story as top-ranked Spalding blitzed the No. 7 Eagles, 11-0, in a six-inning game shortened by the 10-run mercy rule in Owings Mills yesterday.

With the victory, the Cavaliers (8-1 overall and 6-0 in the IAAM) extended their winning streak to five and earned a measure of revenge against McDonogh, which won the IAAM crown by a 2-0 score.

Of course, the Eagles squad of this year is drastically different without All-Metro pitcher Mia Zappacosta (personal reasons) on the mound - an absence Spalding players were quite aware of.

"We knew they lost their pitcher," said senior Jessica Saunders. "But we didn't take them lightly. We knew we had to hit the ball, and that's what we did."

Eagles sophomore pitcher Medley McGuire (2-2) absorbed the loss.

Saunders improved to 4-1 after striking out four of the six batters she faced in two innings. She was pulled in the third, and junior Caitlin Fisher was one McDonogh single away from completing Spalding's second no-hitter of the season.

Fisher, who earned the save in her first acton since injuring her ankle three weeks ago, gave up a two-out single to Eagles sophomore Dani Woods in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Cavaliers were led at the plate by sophomores Marissa Wentzler (2-for-2, a walk, hit by a pitch, two RBIs and two runs scored) and Jen Nescio (2-for-3, one walk, two RBIs and one run scored).

By defeating McDonogh, Spalding and Pallotti remained as the only teams in the IAAM A Conference with unblemished records.

On the flip side, the Eagles suffered their first loss in the IAAM and fell to 4-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

Coach Bridget Collins was befuddled by her team's lack of intensity on the field.

"I felt like our heads weren't into it," she said. "We made some physical errors and some mental errors today. ... We have to step it up to be contenders."

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