Catholic delivers no-hitter, but IND receives a 1-0 win

Errors undo Tiesi's effort in IAAM `A' semifinal


High Schools

May 11, 2002|By Cara Gitlin | Cara Gitlin,SUN STAFF

Catholic and the Institute of Notre Dame managed only one hit between them in their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference softball semifinal yesterday at Patterson Park - and it was by the losing team.

Catholic's Kelley Tiesi threw a no-hitter, but IND scratched out a 1-0 victory.

IND (19-5) advanced to play Archbishop Spalding, which beat John Carroll, 7-1, in the final at 3 p.m. today at Towson University.

Ashley Dennis started the sixth inning for IND when she struck out swinging, but ran after a dropped third strike. Catcher Christina Rzepecki's throw to first sailed into right field, and Dennis went to second.

Stacey Pokrywka then bunted, which was fielded by third baseman Laura Dantoni. But, Dantoni's throw to first was off the mark as well and allowed Dennis to score.

"I was looking first to get a base runner," said IND coach Greg Ehrman. "We just executed our game plan."

It looked as if IND, one of the tournament's two No. 1 seeds, might score more after Tiesi hit the next batter to put runners on first and second. But the next three batters each grounded out.

Tiesi, who has three no-hitters, had been perfect through the first five innings, striking out seven. The senior struck out the side on 11 pitches in the third inning.

"I've actually seen her with better stuff than she had today, but she's a smart pitcher," said Catholic coach Len Tiesi, whose team fell to 7-9. "She knows how to get hitters to hit her pitch."

Said Ehrman: "She's the class of the league. Unfortunately, somebody had to lose today."

IND pitcher Ashley Gray nearly threw a no-hitter of her own, giving up only Megan McAuliffe's single in the fourth. Gray struck out nine and walked one. She needed only three pitches in the fifth inning - all groundouts to second.

"It felt really good," Gray said of the crucial victory, also her 10th career shutout.

No. 2 Archbishop Spalding 7, John Carroll 1: Junior Keri Lounge was 2-for-3, including a two-run home run, to lead the Cavaliers (14-6) at Randazzo Park.

Spalding catcher Kristen Marll was 2-for-4 with a double and ended the game by picking off a runner at first base. The Cavaliers' first our hitters were 8-for-13 with seven RBIs.

"The top of our lineup really produced," said Spalding coach Linda Taylor. "They were on top of everything."

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