No-hitter for Cowen gets title for Spalding

No. 1 Cavaliers dominate Pallotti, 11-0, to capture fifth straight tournament

Private schools state softball

High Schools

May 22, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LARGO -- Archbishop Spalding senior pitcher Meghan Cowen said she was surprised when she was named a co-Most Valuable Player of the Maryland State Private School Softball Tournament championship game.

Nobody else could have been.

Cowen threw a no-hitter, facing just one batter over the minimum, to lead the No. 1 Cavaliers to an 11-0 victory over Pallotti of Prince George's County yesterday afternoon at Prince George's County Community College for its fifth consecutive title.

"That was only the defensive part of the game," Cowen said. "You also need to have an offensive part. I was hitting, but I also hit right to them. And a lot of our bats were amazing, all around. Our whole team contributed."

Cowen struck out three, walked one and registered six defensive assists. Batting leadoff, she went 1-for-4 but had plenty of offensive help.

Cleanup hitter Keri Lounge, also named co-MVP, went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Senior Christine Sheridan went 5-for-5 with a triple and four runs scored.

The margin of victory was surprising, considering Pallotti (19-4) defeated Spalding last month, 1-0. But in the tournament, the Cavaliers (18-6) continued their domination: Spalding and Pallotti have played for the title in each of the tournament's five years. Each time, Spalding has won.

"It was like night and day compared to when we played them the first time," Cowen said. "Everyone on the team wanted this game this time. And we were out to get it. ... Our bats were there, our defense was there and we were solid all around. Nothing was stopping us today."

Spalding scored twice in the first, third and fourth innings, before slamming the door with a four-run sixth. Rachel Linonis and Missy Gunther each went 3-for-3 as the Cavaliers finished with 20 hits.

"We had more drive than we did last year," Lounge said. "We came out here knowing that we had to defend our title."

S 202 204 1 -- 11 20 0

P 000 000 0 -- 0 0 3

Cowen and Marll; Welch and Smith. 2B: S--Lounge 2, Marll. 3B: S--Lounge, Sheridan.

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