Spalding overcomes No. 4 Pallotti

Down 3, No. 11 Cavs score all runs with 2 out, 4-3

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April 18, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Down three runs after two innings yesterday, No. 11 Spalding didn't panic.

Instead, the Cavaliers relied on two-out hitting, senior Caitlin Fisher's pitching and a defensive play here and there to come away with a 4-3 win over No. 4 Pallotti at Randazzo Park.

"This was an excellent team win. This is a young team that has a great desire to win," said Spalding coach Linda Taylor. "We have a lot of respect for Pallotti. We know they're always going to bring their A game, so we know we need to bring our A-plus game."

The Cavaliers (5-2, 3-1 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference) scored all of their runs with two outs. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, catcher Leigh Carnwath singled past third base to cut Pallotti's lead to 3-2. Jackie Ludka followed with a single to center that tied the game at 3, but Pallotti center fielder Kristin Fusco threw out Carnwath at the plate to end the inning.

The game-winner came in the fourth when Brittany Lounge's two-out single with the bases loaded scored Melissa Moreau.

"I think we all know what we can do, so we all just pull together. We were down early, but we all came together to get back up," said Carnwath.

Pallotti (8-3, 6-3) had its chance in the fifth, also loading the bases with two outs. But cleanup hitter Katie Grenchik lined out sharply to second baseman Marissa Wentzler.

"Marissa saved me with a nice play, but I don't mind getting into bases-loaded situations. It makes things exciting," said Fisher. "I know I have good control and have confidence in our team's defense. No worries."

Said Pallotti coach Paul O'Brien: "That was the difference. Two outs and we're looking to get out of an inning and two runs later we're out of the inning. And then we didn't take advantage of our chances."

After the fifth-inning jam, Fisher allowed just one two-out single in the seventh before Pam Supsic grounded out to Moreau at third to end the game.

Pallotti pitcher Becky Zanelotti left the game in the sixth inning after possibly dislocating her kneecap.

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