IND upends Spalding on walk-off 2-run single

Matthes' hit completes 6-5 rally from 5-0 hole

Softball

High schools

March 24, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The combination of youthful teams and the early season led to unpredictability in yesterday's softball game between No. 14 Archbishop Spalding and No. 8 Institute of Notre Dame at Patterson Park.

The who-knows-what-may-happen-next game came down to the last at-bat, and it was IND freshman pitcher Colleen Matthes at the plate.

Her sharp single in the gap between right and center field drove in two runs to lead the host Indians to a 6-5 comeback win over the Cavaliers in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference opener.

The Indians (1-0) scored three runs in the fifth inning and three in the seventh to overcome an early 5-0 deficit, getting the two-out hit from Matthes after she settled down on the mound.

"I was really nervous in the beginning, but in the end, we did well," said Matthes. "We just all came together in the end, which helped. I think I hit an outside fastball - I just wanted to hit the ball and I was real happy."

The Cavaliers (1-1) couldn't have asked for a better start. After leadoff hitter Sloane Van Meter walked and Marissa Wentzler reached on an infield error, freshman Nicole Reeder launched a line-drive homer to center for a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

They added single unearned runs in the second and third innings to go up 5-0 with freshman pitcher Stephanie Weigman seemingly in control.

But a couple of walks, an error, an RBI single by Jess Vetock and a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth plated three runs for the Indians, who completed their comeback in the seventh inning.

A walk, another error and a wild pitch helped cut the lead to 5-4 before Matthes' clutch single.

"The last two or three years we had a very experienced team always coming back, so it's been a lot more going back to the basics," said IND coach Greg Ehrman. "We just have to get some game experience and settle down and play."

Matthes retired 12 of the last 13 Cavaliers batters to come back for the win. Senior center fielder Lindsay Lowder got on base three times, including a seventh-inning single, and scored two runs.

"It's discouraging. I guess that comes from having a young team and we're certainly going to learn from it," said Spalding coach Linda Taylor.

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