No. 5 IND rallies past No. 4 Pallotti

Indians give up 4 in 1st, but fight back to win, 5-4


High Schools

March 31, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Nothing seems to faze the No. 5 Institute of Notre Dame softball team these days.

Not giving up four runs in the top of the first inning like it did yesterday against visiting Pallotti. Or leaving the bases loaded in the bottom half of that inning. Or seeing the No. 4 Panthers have the tying run on third base in the last three innings.

The Indians have simply kept their heads up and plugged away this early season and good things continue to happen.

Yesterday, they put together four straight singles in the midst of a four-run rally in the fourth inning and freshman pitcher Colleen Matthes took care of the rest for a 5-4 comeback win in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game at Patterson Park.

IND improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, while the Panthers fell to 3-2 and lost for the first time in league play after three wins.

For the Indians, falling behind early and then coming back has become common in the opening weeks of the season. They opened the season with a 6-5 win over No. 13 Spalding in a game they trailed 5-0.

"We're just fighting through things - I haven't seen us this together as a team since I've been here. We all just want to win," said senior catcher Kim Proctor, a four-year starter. "We just feel something good will happen and we know we've come back before."

Trailing 4-1 with one out in the fourth, Amanda Ward was hit by a pitch and then leadoff hitter Courtney O'Hara reached on an infield error.

That was the spark the Indians needed and they made the most of the opportunity with consecutive singles from Lindsay Lowder, Jess Vetock, Proctor - a liner to right that drove home two - and Matthes, who provided the 5-4 lead that stuck. The Indians pounded out eight hits in all and Matthes got the outs when needed to pitch shutout ball after the four-run first.

"It's making me old fast," said IND coach Greg Ehrman. "We kind of dug ourselves a hole early, but were able to find our way out and get it done."

"Frustrating," is how Pallotti coach Paul O'Brien described the Panthers' first league loss.

"IND is not a team you expect to quit and I think it speaks volumes to the level of play in our league this year," said O'Brien. "Several times we had batters up that you expect to come through - times where we only needed to put the ball in play but couldn't. It's a lesson learned - you can't let down for a second."

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