Salbego steps up with her arm

Second no-hitter of career has Towson Catholic 2-0

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April 02, 2004|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Towson Catholic pitcher Louise Salbego has the Owls' softball team off to a strong start this season, pitching a no-hitter Tuesday that lifted her team to 2-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference.

On a team that finished third in the conference last season but returns just four starters, Salbego shoulders a big load, but the senior right-hander has proven up to the task.

In Tuesday's 2-0 victory over Arlington Baptist, Salbego pitched seven innings, struck out 10 and allowed just two walks in the second no-hitter of her career.

"She's got a lot of speed and she developed a curve ball this year, which is helping a lot," said Owls coach Carroll Brown. "So far, Louise has not given up a run [this season]. The team has not given up a run. She has good defense behind her."

Salbego got help from teammate Erin Hudson in Tuesday's victory. Hudson drove in a run with a double.

Can't fit game in

The girls lacrosse game between No. 1 Notre Dame Prep and No. 3 Mount Hebron, postponed from March 26 because of illness at Mount Hebron, will not be made up. Vikings athletic officials said about 11 percent of the school's 1,600 students did not report to school that day, and seven varsity team members suffered flu-like symptoms.

"Our schedule is too packed and we just couldn't find a date," said NDP coach Mary Bartel, whose team already has 10 games scheduled between today and April 16.

Mount Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland said she had hoped to make up the game on April 17. However, that would have given the Blazers a fifth game within seven days, including three games in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference, so Bartel declined.

Two other factors made finding an acceptable date difficult. State rules allow the Vikings to play three games in a single week only twice during the season. Also, the IAAM has a short season, which ends with its tournament finale on May 8.

Familiar lineups

Today's girls lacrosse schedule features a couple of rematches of last year's championship finals: No. 1 Notre Dame Prep and No. 8 St. Mary's in the IAAM A Conference and No. 4 Broadneck and No. 6 C. Milton Wright from the state Class 4A finale.

Both games were close a year ago, and the rematches could come down to the wire.

Notre Dame Prep, which has won two of the last three A Conference titles, beat the Saints, 10-6. The Blazers ran up an 8-2 lead and held off a rally.

In the 4A state final, Broadneck came away with a 9-8 overtime win when Ali Flury, then a freshman, scored 44 seconds into overtime.

The Blazers will play host to St. Mary's at 3:45 p.m. and Broadneck and the Mustangs will face off at 5:30 as part of Anne Arundel Community College's tournament.

Taking on Landon

When Gilman's lacrosse team heads to Bethesda today, it will be looking to end a two-game losing streak against Washington-area power Landon.

Both the visiting Greyhounds (4-0) and the Bears (5-0) are unbeaten - a fact that, for Gilman coach Dave Allan, conjures up memories of their memorable clash in April 2000 when the teams boasted a combined 19-0 record and thrilled a crowd of nearly 3,000 at Gilman.

Gilman won that game, 11-10, with a six-goal third period that overcame a four-goal halftime deficit. The loss ended Landon's 28-game winning streak and cost the Bears their No. 1 national ranking.

Today, the programs meet for the sixth time since 1998, continuing a series Landon leads, 3-2. Ranked No. 2 in The Washington Post, the Bears have a habit of knocking off Baltimore's best private school teams.

"It's a game the kids look forward to," said Allan, whose No. 3 Greyhounds, anchored by All-Metro goalie Grant Zimmerman, edged Mount St. Joseph, 4-3, on Tuesday. "We haven't yet played anyone as good as Landon."

The Bears, in fact, are trying to improve to 4-0 this season against the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference - considered the nation's premier high school league.

This year's Bears have a 9-4 win over St. Mary's, along with overtime victories over Severn and St. Paul's.

Three no-hitters

Wednesday was a big day for no-hitters in Baltimore County softball - there were three of them, and two were perfect.

Owings Mills' Trish Carroll and Towson's Emmy Williams threw the perfect games and Catonsville's Amanda Fefel also tossed a no-hitter.

Carroll had 12 strikeouts in a five-inning, 20-0 win at Overlea. Williams struck out 13 in her five-inning 17-0 win over Milford Mill. Fefel, a second-team All-Metro pick last season as a freshman, contributed a triple and a home run to her 32-1 win over Dundalk.

Ashton dominates

Eastern Tech's Sam Ashton (1-1) gave up one walk and struck out 13 in an 18-0, five-inning, no-hit shutout Wednesday by the 12th-ranked Mavericks (4-1) over Baltimore County 2A-1A League rival Carver A&T.

The Mavericks' Vince Stella had a double, triple and five RBIs.

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