Pallotti's Zanelotti no-hits No. 4 IND


High Schools

April 21, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

LAUREL - Pallotti pitcher Becky Zanelotti saved her most dominating performance for a most worthy opponent.

Zanelotti registered her first no-hitter of the season as the fifth-ranked and host Panthers blanked No. 4 Institute of Notre Dame, 1-0, at Fairland Regional Park yesterday.

Pallotti improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference. The Indians (10-2, 5-1) lost sole possession of first place in the league.

Zanelotti, a senior, faced just two batters more than the minimum 21 and struck out four as she made good on a pre-game chat she had with catcher Christina Smith.

"We were saying that it would be cool if I got a no-hitter today," said Zanelotti (7-2). "I don't expect anything. I just go out and try my hardest."

Zanelotti outdueled Indians freshman Colleen Matthes (10-2), who struck out eight and scattered four hits.

But the fourth hit proved to be the game-winner. With Christina Smith on first base and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, freshman Kelly Smith singled to center field.

IND center fielder Lindsay Lowder, however, misplayed the ball, and Christina Smith raced home.

Lowder nearly made amends as she opened the top of the seventh by reaching first on an error.

After a fielder's choice moved her to second, Kim Proctor smacked a grounder to Kelly Smith at shortstop.

Lowder appeared to run around Smith, who briefly bobbled the ball and could not catch Proctor at first. But an umpire ruled that Lowder was out because she had interfered with Smith's ability to field the ball.

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