Dulaney sister act gets it perfect twice

Katie and Sarah Moelter pitch back-to-back gems


High Schools

April 27, 2004|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Dulaney freshman Katie Moelter pitched a perfect game against Milford Mill Thursday, her big sister, Sarah Moelter, bragged about it to all her friends.

Then Sarah went out the next day and threw a perfect game at Dundalk.

"It was kind of cool that we got back-to-back perfect games," said Katie. "I know how hard it is to get just one."

Sarah, a sophomore, agreed their feat was rare.

"A perfect game means nobody reaches base, so even an error messes it up," she said. "My teammates really helped me, because there were some close plays, but they got the people out."

Sarah's perfect game came in a six-inning, 12-0 win over Dundalk and Katie's in a five-inning, 18-0 win over Milford Mill.

In their first season on varsity, the sisters, who have been pitching since they were 11 or 12 years old, stepped in after the Lions graduated two pitchers from a 2003 state Class 4A semifinalist team.

"They are very similar pitchers," said Dulaney softball coach Lori Ryan. "Their dad taught them to pitch, and he spends a lot of time with them. One thing that stands out in my mind is that very rarely do you see a wild pitch from either one."

Katie (4-0) has an ERA of 0.70 with 27 strikeouts in 20 innings. Sarah (3-2) has a 1.53 ERA and has struck out 29 batters in 32 innings. Their efforts have helped No. 11 Dulaney to a 7-2 overall record. In Baltimore County's 4A/3A Division, the Lions are 6-1, having lost only to No. 8 Catonsville, the defending county champ.

'Stangs have sting

Mervo boys lacrosse coach Martin Church knew he had a decent returning team, one he figured could compete in either of Baltimore City's A or B divisions.

But because it finished in last place in the B Division a year ago, the Mustangs had to drop into the C Conference.

Too bad for their opponents.

The Mustangs take a 7-1 overall record (6-0 in the league) into today's game against conference rival W.E.B. DuBois. Their balanced attack is led by attackmen Adrian Belmon (19 goals, eight assists), Quiries Davenport (12, seven) and Sedrick Webster (12, six).

Midfielders Justin Holman and Kevin Hazel have combined for 17 goals and 11 assists. The Mustangs return three defenders - Michael McIver, Barry France and Wayne Toney - who play in front of freshman goalie Michael Mudd.

The Mustangs' only loss was to Carver of the B Division, 6-5.

Quakers on a roll

Friends girls lacrosse coach Sallie Neal doesn't have to go to great lengths to motivate her team. The Quakers only have to think about last season's 9-7 overtime loss to Archbishop Spalding in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship.

The Quakers cannot forget a call with 1:55 left in that game, when the officials disallowed a goal that would have tied the game, claiming Friends was offsides. Neal insisted that one of the celebrating Quakers had run over the line after the goal was scored.

Spalding retained its 7-6 lead, but Kristin Schwab tied it with four seconds left. The Quakers said that should have been the game-winner.

"That kind of play at the end, it hangs over you," said Neal.

It showed as the Quakers beat Spalding twice this season, 8-7 on Brooke Matthews' game-winning goal, and 11-9 with four Alice Fadiora goals.

The Quakers are 10-0 in the B Conference and likely will have the top-seeded spot when the tournament begins next week. Overall, the Quakers are 13-1, having lost only to defending A Conference champion Notre Dame Prep.

"We only lost one senior, so most of this team was in the championship last year," said defender Abby Seiler. "Part of our motivation is that we want to make up for last season. We don't want it to come down to something as little as that [offsides call]. We want to keep the outcome in our own hands."

Schwab leads the Quakers with 38 goals and 25 assists, followed by Matthews (28, 11) and Sarah Bancroft (30, 6).

Defensively, Sarah Ritter leads a unit that includes Jill Fritze, Seiler and Alanah Webb. Goalie Caitlin Garman has a .630 save percentage.

Foresters forfeit

Forest Park, one of the city's richest boys lacrosse traditions, has had to drop its program for the season and will forfeit the remainder of its games due to a lack of numbers.

Athletic director Obie Barnes said only eight players were in uniform for last Wednesday's game against Patterson, which the Foresters lost by forfeit. They were 0-7 at the time.

Barnes, 55, posted a 203-78-6 record and won seven titles (two Baltimore City, two Maryland Scholastic Association B and three MSA C) in 25 seasons before turning the program over in 2001 to Robert Britt, a 1985 Forest Park graduate who played for Barnes.

"To not have lacrosse at Forest Park is unheard of," Barnes said. "It's devastating."

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