Matthes pitches no-hitter for IND

She blanks Spalding, 1-0, as second-seeded Indians move to conference final

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May 14, 2004|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

Facing Archbishop Spalding less than a month after the Cavaliers handed her the worst defeat of her career, Institute of Notre Dame's Colleen Matthes turned in what she called her best performance of the season, no-hitting No. 10 Spalding at Patterson Park to give the No. 9 Indians a 1-0 win and a spot in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference final.

Matthes struck out seven and retired 20 of the 22 batters she faced, burying memories of last month's 7-2 loss to Spalding (13-6) at Randazzo Park and helping the second-seeded Indians (19-4) beat the third-seeded Cavaliers in the conference tournament for the first time since 1993.

The semifinal win sets up a meeting with Mount de Sales in tomorrow's final at Arlington Baptist. IND swept the season series from the Sailors, 2-0.

"Today as a team, we all really, really wanted it," said Matthes, a freshman who has three no-hitters and 10 shutouts this season. "I could tell that nobody wanted to give up this game. We all knew we were going to the championship."

IND center fielder Lindsay Lowder secured the win in the bottom of the sixth, scoring on a double by catcher Kim Proctor after reaching on a bunt single and stealing second.

Proctor was 0-for-2 with a strikeout from the cleanup spot before the double, but she grounded a 2-1 offering from Stephanie Weigman down the left-field line to score Lowder.

"I was just hoping she'd pitch me another strike," Proctor said. "That's all that I wanted. My swing was on all day, but I was just a little bit anxious, so the last at-bat, I just wanted to get another good swing in."

That the game-winner didn't come until the sixth inning was due in large part to Spalding's defense, which twice froze IND threats with the go-ahead run at third base. In the first, the Indians had leadoff hitter Courtney O'Hara on third with no outs only to see Spalding second baseman Marissa Wentzler throw her out at home on a slow roller from Proctor.

In the fifth, Weigman gave up a one-out single to Ashley French, but stranded her at third by retiring Ann Marie Krainak and Amanda Ward. The Cavs stemmed a would-be threat in the second when right fielder Marybeth Herrick made a putout, then threw behind French at first for an inning-ending double play.

"We played a great game defensively, but for some reason we just couldn't get our bats going today," Spalding coach Linda Taylor said. "Give all the credit in the world to their pitcher. She threw a great game."

Mount de Sales 2, No. 5 Pallotti 0: In the other A Conference semifinal, Amber Criss threw a six-hit shutout to propel the visiting Sailors past the top-seeded Panthers and into the championship.

Shannon Thornton drove in the first run with a single in the fourth inning. The No. 4 seed Sailors (11-8) added an insurance run on a passed ball in the sixth.

No-hitter

Franklin 19, Milford Mill 0: Right-hander Lauren Dick (6-2) pitched five innings, gave up five walks and struck out six in her first no-hitter in a Class 3A North regional at Franklin.

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