Spalding opens, shuts down IND

In rematch of last year's IAAM A Conference title game, Cavs trump Indians again, 4-0

Spalding 4 IND 0

High Schools

Softball

March 24, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

An early swing from senior first baseman Lauren O'Malley was all junior pitcher Stephanie Weigman needed for top-ranked Archbishop Spalding yesterday against Institute of Notre Dame in softball.

O'Malley hit a three-run homer to deep right in the first inning, more than enough for the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference champ Cavaliers with Weigman striking out 13 in a 4-0 shutout of the No. 4 Indians in a rematch of last year's title game.

The Cavaliers, whose season opener at John Carroll was postponed earlier in the week because of the cold weather, had to battle first-game jitters against their closest rivals. O'Malley's first-inning hit was a welcome start to the season.

"Coming out and getting some early runs in a big game like this was really big for us. It helped us get over the nerves and just let us go out and do our jobs," said O'Malley, a first-team All-Metro selection last season.

Weigman allowed three hits in getting the win, working her way out of a couple of jams, with the Indians (1-1) stranding seven runners.

Indians second baseman Amanda Ward led off the second inning with a triple, but Weigman struck out the side to end the threat. An inning later, Ward was at the plate again, this time with the bases loaded and two outs, but Weigman got her to chase a high fastball to end the inning.

"We talked about trying to jump on them early and let them play catch-up. With the weather being cold and this being our first game, you just don't know what to expect. But the girls were able to stay focused throughout," Spalding coach Nicki Trumpler said.

"Stephanie did a great job. It doesn't really matter if we get an early lead or not for her. She's really driven and pitches every inning like everything is on the line."

Discipline at the plate and a lack of timely hitting were the primary concerns for the Indians, who are working in some new players at key positions.

"The best thing we can take from this is we didn't get rattled to the point where things unraveled. We had chances to get back in the game, but the big hit didn't come," IND coach Greg Ehrman said.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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