Spalding in IAAM `A' title game

Archbishop Spalding 1 Pallotti 0

Softball

High Schools

May 13, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Archbishop Spalding junior pitcher Stephanie Weigman scattered six hits and got the big outs when needed, sending the No. 2 Cavaliers to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference title game with a 1-0 win over visiting Pallotti yesterday at Randazzo Park.

The defending league champion Cavaliers (17-4) will take on the winner of the Seton Keough/Institute of Notre Dame matchup in today's championship game at 5:30 at Harford Community College.

With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, senior first baseman Lauren O'Malley hit a triple to deep center and right fielder Marybeth Herrick followed with a double in the same spot to drive home the game's only run.

Weigman, who finished with eight strikeouts, did the rest with flawless defense behind her. The No. 12 Lions (15-10) had the bases loaded with one out in the fifth, but Weigman struck out leadoff hitter Katie Donovan and then got Katherine Kimble to ground out to third baseman Delaney Bell to end the inning.

"You just have to zone in and throw your game [with runners in scoring position], and I always know I have good defense behind me," said Weigman, who threw a lot of rise balls mixed in with a screwball, drop and occasional fastball.

Spalding catcher Nicole Reeder was solid behind the plate, throwing out two runners in the first inning to end an early Lions threat. Pallotti second baseman Beth Ann Fusco reached base all three times with two singles and a walk.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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