Spalding back as `A' champ

Cavaliers use 4 runs in 2nd to top S. Keough



The Archbishop Spalding softball team has a way of making things look routine, championship games included.

The No. 2 Cavaliers scored four early runs and then let junior pitcher Stephanie Weigman and their defense do the rest in coming away with a 4-1 win over Seton Keough for a second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title yesterday at Harford Community College.

Five of the six hits the Cavaliers mustered came in the pivotal second inning - all singles after two outs.

Meghan Van Meter drove in two runs with Andrea Catucci and Lauren O'Malley bringing home the other two. Weigman didn't find any trouble until the seventh inning when the No. 8 Gators scored their only run with two outs, but the game ended when pinch runner Tierra Ellis was thrown out at the plate after an infield error.

In improving to 18-4 this season, the Cavaliers allowed only the one Keough run in three playoff wins.

"Our league gets tougher every year. We always know it's going to be a battle especially at the end," Spalding coach Nikki Trumpler said. "These kids come focused day in, day out. They're always ready to go -no letdowns is one of the things we always say.

Weigman, who struck out six and didn't allow an earned run in the three playoff wins, said the early offense helped pave the way.

"It really helps when you get the early lead because you can go out there and you don't feel as much pressure and you feel like you can just pitch your game and if they get a couple runs you have backup," she said.

After the rough second, the Gators (13-4) got a strong pitching performance from Carly Martin, who didn't allow a hit in the last four innings.

B Conference

Maryvale 3, Notre Dame Prep 2 -- Freshman pitcher Stephanie Schell threw a four-hitter and stranded the Blazers' potential tying run at third base in the top of the seventh as Maryvale defended its B crown.

C Conference

St. John's-Prospect Hall 4, Park 2 -- After upsetting two-time defending C champion Friends in the semifinals, Park fell short of its own crown. Pitcher Madison Elliot had two hits for Park.

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