Spalding pitching holds off Mt. St. Joe

Severn girls topple No. 2 St. Paul's in OT

Spring sports

March 23, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Archbishop Spalding has one of the deepest, if not the deepest, pitching staffs in the Baltimore metro area, and it showed yesterday in Irvington as the Cavaliers edged host Mount St. Joseph, 6-5.

In the first Maryland Inter- scholastic Athletic Association A Conference game for both teams, the visiting No. 3 Cavaliers got outstanding starting pitching from Jason Patten and stellar relief from left-hander Paul DeVito to hold off the No. 6 Gaels (3-4).

Spalding ran its overall record to 9-0 by winning its third game this week. Patten, who was staked to a 6-0 lead, no-hit Mount St. Joe through three innings, gave up two hits and a run in the fourth before tiring in the sixth as the Gaels rallied for four runs to make it a 6-5 game.

DeVito, who is 2-0, including a 3-0 no-hitter at DeMatha on Monday, came on in the seventh and closed it on just five pitches to preserve Patten's second win.

"Last year I was kind of the closer, so, this is my first year as a starter and I've just [got] to stretch it out more, " said Patten, a junior.

Shortstop Jeff Kemp singled in two of the three runs by the Cavaliers in the first inning.

"It's a different kind of ballgame we're playing now as to what we will be playing in May," Gaels coach Dave Norton said. "Our pitching has to develop."

PAT O'MALLEY

Girls lacrosse

Severn 12, No. 2 St. Paul's 9 -- Alex Priddy (two goals) scored the first overtime goal with 1:30 left as the host Admirals (2-1) upset the Gators (0-1). Severn's Lainey Rosson and Bridget Brown each added a goal in the overtime. Severn trailed by two goals with five minutes left in regulation. Becca Steinberg (two goals, two assists) sent the game into overtime with 26 seconds left. Ellen Cook led St. Paul's with three goals. Caroline Franke made 16 saves for Severn.

Softball

Loch Raven 21, New Town 0 -- Senior right-hander Kelly Ports (1-0) struck out eight in five innings as the host Raiders (1-1) shut out the Titans (0-1). Lauryn Singer had the only extra-base hit, a double in the third inning.

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