Injury-thin Spalding continues winning

Rest of team picks up for loss of key players


April 18, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Despite the loss of two key players in left-handed pitcher Paul DeVito and shortstop Jeff Kemp, Archbishop Spalding's second-ranked baseball team entered this week with six wins in a row.

The Cavaliers (18-3 overall, 6-2 league) took over second place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference with a 13-0 romp at Loyola (9-4, 5-2) on Saturday.

Spalding trails top-ranked Calvert Hall (18-0, 8-0) in the conference standings. The Cavaliers' two losses - to St. Paul's (9-8, 4-3) and Calvert Hall - were both by one run.

After those losses, the Cavaliers went on their current winning streak while losing both DeVito and Kemp. Coach Steve Miller is hoping to get his two standout juniors back by May.

DeVito (3-1, 1.64 ERA) broke the thumb on his left throwing hand and has a cast on it that is expected to come off April 27. Kemp (.431, eight doubles, 15 RBIs) has a back injury.

"Paul has a hairline facture that occurred in practice when he got a little too aggressive trying to catch a fly ball," Miller said. "Hopefully he can get the cast off on the 27th and be ready in May. I'm a little concerned about Jeff because he may have a stress fracture in his back. We will get the results of his tests this week."

In the meantime, sophomore catcher Eddie Palmer (.434) and junior infielders Kody Hines (.452) and Ryan Woods (.414, team-leading 27 RBIs) have stepped up along with pitchers Jason Patten and Scott Arndt.

Patten (4-1, 2.42) pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts and one walk at Loyola on Saturday. Arndt leads the staff at 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA and the coach's son, also named Steve Miller, is 3-0.

Not so fast

Just when Glen Burnie and North County were feeling pretty good about their baseball teams, they each got a dose of reality last week. Their fast starts have been slowed a bit.

North County followed last Wednesday's 10-0 rout of Glen Burnie with a 9-0 defeat at No. 3 Arundel on Friday.

Glen Burnie rebounded from its loss to win at Southern, 9-7.

Those results left North County and Glen Burnie both at 6-2.

Quick hits

Kristine Wayson scored six goals in Southern's 11-5 win over Northern-Calvert in lacrosse Friday. Her little sister, Kimmy, added two goals. ... Spalding's Rob Wetzel won the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs in the 16th Knights Invite on Friday to take Most Outstanding Athlete honors. ... Kelly Leary pitched a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts as then-No. 5 Glen Burnie routed Southern, 9-0, in softball Friday, while Meade got its first win, 7-3 over Annapolis, on Andrea Alam's six-hitter. Alam walked nine and struck out 13. ... The Severn and St. Mary's boys lacrosse rivalry resumes at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Severn.

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