Weiman strikes out 18 as Spalding tops Mount de Sales

Cavaliers junior throws just four balls in two-hit shutout victory

  • Spalding pitcher Emily Weiman delivers against Mount de Sales' Hanna Strasser.
Spalding pitcher Emily Weiman delivers against Mount de Sales'… (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl…)
May 07, 2010|By Todd Karpovich, The Baltimore Sun

Archbishop Spalding's Emily Weiman threw just four pitches that weren't strikes Thursday against No. 12 Mount de Sales.

Her location was just part of another dominant outing by the junior, who struck out 18 and allowed just two hits in the visiting Cavaliers' 3-0 victory. Third-ranked Spalding has wrapped up the top seed for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference playoffs that begin next week, and is looking for its sixth league championship this decade.

"All my pitches were working today," said Weiman, a North Carolina State recruit who has 264 strikeouts this season. "I had a good break and they were actually helping me with some swinging, so not all of my pitches were strikes. I just hit my spots and made things work."

A triple by Kelsey Traylor and a fielder's choice by Jean Sonni gave the Cavaliers (15-2 overall, 11-1 league) a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Mount de Sales pitcher Holly Whitehead then buckled down and kept Spalding off balance. Whitehead scattered six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

The Sailors (10-7, 6-6) came close to taking the lead in the fifth when the first two batters reached base and then worked a double steal. Weiman got out of the jam by striking out the next three batters.

"It was a great win. About half of the games we've won this year have only been by one run," Spalding coach Kristen Scharek said. "You can't underestimate any team in this league, and we've always had a lot of respect for Mount de Sales. [Weiman] has been the backbone of this team. She makes life easy for us."

The Cavaliers pulled away in the seventh on an RBI double by Melanie Gunning and a fielder's choice by Traylor.

The Sailors are looking forward to their "new season" as a No. 3 or No. 4 seed Tuesday, when the playoffs begin.

"That kid is an unbelievable pitcher," Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz said of Weiman. "But when you have a runner at third, you have to make contact, hit the ball to second or short and you score a run. Hopefully, we can win Tuesday and maybe we'll see them again Thursday."

S 100 000 2 — 3 6 1

M 000 000 0 — 0 2 2

Weiman and Straitz; Whitehead and Lesniewski. 2B: S— Gunning. 3B: S—Traylor.

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