Rain brings halt to Spalding-Keough softball rematch

Game, suspended after 5 innings with No. 2 Cavaliers and No. 6 Gators tied at 4, will be finished April 12

teams met for A Conference title last season

March 30, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Second-ranked Archbishop Spalding's Emily Weiman and Seton Keough's Robi Zimmerman struggled Wednesday to find dry patches on their uniforms to wipe their pitching hands in a rematch of last season's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship.

Even though a steady, cold rain refused to give the players a reprieve, both pitchers still managed to remain in control for much of the game. The umpires finally decided the rain was too big of a factor and called the game after five innings with the score tied at 4 at No. 6 Seton. In a season where there appears to be little separation between the two, the teams will have to wait a few weeks to see who wins the first ound.

The teams will finish the game April 14 at Archbishop Spalding before their regularly scheduled game that day.

"It's going to come down to the team that makes the least amount of mistakes," Seton coach Jackie Boswell said. "It's kind of hard to judge on day like this, how messy it is. It's really going to come down to whoever can put the ball in play the most and force the other team to make mistakes."

Weiman, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year last season for the conference champion Cavaliers, finished with 15 strikeouts and allowed five hits and one walk. Zimmerman had five strikeouts and allowed four hits.

"It was a little difficult. My hand was definitely cold," said Weiman, the team's lone senior, who will play for North Carolina State next season. "It was just a matter of keeping the ball dry and keeping your hands dry. I was taught my freshman year by a great group of seniors. They taught me how to be a leader."

The Cavaliers (1-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. Lainey Miller led the charge with an RBI single, and the three other runs were scored on fielder's choices.

Seton Keough tied the game in the second on a triple by Bridget O'Malley and a double by Mikki Kouneski. The rest of the game was dominated by pitching. The Gators (1-0) had runners on first and third in the bottom of the fifth, but Weiman struck out the final two batters to get out of the jam.

"It was great comeback on our part," Boswell said. "I'm really proud of that. We were able to get it done at the plate. It was a good learning game for us. [Zimmerman] did a good job. She hit her spots when she needed to."

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