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Mount de Sales pitcher Emily Fitzsimmons, shown throwing to Seton Keough's Imani Dawson last week, was the winning pitcher in the Sailors' 3-1 at Catonsville Tuesday afternoon.
Mount de Sales pitcher Emily Fitzsimmons, shown throwing to Seton Keough's Imani Dawson last week, was the winning pitcher in the Sailors' 3-1 at Catonsville Tuesday afternoon. (File photo/2015)

After three consecutive losses, Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz relied on junior pitcher Emily Fitzsimmons to get the Sailors back on track. She did just that by tossing a three-hitter in a 3-1 win over Catonsville Tuesday.

Fitzsimmons pitched in an Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference loss last week to defending champion Seton Keough, and she was there again when the Sailors fell to Urbana and Severna Park in the Cavalier Classic over the weekend.

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She was happy to get her team in the win column against a Catonsville lineup that featured five freshmen and two sophomores.

"It's a nice confidence booster," said Fitzsimmons, who had eight strikeouts.

The only run she allowed came on a booming home run to center field by Comet sophomore catcher Alleshia Pullen.

Clinging to a 3-1 lead in the sixth, Fitzsimmons got out of her toughest jam in the bottom of the sixth inning.

After back-to-back walks to Pullen and her freshman sister Akirra Pullen, Alyssa James laid down a sacrifice bunt and advanced the runners to second and third.

Fitzsimmons fanned Bailey Lemerise on three pitches: fastball, change up, fastball and ended the inning by getting Leann Tyler on a comebacker to the mound.

Callie McCleary and James (bunt) got the only other hits for the Comets.

The Sailors got all the runs they needed in a two-run first inning.

Consecutive hits by Stefani Senkus, Kellie Schinzel and Hannah Cimerola keyed the uprising.

The Sailors added an insurance run in the fourth inning after Fitzsimmons led off with a slap infield hit.

After back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Karlee Stocksdale and Maggie Maguire, courtesy runner Lindsay Koller scored after an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Comets kept the Sailors from further damage thanks to a double play turned by shortstop James, after catching a liner in the third inning, and a pair of diving plays by second baseman Lally and catcher Alleshia Pullen.

Lally dove to her right for a grounder and tagged the bag with another dive to get a force out to end the sixth and Pullen dove into fair ground to catch a bunt for the first out in seventh.

Catonsville coach Steve McCleary was pleased with the defensive support and the calmness of his freshman pitcher after the first inning.

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"I thought our pitcher threw a heckuva game," McCleary said. "One thing about her is she keeps her composure."

The Comets were coming off a big 13-12 comeback win the previous week over Glen Burnie when they rallied with one run in the fifth and five in the sixth.

"She shut them down in the last two innings and we were able to come back and win that game," McCleary said.

They didn't win the de Sales game, but they did keep it competitive for seven innings.

"For a young team, they battled," McCleary said. "We haven't played that team this close in years."

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