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.
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.
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.