With sunny skies turning dark by game's end yesterday afternoon, No. 7 Seton Keough was able to hold off visiting No. 14 Mount de Sales for a 4-3 victory in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Division.
The Gators (4-2) used 6 1/3 no-hit innings by senior Kristin Dulay and a four-run rally in the fourth to win their second straight.
The Sailors (5-4, 3-4) put two runs across in the seventh inning to pull to within a run, and had a runner at first. But a groundout to second ended the game.
"It's been a little bit of a struggle in the beginning," said Seton Keough shortstop Sharlise Tolentino. "We want to do better than last year, so we just had to pick up the tempo."
Tolentino's RBI single in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie. Danyale Goode followed with a single, advancing Tolentino to third with one out.
Kim Konig hit a come-backer to Sailors starting pitcher Jessica Taylor, whose throw off the glove of first baseman Cynthia Clark allowed Tolentino to score, and Goode hustled around and slid home giving the Gators a 4-1 lead.
Mount de Sales junior catcher Erin Riggins spoiled Dulay's no-hitter with a line drive that just deflected off third baseman Konig's glove. Dulay finished with a two-hitter, striking out four.
"We were mentally prepared for this game," said Dulay, a second-team All-City/County pick last spring who had a triple in the fifth for the Gators' only other hit. "We started out kind of slow with the bats the first couple of innings."
Through the first three innings against the freshman Taylor, Seton Keough managed to get the ball out of the infield once. Mount de Sales took advantage of a leadoff walk to produce the game's first run when Clark hit an RBI groundout.
Taylor walked leadoff batter Shannon Smith to start the fourth, then put her at third with two wild pitches. With Smith at third and Dulay at first via walk, Dulay broke for second. Sailors second basemen Catherine Smith cut off the throw by Riggins and threw back home, but Smith slid in with the game-tying run.
"Every game we've lost has been by one run," said Mount de Sales coach Pete Waskiewicz, who has only three seniors on his roster. "We're giving games away defensively. We're a better team than that, but we're young."