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Nearly everything is in place for the Archbishop Spalding softball team.

Emerging from an 18-day break that included two rainouts, the No. 3 Cavaliers unleashed a hitting barrage in a 12-1 rout of visiting St. Mary's-Ryken in a Maryland private schools tournament semifinal at Randazzo Park in Severn yesterday.

Spalding (23-2), which has captured three consecutive state titles and is the top seed in the tournament, will face either No. 2 seed Pallotti or No. 3 seed Institute of Notre Dame in today's 5:30 p.m. final at Prince George's Community College in Largo. Pallotti and IND meet at 4 p.m. today to finish a suspended game.

Spalding coach Linda Taylor was understandably worried that her team - which hadn't played since dropping a 2-0 decision to second-ranked McDonogh in the finals of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Tournament on May 12 - might have been a little flat yesterday.

Aside from two errors that allowed the Knights of Calvert County (12-12) to score a run in the top of the first inning, the Cavaliers eased their coach's concerns with an impressive performance at the plate.

Senior Christina Lynch went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs, junior Christine Sheridan scored twice and reached base safely in two of her four trips to the plate, and senior Amanda Collins hit two home runs and had six RBIs - including a grand slam in the bottom of the first - to pace Spalding.

St.Mary's-Ryken 100 000 0 -- 1 3 4

Spalding 503 400 x -- 12 11 2

Baden and Edelen, Moran (6); Saunders, Fisher (5) and Marll. 2B: AS-Cowen. HR: AS-Collins 2.

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