Softball
(Matt Hazlett / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Fresh off a heartbreaking loss, the No. 2 Archbishop Spalding softball team survived a scary seventh-inning rally and a scarier infield collision Tuesday afternoon.

And after preserving a 4-2 victory over No. 14 Mount de Sales in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference encounter, Cavaliers coach Nicki Trumpler said this latest adversity came at an ideal time.

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"I think it's huge for our girls," said Trumpler of her team's first game since a 3-1 nonconference defeat to C. Milton Wright on Friday. "To come out here and be in pressure situations and to respond. … Knowing that we've faced those pressure situations just continues to help us grow."

Katie Seidl drove in two runs on productive outs and went the distance on the rubber for the Cavaliers (10-2, 8-0 IAAM), at one point retiring 12 straight batters before the Sailors (9-6, 6-2) scored twice in the seventh.

The senior worked her final 3 1/3 innings without freshman starting catcher Angela Sena, who was carried off the field with a right knee injury after she chased down a pop-up and crashed into first baseman Caroline Wasko.

"I was scared, because she said she thought she broke her knee," Seidl said. "I don't know what we would do. But we're really good. We're a close-knit team. We'll be fine. I just wish it didn't happen."

Trumpler did not know the extent of the injury immediately following the game.

"Obviously staying healthy is huge for any team, especially as you start to make that push toward the end of your season," Trumpler said. "Hopefully she's OK. But knowing that either way, all 14 of these girls are able to come in and do their job at any given moment, that's comforting as a coach."

Sammi Johnson went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored for Spalding. Wasko went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored twice.

For Mount de Sales, Emily Fitzsimmons allowed four runs on nine hits despite striking out six over six innings. Julie Rowe had two hits and scored the Sailors' first run on Kellie Schinzel's double.

But second-place Mount de Sales fell further behind Spalding in the IAAM standings, failing to score early despite getting a runner aboard in each of the first three innings.

"It's happened every time we play them," Sailors coach Pete Waskiewicz said. "Hey, it came around. So hopefully in the future we can get them in there."

Spalding led 2-0 after the first, with Wasko scoring on Seidl's grounder to third and Sena driving home Johnson with another single.

The Cavaliers tacked on additional runs in the third on Seidl's sac fly to center and in the fifth when Wasko tripled off the wall and scored on Johnson's single.

"[Fitzsimmons] usually comes at me early on in the count," Johnson said. "So I was really looking for that and not waiting for her to get ahead of me."

Seidl got within two outs of a shutout before Rowe singled and came home on Schinzel's double. Schinzel got to third on a wild pitch and scored on Hannah Cimerola's two-out single. Fitzsimmons flew out to center to end the threat.

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"They've got guts," Waskiewicz said of his opponent. "They dug deep and came through."

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AS201 010 x--4 9 0

Fitzsimmons and Cluster. Seidl and Sena, Beitzel. 2B: Schinzel (M), S. Johnson (S), Walterhoffer (S). 3B: Wasko (S). WP-Seidl. LP-Fitzsimmons.

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