Calvert 4, Thomas Stone 0

The arrival of Calvert freshman pitcher Megan Elliott created a buzz in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference during the preseason. Through five games, the right-handed hurler has exhibited the potential that opposing coaches and players expected.

Elliott struck out 14 to lift the No. 9 Cavaliers to a 4-0 victory over two-time defending Maryland 3A champion Thomas Stone yesterday in Prince Frederick. Five Thomas Stone batters were caught looking at the third strike as Calvert improved to 5-0.

Elliott "knew who we were and came out firing," Thomas Stone Coach Linda Curry said. "She overpowered our batters. If she can stay true to herself, she's probably going to be one of the best pitchers in the country by her senior year. She's got speed and movement on the ball."

Elliott dominated third-ranked Thomas Stone (3-2) from the outset as she tossed her second one-hitter of the season. She used a mix of pitches to confound batters, retiring the side in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings.

"I like striking batters out because then I know I'm making good pitches," Elliott said. "I wanted to come out strong because I know how good a team Thomas Stone is. They were swinging at the riser, so I threw in some change-ups and screw balls to keep them swinging."

Elliott has been a key addition to the Cavaliers, who have eight starters back from last season. Despite its youth, Calvert finished 13-8 in 2002 and advanced to the Maryland 3A quarterfinals before losing to McDonough. In her young career, Elliott already has pitched a perfect game in a six-inning victory over Chopticon and threw a no-hitter against Lackey.

Calvert also has provided Elliott with solid run support, including a combined eight hits against Thomas Stone pitchers Kristen Federici and Caryn Moreland. The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when second baseman Brandi Hankins's line drive fell in right field and scored Jamie Rice.

Calvert added two more runs on an error on first baseman Meghan Travers's infield grounder and a single to left centerfield by Amanda Mitchell. The final run came in the sixth when Sierra Mitchell hit a chopper over the head of Thomas Stone pitcher Moreland to score Hankins.

Calvert's Megan Elliott winds up, retiring the side in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings against defending 3A champion Thomas Stone.Sierra Mitchell slides home past the outstretched glove of No. 3 Thomas Stone's Jessica Morris, helping No. 9 Calvert improve to 5-0. Mitchell also knocked in a run in the sixth.