City League Softball Championship: Unbeaten Carrick grabs title

Warnock's double in 9th nets 2-1 win

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Carrick freshman Rachelle Warnock earned a reputation as a dominant pitcher in the City League this year.

Warnock also demonstrated yesterday that she can handle the bat as well as her two-out, ninth-inning double led the unbeaten Raiders to a 2-1 victory against Brashear in the City championship game at McGibbney Field.

Warnock's deep shot to right-center field drove in catcher Bridgette Fauth with the winning run. It was Warnock's third hit.

"My gut feeling told me to [intentionally] walk her, but my assistant coaches talked me out of it because they said it would have put the winning run at third base," Brashear coach Patty Adams said. "I should have stuck with my gut feeling."

Carrick (18-0) defeated Brashear (14-4) for the fourth time this season. Warnock (7-0) started the title game at shortstop, but relieved starting pitcher Jesse Stein, a senior left-hander, in the sixth.

Warnock's only other appearance as a pitcher against the Bulls this season was in a 1-0, nine-inning victory in which she pitched the entire game.

Stein gave up one run and four hits in five innings. She also drove in Carrick's first run with a two-out double in the bottom of the third off Jessica Cullum, who drove in Brashear's only run with a single in the top of that inning.

"Stein came through with five good innings," Carrick coach Terry Cowden said. "I couldn't ask for more out of any of our kids."

Warnock found herself in a bases-loaded, one-out jam in her first inning of relief, but she struck out the next two batters.

Carrick also had Cullum on the ropes with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh.

Deanna Sporter's soft line-drive to second, however, turned into a double play when Vikki Doerschner was caught off third.

"We were throwing punches back and forth the whole game," Cowden said. "What a great game. Hats off to them."

Sporter, playing right field, came up with the biggest defensive play for Carrick, when she threw out batter Brandi Piccolino running to first base in the eighth.

Had Piccolino been safe, Brashear would have scored a run from third.

"I was a little bit nervous, but, once I got it, I thought I'd give it a try at first base," Sporter said.

"I usually play second base, but I've [thrown a batter out from right field] once or twice before."



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