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Sudduth's pitching and offense leading Brawley

May 22, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer
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All it takes for the Brawley Union High School softball team is one hit.

When Leighan Sudduth is on the mound, all she asks from her teammates is timely hitting and strong, consistent defense.

So far this year she's received both.

The most recent example came in the Wildcats' biggest game of the season, a 12-2 five-inning hammering of Clairemont High in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section Division III playoffs.

Sudduth pitched a complete game, striking out four and only giving up three hits, with her offense giving her more than enough support with 13 hits.

"As long as we hit the ball, everything falls into place," said the 17-year-old junior. "Our defense is good and they've been playing really well all season. I think we might have been the best in the league."

While they finished second in the Imperial Valley League to Central Union, the Wildcats played as if they were the best Saturday against Clairemont.

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While her pitching stats were impressive, Sudduth finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs.

On Wednesday she had three hits with a double in the Wildcats' 9-1 thumping of Calexico and she threw a four-hitter May 14 in Brawley's 1-0 loss to Central.

Unfortunately for Sudduth, she was outdueled by Central's Maria Hansen-Perez, who gave up only three hits and struck out 13.

"I think we could've won that game. To me it was more of a mental thing than anything else," said Sudduth. "I think (Perez) just gets into some of our players' heads. If not for that, I know we could've had that game."

Next on the agenda for Sudduth and the 'Cats is a trip to face University of San Diego High School at 3:30 today in the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs. Sudduth is scheduled to start on the mound after only two days of rest.

"That doesn't bother me at all. I don't mind pitching two games in a row. I'm just trying to help out the team," said Sudduth. "I'm expecting this game to be tough, but as long as we get our bats on the ball, we should be fine."

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