USDHS knocks out Brawley

May 23, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

SAN DIEGO —The Brawley Union High School softball team hit a major wall here yesterday against University of San Diego High School in the quarterfinals of the San Diego CIF Section Division III quarterfinals

The name of that wall was Laura Ibarra.

Ibarra, the Dons' star pitcher, tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Wildcats.

"Their pitcher overpowered us. That was it," said Brawley head coach Rahsahn Overton. "We knew about her. We practiced for her. Today she threw a wonderful game. She had a lot of movement on the ball. She was throwing heat. Our girls just couldn't catch up with her. She's the toughest we've faced this season."

Ibarra struck out 14. She threw mad heat the entire contest, having enough left in the tank to strike out three Wildcats in the seventh.

"She was awesome," said Brawley's Leighan Sudduth. "She's definitely the best pitcher I've seen all year and probably in a long time."


Brawley had only two base runners the entire game. Annie Smith reached base in the second inning off of an error and Ebony Lofton made it to first with a walk in the seventh.

Other than that, Ibarra was perfect.

Sudduth took the mound for the Wildcats and had a difficult day against a number of tall, tough hitters.

"It was a bad day for her," Overton said. "She couldn't find the strike zone. Her strike zone and the umpire's strike zone weren't the same. It might be because the girls were a little bit bigger, so he was calling them a little bit higher."

Sudduth gave up two runs in the second inning and three runs in the fourth. She walked three and allowed six hits.

"I was a little frustrated," Sudduth said. "I just had a tough time hitting the strike zone."

Audrey Corpuz came on in the fifth inning in relief. She walked three, gave up two hits and struck out two.

The Wildcats finished 18-9 overall. Brawley took second in the Imperial Valley League behind Central with a 9-3 record.

"We would have liked to take league, but that's all right," Sudduth said. "We played tough."

Brawley was in almost every game and looks to be strong again next year.

"We had a really strong season," Overton said. "The ones that we lost were games that we could have won, except for today. We were just overpowered today. The ones that we lost were real close. I'm glad the way the season went and we're coming back next year strong. I've got two girls leaving, two seniors, and the rest of the team is returning. We'll be strong."

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