The way Maria Hansen-Perez pitched Tuesday, she may well have had the team from San Diego's Academy of Our Lady of Peace thinking about a conversion.
The Central Union High hurler held the Pilots to two hits and one unearned run as she struck out nine to lead the Spartans to a 6-1 win in the San Diego Section Division III playoffs.
"Maria pitched an excellent game," said Central coach Sandy Montalvo. "She was on and she was very hungry."
For two innings Pilot hurler Jessica Marsoen matched Perez perfect inning for perfect inning.
The Spartans (21-5) got the game's first base runner in the third when Marissa Guzman reached on an error. Guzman took second on a ground ball and took third on a wild pitch but could not score.
After Perez pitched a flawless fourth, the Spartan offense finally got going.
Claudia Maldonado led off the inning with a single. She took second on a wild pitch. Marsoen settled down momentarily, striking out Jennifer Ramirez and forcing Perez to hit into a ground-out that moved Maldonado to third. With two outs Cami Grundman delivered a line-drive single to center that plated Maldonado and gave the Spartans a one-run lead.