Before the 2001 16-and-under Pacific Southwest softball regional tournament, Imperial Valley all-star team members expressed concern about the team's offense and thought pitching would have to lead the way.
Enter Nicky Carrion.
In the Valley team's first outing, Carrion led her squad to an 11-1 victory over the Westside all-star team from Phoenix, pitching a complete game, striking out 10, allowing only two hits and giving up no earned runs.
"I was really surprised with how I did in that game. I didn't realize I had 10 strikeouts until the day after," said the 17-year-old Carrion, who will be a senior at Central Union High in El Centro in the fall. "I hadn't practiced just on my pitching in awhile, so I didn't think I'd do as good as I did."
She also had a hit and an RBI against Westside.
"They were OK. I think they were kind of average compared to the other teams we played," said Carrion, who earned all-tournament team honors, about the Phoenix-area squad.