TEMECULA — Chaparral pitcher Ashlyn Moriarity's morning began with flowers and a charm bracelet — gifts to celebrate both her 18th birthday and her one-year anniversary with her boyfriend, Pumas senior offensive lineman Matt Adamson.
"Matt said it would be easy to remember, so we should just throw it all in on one day," Moriarity said with a big grin.
Moriarity added another memory Tuesday when she pitched a complete-game, three-hitter in visiting Chaparral's 6-0 win over Temecula Valley in Southwestern League action.
"My day was already really good," said Moriarity," who picked up her third win, while lowering her earned run average to 1.55. "It just got a lot better."
Moriarity was very good in the circle. The senior walked only one batter, while scattering three harmless singles.
"(Moriarity) pitched terrific," Chaparral coach Jerry Delamater said after his team improved to 7-5 and 1-1 in the Southwestern League. "She did a great job of pitching her changeup away, and her drop balls inside.
"She hit her spots on every single pitch and kept them off balance. She did a great job."
Moriarity recorded four strikeouts and allowed only one runner to reach third base. She retired 13 of the final 14 batters.
The Golden Bears (7-5, 0-1) were also in a giving mood. They committed five errors in the third inning, leading to four unearned runs.
In the third, Temecula Valley starter Katie Cleary induced two infield outs before walking a batter to put runners on first and second.
Kristie Johnson, who reached on an error to lead off the inning, scored the Pumas' first run on a miscue at second. An overthrow to first brought home the second run.
Chaparral's Kristen Williams plated the final two runs of the inning with a sharp single to center.
"When the other team makes an error, it excites us because it gives us a chance to get some more runs," said Williams. "It was awesome to drive in a couple of runs for our team."
Cleary said it's important to take the good with the bad.
"Everyone's not going to play great everyday," said Cleary, who allowed five hits and two earned runs in seven innings. "Our defense has saved me many times. So we're not going to point fingers. It's a team game.
"On the offensive side, you're not going to win any games if you don't score any runs."
Moriarity was asked which of the three milestones she would treasure most.
"Probably the anniversary and the shutout are tied," she said.