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Pitching duel lives up to the hype

03/31/2014, 12:00pm PDT
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Shaw bests Magnett as No. 2 Poway shuts out No. 1 Cathedral Catholic

— The anticipated pitching duel between sophomore Devyn Magnett of No. 1-ranked Cathedral Catholic and junior Kourtney Shaw of No. 2 Poway turned out to be better than advertised.

If not for a line-drive single that deflected off Magnett's glove into center field for two runs, the showdown probably would have gone into extra innings -- a lot of extra innings.

Instead, sophomore Morgan Lutticken's first-inning liner accounted for the only scoring, and Shaw made it stand up Saturday as Poway beat Cathedral Catholic 2-0 in a nonleague softball game that capped a tripleheader.

San Pasqual opened the day with a 4-2 win over Poway, but Cathedral Catholic edged San Pasqual on Tierra Fale's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for a 6-5 victory.

Magnett earned the win for the Dons by pitching the final three innings of the first game before giving up five hits against Poway (10-3).

Four errors, including two in the first inning that made both of Poway's runs unearned, turned out to be the difference. Shaw, who threw a first-pitch strike to 15 of the 24 Dons she faced, allowed only one hit (Sarai Niu's fourth-inning single) and walked two (Laurel Coito got both free passes).

Only one runner for the Dons (10-1) reached scoring position, and that came in the first inning on a fielder's choice, a stolen base and a throwing error.

"This is my first time to face Cathedral, so I think we were all a little pumped up," said Shaw, who improved to 6-2 by retiring the final 11 batters she faced. "You always get a little extra energy against the No. 1 team."

Poway used an error, a single by Malia Martinez (2-for-3) and a walk to set up Lutticken's single to center.

The rest of the day belonged to Shaw.

"That's how she's been all year," Poway coach Jim Bennet said. "Today, she did a great job of hitting spots to keep them off balance.

"This is the kind of game you expect to see when No. 1 faces No. 2."

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