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Softball: So Cal Sidelines Players of the Week (4/10/18)

UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo crashed the biggest high school tournament in the nation, throwing five shutouts, including a nine-inning no-hitter with 21 strikeouts, to lead Cathedral Catholic to the Michelle Carew Classic championship last week at Peralta Park in Anaheim Hills.

Faraimo, who also hit a grand slam against Roosevelt of Eastvale in the first round, allowed nine hits and struck out 59 in 27 innings to go 5-0 and earn Most Valuable Pitcher honors at the Carew Classic.

Faraimo’s efforts helped the Dons improve to 13-3, move to No. 1 in San Diego and No. 1 in So Cal in the So Cal Sideline rankings and win So Cal Player of the Week honors.


UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

Name: Megan Faraimo

High School: Cathedral Catholic High of San Diego

Club Team: Corona Angels-Tyson

Graduation Year: 2018

Height, weight: 6-0, 180

Position: Pitcher

Nickname(s): Meg / Megz

Twitter: @MeganFaraimo

Stats: Faraimo is 13-2 with a 0.22 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 93 innings for the season and she’s hit two grand slams and driven in 13 runs so far this season.

Most memorable moment of your athletic career? Winning 2017 CIF-SDS Open Division championship.

Opposing player you respect the most? I respect Payton Tidd (of San Marcos) as a player and a person. I’ve competed against her for a while now and I know she works hard on and off the field.

What was the funniest/strangest thing you ever witnessed on the field? Freshman year I was up to bat and I caught a pitch coming right at me then threw it back to the pitcher. My dad has video of it too. It was pretty funny.

Who is the most underrated player on your team? Jacey Bourgeois. She’s such a great catcher, teammate and friend. I really appreciate her.

Do you have a secret talent/skill? I don’t think this is a talent but people never believe me when I say I can do the splits.

Favorite coach: My favorite high school coach is Margaret Mauro and my favorite travel ball coach is Marty Tyson.

Favorite teacher: Kevin Wenclewicz.

Favorite pro athlete: Serena Williams.

Favorite movie: “V for Vendetta.”

Favorite song: Right now it’s “D’yer Mak’er” by Led Zeppelin, but it’ll probably be a different song next week. It depends on my mood.

Favorite TV show: “Criminal Minds.”

Any final pearls of wisdom/favorite quote? “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” -Henry David Thoreau. I saw this quote in a book once and it immediately caught my attention. It’s simple but I think it’s an important concept to remember.

Oklahoma-commit Kinzie Hansen of Norco. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.


Oklahoma-committed catcher Kinzie Hansen went 9 for 15 with a double, three runs and five RBI to help Norco go 4-1 and take fifth place at the Carew Classic. Hansen’s effort helped the Cougars beat villa Park, 2-1, and Cienega of Vail, AZ, 10-9, before losing to Gahr of Cerritos, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Hansen led the charge as Norco bounced back to beat Nor Cal-powerhouse Amador Valley of Pleasanton, 4-0, and Esperanza of Anaheim, 9-2. Hansen made the Carew Classic all-tournament team.

Arizona State-commit Jazmine Hill of Gahr of Cerritos. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.


Arizona State-commit Jazmine Hill went 8 for 17 with a double, a triple, three home runs, four runs and seven RBI to help Gahr of Cerritos go 4-1 and take third place at the Carew Classic. Hill delivered the two-run single in the bottom of the sixth that gave Gahr a 6-4 upset over Norco, ranked No. 4 in the nation by FloSoftball, in the quarterfinals. Hill also made the Carew Classic all-tournament team.

LSU-commit Ciara Briggs of Orange Lutheran. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.


LSU-committed outfielder Ciara Briggs had a huge week, leading Orange Lutheran to the Carew Classic finals fro the third consecutive year. The Lancers ended up losing to Cathedral Catholic, 2-0, but Briggs had a huge week. She batted .692, going 9 for 13 with three doubles, three RBI, four walks and seven runs. She made a number of spectacular plays in the outfield and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Carew Classic.

Jayden Cunningham of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.


Jayden Cunningham went 6 for 14 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and an HBP to spark Cathedral Catholic’s offense en route to the Carew Classic title last week. Cunninghahm drove in the insurance to help the Dons beat Orange Lutheran 2-0 in the championship game. She was named to the Carew Classic all-tournament team.

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