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Softball: Faraimo Fantastic for Dons Once Again (4/21/18)

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

By TERRY MONAHAN

Before seeing the horse stables right behind the softball field at Cathedral Catholic of San Diego, one player from Huntington Beach heard a loud horse “Whinney.”

“They have a horse at this school,” she exclaimed out loud.

The stables are not part of the school, but the softball team does have its own horse it leans on every day.

UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo, a 6-foot-1 senior pitcher, carried the Dons to a 5-0 nonleague victory over Huntington Beach on Saturday.

For Faraimo, who fanned 14 Oilers in a 1-0 loss to Huntington Beach at the Best of the West Tournament, it was a so-so game with three hits allowed, no walks and nine strikeouts.

The 10th consecutive win for the Dons (17-3), the top-ranked team in San Diego and So Cal by So Cal Sidelines, raised Faraimo’s record to 17-3 and the shutout lowered her ERA to 0.28.

“I have been blessed to be her catcher the last four years,” said Dons senior Jacey Bourgeois, who was 2 for 3 to lead Cathedral’s six-hit attack. “There is not one ounce of her ability that she doesn’t give in a game. I’ve seen so many batters take a big breath when they face her. She amazes me every day.”

Cathedral’s last loss was a 1-0 loss to Eastlake of Chula Vista on Mar. 22.

Winners of 33 straight Western League games, the Dons got three unearned runs in the first inning with just one hit, two walks and four errors by the Oilers (14-7), who are ranked No. 4 in the OC and No. 11 in So Cal.

A team that relies on its quickness and a .339 team batting average, Huntington Beach, which blasted Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista, 7-0, on Friday during its two-day tour of the San Diego Section, had four base runners all day. None of them reached second base.

Cathedral added single runs in the third and fifth innings, but they already had enough runs.

“That’s one of the toughest teams in the state,” Cathedral coach Margaret Mauro said. “Our theme was don’t flinch. We didn’t. Megan just has a burning desire to succeed all the time. Her desire level is at a different level from the rest of us.”

Faraimo also doubled in a run, USD-commit Sara Rusconi doubled in a run and freshman Anna Herrmann’s swinging bunt also drove in a run.

“That girl won’t give up anything,” offered the Long Beach State-bound Bourgeois. “She does the work, no matter what the score is.”

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