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Pacifica's Nicole DeWitt, right, and teammate Brooke Marquez are all smiles as they score on Ruby Rivera's double during the championship game of the Carew Softball Classic at Peralta Park Saturday night.

Resurgent Pacifica wins Michelle Carew Classic

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

ANAHEIM HILLS – Pacifica entered the season ranked No. 1 in the state, but had fallen out of that ranking and the county top 10 heading into softball's 26th Michelle Carew Classic this week.

Guess who's back?

Pacifica put together an impressive run, culminating with a 4-0 victory over Yorba Linda for the championship Saturday night at Peralta Park.

Kaylee Carlson pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts, Nicole DeWitt went 4 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI and Ruby Rivera went 2 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Mariners.

"It's a great feeling right now," Pacifica coach Mark Campbell said. "We have to play that team two more times. We talked earlier and I said this is what we've been looking to do. We haven't been getting timely hitting. Our pitching has been good, but not great. This tournament we've kind of put everything together."

Kaley Winegarner, who got the Mariners' semifinal victory over Orange Lutheran, landed awkwardly on a pitch and injured her left knee in the seventh inning against the Lancers. She was taken to the emergency room, but returned for the final. She said it's a sprained knee and she should be back in two weeks, but she will get an MRI.

Also in the Michelle Carew Classic:

Esperanza 1, Murrieta Valley of Murrieta 0: Hayley Copeland pitched a perfect game with 13 strikeouts as the Aztecs (18-2) defeated the Nighthawks (13-7) for fifth place. Brynley Steele and Haleigh John had back-to-back doubles to drive in a run in the fourth.

Foothill 6, Cienega of Vail, Ariz., 0: Kelsey Fredericks and Ari Jarvis combined on a three-hit shutout and Andi Jarvis went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer as the Knights (13-8) avenged one of their losses with a victory over the Bobcats (19-3) in the ninth-place game.

Orange Lutheran 6, Los Alamitos 1: Freshman Amelia Van Orman pitched four innings of hitless relief to record her first career victory, Jessica Whitney went 3 for 4 with two RBI and Sam Arents went 2 for 5 with three RBI as the Lancers (16-5) beat the Griffins (12-9) to take third place.

Contact the writer: carias@ocregister.com


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