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Whitworth no-hits St. Mary’s in Stampede

In what has been perhaps Sam Whitworth’s finest moment as a Bulldog, the senior right-hander capped off her performance in pool play against St. Mary’s-Stockton with a no-hitter and a first place finish in Pool D, or the “group of death.”

Whitworth got the win as a result of gritty determination and awesome stuff.

Although she walked five hitters, she shutdown a St. Mary’s Rams team that stunned Archbishop Mitty in the Monarch’s first game of the tournament, and was poised to play the part of spoilers after being the team everyone assumed would come in last against the heavyweights that populated Pool D.

The Bulldogs only had four hits on the day, but in truth they only need to beat the Rams’ total by one.

The two teams battled through four innings without either team able to break the deadlock. They needed a leader who coach Paul Buccellato usually says is silent with her words because she does the talking with her bat.

Cara DiMercurio’s double won the game for the Bulldogs on Friday morning but not without controversy.

But in the end it didn’t matter, because the Bulldogs were going home that day knowing they would have a full days rest before they returned to Robertson Park as the winners of Pool D with a perfect record, ready to take on a runner up in the first elimination game on Saturday, with a chance at the tournament championship still alive.

Only Livermore and Carondelet participate in Division II in North Coast Section playoffs despite both schools’ population being almost 500 students above Alhambra’s at 1216.

Out of the 16 schools, 11 of them play in a Division I or Class A, and none have a population as small as Alhambra’s.

The rest of the Livermore Stampede Tournament was canceled due to weather on Saturday, April 9. As a result, Alhambra has scheduled a make up game with Sheldon-Sacramento on the road on Saturday, April 16 to make up for losing the game. Two of the possible make up opponents (Freedom and Whitney) were in the championship flight of the Livermore Stampede.

About Gerardo Recinos

Gerardo Recinos is a journalist currently living in Concord, Calif. He is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a degree in Journalism (History minor). Gerardo covers sports throughout Martinez and Pleasant Hill. It's his lifelong mission to get people in the U.S. to stop calling football "soccer," and to call American football "handegg."

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