One could probably say it was just another game, but for those who watched Immaculate Heart and Cedar Grove play softball in the final game of the Black and Gold Tournament in Cedar Grove on April 21, it was hard not to marvel at the pitching efforts of both Mia Faieta and Ryleigh White.
Faieta, a junior from Cedar Grove, would strike out eight of the first nine batters she faced and finished with 18 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings of work, while giving up four hits (three of which came in the top of the 10th), walking six and hitting a batter.
White, dubbed ‘Citation‘, is a close friend of Faieta’s, since the two play on a club team together. She struck out her 20th batter to end the game in the bottom of the 10th inning, as IHA edged Cedar Grove, 2-0.
Mia Faieta and Ryleigh White, along with coaches Phil Delgado and Diana Fasano, at a NJFight gathering last winter. (Click on photo for larger image)
White, a sophomore righty, would scatter three hits and walk three.
“I had never been a part of the international tie-breaker,” said White, referring to the rule of putting a runner on second base to start the 10th inning, and beyond, when a high school softball game is tied. “I didn’t think too much about it, especially after Mia (Recenello) made that catch for the first out. After that, I was really confident we’d win it.”
White was referring to her catcher, Recenello, who made a beautiful catch of an attempted bunt to secure a crucial first out in the 10th inning. With two Cedar Grove runners on base, White induced a fly to right for the second out, then recorded her 20th strikeout to end it. She actually got stronger as the game progressed, and struck out seven in a row late in the game.
Faieta, a junior righty, was dominant as well. Dubbed ‘California Chome‘, Faieta allowed an infield single through nine innings of work while striking out 18. Afterward, she spent time talking to White, along with a few other IHA players.
It was about competition, but also friendship, and the game kept the fans on the edge of their seats for three hours.
Faieta (right) and White were all smiles after a tremendous game. (Click on photo for larger image)