Recap: Ciarra DiGuilio leads Warwick to win in Class AA quarters

MIDDLETOWN – Only a sophomore, Warwick’s Ciarra DiGulio has had a breakout year for the Wildcats on the mound.

That continued on Tuesday when, considering the spot, pitched the game of her career. DiGulio wasn’t lights out. In fact, Warwick coach Shawn Myers said she might have been a little off early on in the quarterfinals of the Class AA softball tournament.

No matter, DiGulio was still efficient, pitching a shutout in fifth-seeded Warwick’s 3-0 win over Middletown, the fourth seed, in nine innings.

The Wildcats (15-6) move on to play top-seeded Roosevelt in the Class AA semifinals at 4 p.m. Thursday in Hyde Park. Warwick has never won a Section 9 softball championship. First baseman Caroline Seeberg drove in the game-winning run with a bloop single in the ninth.

According to Myers, DiGulio’s secondary pitches, her changeup and rise ball, weren’t working. DiGiulio (12-3) said part of the problem was that she doesn’t like pitching in the heat. However, DiGiulio felt she became better as the game went on. DiGiulio gave up nine hits, but most of them were scattered, with four strikeouts and three walks. She dueled, Middletown’s No. 2 pitcher, Jazmyn Martinez, who pitched eight scoreless innings, before Warwick got to her in the ninth. Warwick defeated Middletown, last year’s Class AA runner-up, 4-2 and 9-2 during the regular-season.

Warwick’s three-run rally began when Micaela Weiner, who pinch hit for No. 9 hitter Angie LaBarbera to lead off the ninth, singled off Martinez. Amanda Torres pinch ran for Weiner and moved to third on a double by Micaela Abbatine. After DiGiulio’s sister, Makenna lined out, Seeberg scored Torres with a bloop single to right field. Ciara DiGiulio followed with an RBI double. Seeberg later scored on a wild pitch by reliever Allison Marcano.

Middletown coach Denise McKeown started Martinez because she fared better against Warwick during the season. It was a great move. Only a freshman, Martinez had only allowed two hits entering the ninth.

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