Perfection is becoming commonplace for the King Philip (17-0) softball team.
The Warriors’ pitching has been downright unfair to opposing teams all season. In 17 games, the tandem of Meg Rico and Meg Carnase has yet to allow a team to score more than one run in a game.
Yesterday was more of the same as Carnase took to the mound at home against Avon (12-2) and was nothing short of perfect.
Carnase fanned13 batters in six innings before the weather forced the game to an end early with the Warriors leading 6-0.
“[Carnase] comes out today, in less than ideal conditions, and takes complete control of the circle,” said King Philip coach Jim Leonard. “She was absolutely dominant.”
The perfect game is the fourth no-hitter of Carnase’s career and the second perfect game this season for Warriors (five no-hitters total this season). Meg Rico was perfect against Canton on April 24 and was perfect through the seventh inning in a game against Coyle & Cassidy before a walk spoiled it.
“Both [Carnase and Rico] have been outstanding,” Leonard said. “Carnase has been as good as she could possibly be in every opportunity she’s had.”
After five starts, Carnase’s ERA still stands at 0.00 in 34 innings this season, while Rico’s in a minute 0.096.
“Not too many coaches have the luxury of having two pitchers that they have complete confidence in,” said Leonard.
With such perfectionists on the mound in Wrentham, some friendly competition between the two hurlers wouldn’t surprise anyone. However, according to Leonard the two aces are all about the team.
“[Rico and Carnase] are two of the most internally motivated girls I’ve ever seen. They know that they are each different kinds of pitchers, but the both have incredible respect for each other,” said Leonard.
Not to discourage other softball teams in Western Mass., but 17 games into last season KP had allowed 15 totals runs. They went on to defeat Milford 10-1 to take the state title. This season, through 17 games, they’ve allowed three runs.
Next Tuesday the Warriors will play host to undefeated Milford in a rematch of last season's state championship.
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