The California Commotion won its second straight ASA Women's Major
Nationals championship Saturday night at Rose Mofford Park in Phoenix, AZ.
Nationals MVP and Bertha Tickey award winner Lisa Fernandez was in top
form for Commotion, stopping the Southern California Jazz cold with a
1-hitter in a 4-0 victory. Fernandez struck out 10 and had a perfect game
until Stacey Nuveman's line-drive single to right field leading off the fifth.
Commotion scored the only run it would need in the top of the third. With
one out, Jenny Condon dropped a bunt single and moved to second on a wild
pitch. Dot Richardson followed with a bloop single just in front of left
fielder Teri Klement, whose diving attempt caused the ball to roll toward
the left-field line. Condon scored, with Richardson moving to second base
as center fielder Kim Pietro retrieved the ball.
Pietro's throw home was cut off by first baseman Kim Wuest, who caught
Richardson in a rundown midway between second and third. Second baseman
Sarah Pickering took Wuest's feed and fired to third baseman Nina
Lindenberg, who dropped the ball as she attempted to tag Richardson.
Amy Chellevold followed with a routine grounder to shortstop. But her
extreme speed forced Lisa Pitt to rush a throw to first, and Pitt's attempt
flew over Wuest's head (not an easy thing to do), scoring Richardson with
the second run.
In the fifth, Condon stepped up again. This time the No.9-hitter drew a
walk. Richardson moved her along as Pitt muffed a fielding attempt.
Fernandez, with two out, hit a ground-ball single to right field to score
Condon from second base.
The final run came in the seventh. Condon, who for no good reason was left
off the All-America squad, singled to right. Richardson moved her along
with a bunt and a passed ball placed Condon at third. Chellevold's
line-drive single to center put icing on the cake.
Fernandez accepted the Tickey award from Tickey herself. It was her second
such award, the other coming in 1992 when Fernandez pitched for the
Raybestos Brakettes out of Stratford, CT.
Later Sunday I will have a JPEG photo file of my scorecard available on my
web site. There you'll be able to see who hit the ball well and who didn't
and maybe discern the flow of this game.
The game started at 9:25 p.m. and ended at 11:07 p.m. The temperature
remained a steady 86 degrees F throughout.