A June 1 Sports article incorrectly stated that Madison High School junior Lauren Frankiewicz was warned for illegal pitches in Monday's softball game; she was penalized but not warned. The article also said the illegal pitches were called because Frankiewicz's foot landed too far from the pitcher's rubber; the penalty was assessed because she moved too far laterally from the rubber. (Published 6/3/04)
For the second consecutive Northern Region tournament softball game, Madison junior Lauren Frankiewicz showed why she is among the most dominant pitchers in the area, striking out 15 to lead the Warhawks to a 4-2 win over Westfield last night at Falls Church.
Madison (21-4) will face Robinson, a 9-2 winner yesterday against W.T. Woodson, in Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. semifinal doubleheader at Falls Church. Oakton, which topped Langley, 2-0, and Hayfield, which defeated Lee, 6-1, in the other quarterfinals, will meet at 5:30.
In the first of yesterday's four games at Falls Church, Oakton (18-5), region runner-up last year to Madison, got all the runs it needed in the fourth inning when sophomore Jen Francis clubbed a two-run home run well over the fence in center field. Sophomore pitcher Jessie McCarrick earned the shutout. The loss snapped pitcher Paige Miller's 14-game winning streak against region opponents for Langley (21-4).
Senior pitcher Margie Marino helped Hayfield (20-5) continue its best season in 25 years by getting three hits, stealing two bases and driving in a run. She allowed just five hits. Teammates Kristen Moore and Jessie Smith also had two hits for the Hawks, who haven't reached the region semifinals since the late 1970s.
Robinson freshman shortstop Taylor Cunningham cracked a solo home run to lead off the third inning against the Cavaliers (12-12), sparking a four-run rally. The Rams (20-3) added five runs in the fourth. Seven of their players had at least one hit, and freshman Dorian Shaw and sophomore Kim Smith each drove in two runs.
"Our goal is to try to win every inning of every game," said Cunningham, who has five home runs and a slugging percentage of more than 1.000. "At this point, we all want to win so bad."
Robinson's offense has been the most prolific in the region, averaging nearly seven runs. The hard-throwing Frankiewicz, who had 18 strikeouts as part of a no-hit win over Falls Church on Friday, looked forward to the semifinal.
"If our offense is on, and our defense is on, we should be okay," said Frankiewicz, who last season was part of a staff that did not allow a run in the region tournament.
Yesterday, Frankiewicz drove in the game's first run, scoring Caitlin Davis, who opened the game with a double. Frankiewicz then struck out the first eight batters she faced and lost her no-hit bid when Linda Pirro doubled deep to left with two outs in the fourth.
Madison's Jenny Matthews singled in two runs in the fifth to help boost the lead to 4-0.
In the last three innings, Frankiewicz was warned several times by the umpire for making illegal pitches, as her foot landed too far from the rubber. The Bulldogs (13-10) rallied for two runs in the sixth and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs in the seventh.
"I've seen her make more than 1,500 pitches this year and they've never called it," said Coach Tammi Talley, who said her pitcher didn't deviate from her normal delivery.
Frankiewicz said she would spend today making any necessary adjustments.