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Athlete of the Week: Faulkner adds perfecto to resume
April 15, 2014, 05:00 AM By Terry Bernal Daily Journal

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Carlmont senior Rebecca Faulker was perfect against Burlingame April 10 to win her 10th game of the season in style.

The legacy of Carlmont softball speaks for itself.

Seven Central Coast Section titles and last appearing in the championship game in 2012 in a Division I loss to San Benito. Scots left-hander Rebecca Faulkner was a sophomore on that team. Now a senior, she has amassed quite some momentum in the quest to bring Carlmont its eighth crown.

Faulkner owns a 46-10 career record and won her 10th game of the season April 10 against Burlingame. She did so in style, hurling the first perfect game of her high school career. Because of the remarkable feat, Faulkner has been named the San Mateo Daily Journal Athlete of the Week.

Having thrown five previous no-hitters in her career, last week’s six-inning gem in Carlmont’s 12-0 mercy-rule romp was her first perfecto.

“Rebecca is always reliable,” Carlmont head coach Jim Liggett said. “You can count on her to have a good game. She’s not going to walk anyone … and she’s going to have about a strikeout and inning.”

Faulkner only had four strikeouts against Burlingame, but relied on her outstanding infield defense of Mariko Kondo, Kelsey Ching, Christy Peterson and Gabriella Pons. The Scots infield tabbed seven assists, not counting Faulkner’s four.

The reason Faulkner has found her groundball mojo is because of a drop ball she has refined since the outset of the year. It’s an effective weapon for a team that has committed just three defensive errors this season.

Faulkner threw her first no-hitter as a freshman April 26, 2011, against Burlingame. She didn’t have any no-no’s as a sophomore but bounced back in 2013 to total three. She threw one on opening day of her junior campaign on Feb. 20, 2013, against Woodside. Her second of that season was on March 16, 2013, against St. Ignatius. Just over a month later, she threw her third on April 18, 2013, against Capuchino. Earlier this season on March 25, she no-hit Cap again.

Bound for UC Riverside in the fall, Faulkner is one in a line of the pitching-rich tradition at Carlmont. Liggett’s illustrious tenure has seen a number of Division I arms, including Gail Dean in the ‘70s, Deanna Earsley in the ‘80s, Tori Nyberg in the ‘90s and the 21st century being highlighted by Ashley Chin and Jerrica Castagno.

Dean, who went on to pitch at San Jose State, was inducted into the Spartans Hall of Fame in 1989. Earsley went on to become an All-American at Utah State. Nyberg and Chin both pitched at Stanford. And Castagno pitched at Santa Clara University.

“Those are five of many,” Liggett said. “So we’ve had a group of good girls here.”

Obviously another good one, Faulkner gets it done with the bat as well in the circle. While going 3-0 last week — Faulkner also tabbed wins April 8 against Half Moon Bay and April 9 against Woodside — she totaled five hits, including a 3-for-4 showing in the perfect game.

Faulkner’s arm is her ticket to ride though. And with Carlmont currently in first place with an undefeated 6-0 record in the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division and 16-3 overall, the Scots are primed to make a serious run as seeing Faulkner finish her prep career with a long-awaited CCS crown.



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