In her final tune-up for the postseason last Saturday, Diaz struck out 19 batters as the Pirates defeated the Cubs 1-0 in the “majors” division championship game of the Southside American Little League. It was a six-inning contest, which means there was a maximum of 18 outs. The Cubs had two hits and a walk, and Diaz got all her outs on strikeouts. She picked up an extra strikeout after her catcher failed to catch a third strike, allowing a batter to reach first base without a throw.
“It wasn’t an easy lineup, either,” said her coach, Jose Diaz, who also happens to be her father. “In the championship game, we came to play.”
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