Every time Barron Collier’s Brianna Bartuccio took to the rubber in the South Florida Slam Fest tournament, she was tasked with shutting down one of the best offenses in the state. Every time, she was able to deliver thanks to her “wicked” change-up.
“She has been really good and when she comes back with that change-up, hitters look foolish,” Barron coach Tom Resop said.
In the opening round of the tournament, Bartuccio pitched a perfect game to lead the Cougars to a 3-0 win over Melbourne, striking out six.
“Honestly, I had no clue until (my teammates) came up to me and said ‘Tucc, you just threw a perfect game,” Bartuccio said. “I didn’t know. I was just focused in and taking it batter by batter.
“It was the entire team. We all had a perfect game.”
The next day against Delray Beach-American Heritage, Bartuccio was back on the bump for the Cougars. The senior handed Heritage its first loss in nearly two years. She threw another complete game allowing two runs — none earned — on four hits, walking one and striking out three in a 3-2 win.
“It was a tough game,” Bartuccio said. “They started getting around on (my fastball) so (catcher) Haleigh (Ross) switched it up a little and I was able to finish strong.”
If that wasn’t enough, Bartuccio had to step up in the title game against Gulliver Prep in the final game of the tournament. With her team trailing 3-0, Bartuccio came on in relief. She was able to shut down the defending state champs for 2.1 innings, striking out three, as the Cougars stormed back for seven runs to give Bartuccio her third victory of the tournament.
She was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament for her efforts.
“She has been tremendous for us,” Resop said. “She has really come into her own as a senior this year.”
Ann Buersmeyer, Community School lacrosse — Tallied 10 goals and eight assists in two victories last week.
Shannon Etten, Barron Collier tennis — Went undefeated No. 1 singles and doubles as Cougars won the title at Blue Angel Southern Invite in Pensacola.
Marinna Shadley, Golden Gate softball — Pitched 11 innings in 3-2 win over Cape Coral-Mariner, going 6-for-6 from the plate.
Kacy Smith, Estero cross country — Won the 800 meters and 4x800 and 4x400 relays at the Lee County Athletic Conference meet.