It’s hard to top the freshman softball season of Horizon’s Hailey Boyett.
To complete her first high school campaign, Boyett pitched a one-hit shutout, hit a two-run blast for her first homer of the season and scored three runs in helping the Panthers claim their first San Diego Section championship since 1999.
Second-seeded Horizon topped No. 1 Christian 10-0 in the Division V final called after five innings because of the 10-run rule at UC San Diego on Saturday.
“I was confident in my team,” Boyett said. “We talked a little (beforehand), and we were just going to go out and play our game.”
Junior Katie Dowdy added two hits and three RBI for Horizon (17-8) in following in the footsteps of her older sister, Sarah Ruiz, who played on the 1999 title team.
“This is really important to me because I look up to my sister,” Dowdy said. “I was super nervous, but she just told me to have fun.”
The Panthers, under coach Tom Giamanco, recorded their second win of the playoffs over Christian (9-19), which reached the finals for the third time in four years.