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Bonita Vista scores with a day off

04/06/2013, 10:53pm PDT
By Glae Thien | Special to the U-T

Rare day of rest works wonders for the Barons


Bonita Vista's Hannah Flippen rounds second as she heads for third as Bonita Vista defeated Torrey Pines in girls softball 10-1 Saturday.

Heading into Saturday’s deciding day of the Falcon Fiesta softball tournament, Bonita Vista senior Hannah Flippen and her teammates were rested after their first off-day of the season on Friday.

It worked wonders for the Barons. After winning a semifinal game, they topped host Torrey Pines 10-1 for their second tourney title in three years behind a 17-hit attack, including a 3-for-5 outing by Flippen with a triple and three runs scored.

Junior Alex Vargas added a key two-run homer while going 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the defending San Diego Section Division champion, and freshman pitcher Izzy Ortiz scattered nine hits in containing the reigning Division I champs.

Bonita Vista (9-4-1) had a break from practice on Friday to regroup following a 6-1 loss to Scripps Ranch the previous day.

“We decided to take a day off to focus on what our job is,” Barons coach John Carlson said. “Maybe it worked. Now they’ll want more days off. But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Actually, none are being requested by the Barons, who have a full slate of practice or games daily, excluding Sundays.

“It takes hard work, dedication and teamwork,” said Flippen, who was named the tourney’s Most Valuable Player. “That’s how we can accomplish the same goal from last year.”

The Barons have five returning starters from last year’s squad that won the first section crown in school history. Otherwise, their lineup includes four freshmen and a sophomore.

Vargas hit her second homer of the season to highlight a three-run rally that increased the lead over the Falcons (10-6-2) to 5-1 in the third inning. Earlier in the day, she went 3-for-4 to help key an 8-3 semifinal victory over Rancho Bernardo.

“Facing those great teams was a good challenge for us to become better,” Vargas said. “Winning it proves that we have a lot of talent.”

Ortiz, who recorded both wins on the day, received honors as the tourney’s Most Valuable Pitcher.

“I’m getting better progressively,” said Ortiz (7-1). “I didn’t expect this (award). I’m just really proud of my team.”

Sophomore Olivia Paz added four hits for the Barons, who benefited from four unearned runs.

In the other semifinal, Torrey Pines beat Steele Canyon 5-0.

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