CARLSBAD Don’t look now, but the Longhorns are back.
After opening the Avocado West League softball race with a pair of losses, Rancho Buena Vista High may have found itself in the nick of time.
The Longhorns capped their comeback week with a 14-6 victory Thursday thanks to Amanda Godoy’s three-run home run and a pair of two-run blasts by sophomore Falepolima Aviu and freshman Sarah Fischer.
This outburst came just two days after a 14-4 thumping of La Costa Canyon after losing to Fallbrook (5-4) and El Camino (6-4) in league play.
Rancho Buena Vista (14-5, 2-2) took advantage of 12 hits and 12 walks to knock off the No. 3-ranked Lancers (15-8-1, 2-2).
“Sometimes, you have bad days,” RBV coach Theresa Murillo said. “This was a great day for us.
“The girls were focused from the moment we got here. I doubt focus will be a problem the rest of the way.”
Leading the way was Godoy, a senior catcher. She was 3-for-4 with her second homer of the season and four RBIs. Her three-run homer in the seventh inning capped the day’s scoring.
“We can play this way every game,” Godoy said. “We’re that good. This is a good time to peak with the end of the season coming up.”
After Godoy’s first-inning single gave the Longhorns a 1-0 lead, Carlsbad answered with three runs behind Adriana Huetter’s two-run single and Erika Piancastelli’s run-scoring single.
Aviu’s homer tied the game 3-3 and Fischer’s shot put RBV ahead 5-3 only to have Robyn Ukegawa of Carlsbad single in two runs to tie the game 5-5 after two innings.
Allison Chesterton’s third-inning single put RBV ahead 7-5 and Carlsbad answered with one run on Amanda Domingo’s double.
“Going in, I figured we’d have to score five runs to win with their bats,” Carlsbad coach Dan Worley said. “Unfortunately, we needed more than that. Their first four or five hitters are very good and we’re not going to win many slugfests.”
RBV put the final touches on its return to contender status with a five-run seventh inning as Kali Pugh, who walked four times, singled in two runs and Godoy homered.
“As a hitter, this is a great day,” Godoy said. “Crouching behind home plate is hard enough, so if we’re going to play a long game we might as well win.
“This was one of our best days yet. As long as we do our best from here on out, I’ll be happy.”
The rest of the Avocado West League won’t be as happy.