CARLSBAD The plan was to alternate pitchers during the softball game against powerful hitting Rancho Buena Vista High to throw off that attack a bit, but La Costa Canyon coach Mary Jo Griswold rediscovered her pitcher.
Bailey Conner got the starting nod for the first two Longhorn hitters and then Kayla Silverstein would come in and pitch to the rest of the lineup.
That was going to be the plan for Thursday’s game at LCC except that Silverstein pitched so well that she stayed in the pitching circle for the final five innings.
Conner and Silverstein surrendered four runs, all were unearned, in what turned out to be a 4-3 victory by the Avocado West League co-leading Longhorns.
Silverstein, who signed with Cal State Fullerton, pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five. Her two runs were unearned as the right-hander threw a first-pitch strike to 13 of the 26 batters she faced.
Not one Longhorn reached second base in the final five innings.
“That was the best thing I saw in the game along with how we battled after falling behind 4-0,’’ Griswold said. “She started the game as the designated player so we could rotate both pitchers, but she pitched so well, her best effort this season, I had to leave her in there.’’
Rancho Buena Vista, now ranked No. 6 in the county with an 18-5 record, remains tied with Carlsbad with a 6-2 record in league play and the Longhorns host Carlsbad on Tuesday.
Now fighting to secure a postseason berth, LCC is 11-14 overall and 3-4 in league play.