Carlsbad pitcher Shelley Procter avenged a rocky outing against Rancho Buena Vista last month by allowing two hits in a 4-1 win over the Longhorns.
VISTA The last time Carlsbad High pitcher Shelley Procter faced Rancho Buena Vista was more like a horror show.
So were her statistics.
But 19 days later, Procter was right back in the pitching circle against the Longhorns without hesitation.
And with something to prove.
Procter, a senior right-hander, did just that by allowing the No. 5-ranked Longhorns two hits en route to a 4-1 victory Tuesday that left the No. 6 Lancers alone atop the Avocado West League softball standings.
Carlsbad can clinch the league crown outright by beating La Costa Canyon at home Thursday.
Additionally, the Lancers (20-8, 7-2) spoiled Senior Day for the Longhorns (18-6, 6-3), who had their six-game winning streak snapped.
“Last time was not me,” said Procter, trying not to think about that 14-6 thumping Carlsbad took at home from Rancho Buena Vista on April 18. “That was my worst game of the whole season.”
Procter started that first game and failed to make it out of the second inning. She returned later in that same game and wound up throwing 5?2/3 innings that day, giving up 10 hits and 12 runs.
All of those runs were earned.
This time it was a different Procter. Her complete-game performance, the Lancers’ fifth consecutive victory, included just one walk and three strikeouts.
After two errors led to an unearned run in the first inning, the Longhorns had just one more runner in scoring position and that came in the second inning with the help of one of Carlsbad’s three errors.
Over the final 5?2/3 innings, Procter allowed just two runners on a single by Sarah Fischer and a single by Kali Pugh.
“She was on today,” RBV coach Theresa Murillo said. “She just came to win and we didn’t get any hits, but we’re not done yet.”
Procter, who has 11 shutouts after helping Carlsbad reach the San Diego Section Division I finals only to lose 1-0 to Torrey Pines in 2012, improved her record to 13-2 for the season.
“I wanted to beat them badly after last time,” said Procter, who will attend Long Island University. “We worked on throwing more risers because it seemed like they knew what I was throwing every pitch.
“I knew this would be better. It had to be. Last time was the worst game of the season by far.”
Carlsbad tied the game 1-1 with a third-inning run on sophomore Amanda Domingo’s single to cash in an error.
Domingo was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases to lead Carlsbad’s eight-hit attack along with Maddie Langston, who was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
In the fourth inning, a walk started a three-run rally as Evelyn Delgado’s grounder gave Carlsbad a 2-1 lead. Taylor Gardner singled in the second run and Gardner scored the final run on a wild pitch.
That was more than enough the way Procter, who made 99 pitches, kept the Longhorns’ hitters off balance.
“Throw out our last meeting,” Carlsbad coach Dan Worley said. “That wasn’t us and it wasn’t Shelley.
“The girls were really focused last week and this week waiting for this game. It was hard keeping them from thinking about RBV until today got here.”
Procter had been thinking about the game for 19 days.
Saturday: San Diego Section postseason pairings announced.
Tuesday: Playoffs begin.
May 23: Last round of double elimination; finalists determined.
May 25: Championship games in five divisions starting at 9 a.m. at UC San Diego.