Carlsbad’s Adriana Huetter (center) is swarmed by teammates after her bunt in the sixth resulted in two runs and a 3-2 lead for the Lancers, who will play for the Division I title.
POWAY Hanna Wynn pitched on the junior varsity at Carlsbad High in 2012, but she heard all about the Lancers’ loss in extra innings to Torrey Pines in last year’s San Diego Section Division I championship game.
“We’re all tired of hearing about that game,” Wynn said. “It was time to do something about last year.”
The Lancers did just that, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning to rally for a 3-2 victory over those same Falcons in the Division I softball semifinals Thursday at Sportsplex USA.
But Carlsbad’s work isn’t complete. Torrey Pines beat Poway 8-0 in an elimination game Thursday night, meaning the Lancers and Falcons will face each other for the title again Saturday at UCSD.
Wynn, a junior who improved to 6-4, allowed a leadoff double in the seventh inning, but a one-out liner back to Wynn was turned into a game-ending double play and a ticket to Saturday’s finals.
“I tried to make sure I didn’t throw it away,” Wynn said. “Make sure the throw is at least right to the bag.”
Top-seeded Carlsbad (24-8) won its eighth straight game by taking advantage of a pair of misplayed bunts in the sixth inning.
Amanda Domingo opened with a single and was sacrificed to second, but the Falcons failed to get an out on the play.
Another sacrifice put runners at second and third, setting up a suicide squeeze bunt by Adriana Huetter that was thrown away by Torrey Pines pitcher Rachel Nasland. The play allowed Domingo and Taylor Gardner to score, wiping out a 2-1 lead by the Falcons (20-9-2).
“You have to make things happen against Nasland,” Carlsbad coach Dan Worley said. “We were watching her pitch count because she tends to lose a little once she gets near 100. The idea was to make her throw as many pitches as possible and be there at the end. You aren’t going to get a lot of scoring chances against her.”
Wynn, who pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief of starter Shelley Procter, allowed three hits and no runs in winning her third straight game in relief.
In all three games, the Lancers rallied for the win.
Carlsbad took a 1-0 lead on Erika Piancastelli’s solo homer in the second inning, her third of the season.