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Late start no delay for Barons

05/21/2014, 10:39pm PDT
By Terry Monahan, Special to the U-T

Bonita Vista takes charge early in playoff win over Torrey Pines

Bonita Vista sophomore Brittany Wyllie slides in with a run as Torrey Pines catcher Shelby Evans handles the throw. The third-seeded Barons will face No. 2 Carlsbad in the next round of the Open Division playoffs.

— For her first high school softball playoff game, it went pretty much as expected.

Alyssa Graft had a blast.

The freshman shortstop drove in three runs to lead a 13-hit attack as No. 3-seeded Bonita Vista pounced on No. 6 Torrey Pines in a 9-2 victory in the opening round of the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs Wednesday on the Barons’ field.

“I was a little more nervous than normal,” said Graft. “It turned out to be what I thought it would feel like.

“After the first few innings, I thought we had it.”

That’s because Bonita Vista (17-5) scored a run in the first inning to tie the game 1-1 and then added three runs in the second, including Graft’s suicide squeeze for the final run of the rally.

The Barons never looked back as they won their eighth consecutive game to advance to Saturday’s next round at No. 2 Carlsbad (16-4).

The game, which started two hours late because one player was taking Advanced Placement testing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that had been delayed by last week’s fires, included 13 walks and a pair of Bonita Vista pitchers alternating the whole game.

Kaylynn Lopez-Liu socked a two-run home run for the Barons, who also got two-hit games from Ashley Quidolit, Carolyn Wright, Brittany Wyllie and Tianah Hathaway.

Senior first baseman Alex Vargas pitched the second and third innings to pick up the victory, improving her record to 9-2.

Vargas also pitched the final two innings in a second stint and allowed one hit.

“A win is a win,” Barons coach John Carlson said. “It was a strange game starting with the late start and then we ran ourselves out of about three innings.

“This time of year you just want to play one more game and now we will.”

Torrey Pines (16-12) will play host to West Hills (15-4-1) in an elimination game Saturday.

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