Kaylynn Pierce smacked her hands together, let out a scream of jubilation, and jumped into the arms of her teammates. The Westview High senior pitcher had been waiting to celebrate a win like this since March.
The right-hander delivered her first complete game — a three-hit gem — since coming back from a torn labrum in her right shoulder, and led the fifth-seeded Wolverines to a 3-1 softball victory over No. 4 Rancho Bernardo on Wednesday in a first-round San Diego Section Open Division playoff game.
The UC Riverside-bound Pierce, who was out from the middle of March through early May while undergoing physical therapy for her shoulder, allowed two hits in the first inning and one in the sixth as part of a gritty 132-pitch effort.
“I was so pumped and so happy that we won,” Pierce said of her postgame celebration. “It was probably one of the best feelings I have had so far since coming back, especially since it came against RB. They are a really good team and have some great batters.”
The Wolverines (23-4-1) advanced to the second round of the winners’ bracket and will face No. 1 Poway (21-7) Saturday at 10 a.m. at Poway. The Broncos (15-10) will host an elimination game against No. 8 San Marcos (10-16) at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Bri Sanders contributed two RBI singles for Westview, including one in the seventh inning that broke a 1-1 tie. Sarah Stone, who finished with two hits, made it 3-1 with a sacrifice fly two batters later.