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DIVISION II: West Hills becomes the ultimate bracket buster

05/28/2011, 10:07pm PDT
By Eric Shannon, Special to the U-T

Tenth-seeded Wolf Pack upsets No. 1 Bonita Vista for title

The West Hills softball team makes clear what it feels like to be a champion after the Wolf Pack upset No.?1 Bonita Vista in the finals at UCSD.

Please ignore the “No.?10” next to West Hills.

The Wolf Pack finished their improbable run to the San Diego Section Division II softball title Saturday, defeating top-seeded Bonita Vista 4-0 at UCSD.

West Hills (19-10) stormed through the playoffs as the No.?10 seed, a year after falling in the championship game to Mt. Carmel as the top seed.

“When we came in the 10 seed, it was more just shutting teams out, and proving to them that we wanted to come back the second year in a row and win it all,” West Hills junior pitcher Noelle Johnson said.

Johnson allowed two hits and no walks in a complete game, while striking out seven on just 68 pitches. She also held the Barons (34-2) to two hits Thursday, but an unearned run allowed Bonita Vista to advance 1-0 in the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

The Barons had scored 329 runs in their previous 34 games and were ranked 13th in the nation, according to


Freshman third baseman Cortney Horne started the offense for West Hills in the fourth with a one-out double to right-center that scored Taylor Hallahan. Katie Byrd followed with an RBI single.

The Wolf Pack added two insurance runs in the seventh on a Jamie Bush fielder’s choice and Hallahan’s RBI single. Hallahan finished 3-for-4.

“I just had to get that hit to get my team pumped up to win the game,” Horne said.

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