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Rancho Bernardo hitters go bats

04/12/2013, 10:54pm PDT
By Terry Monahan

Every starter for the No. 2-ranked Broncos had at least one hit.

Rancho Bernardo junior Sara White, being congratulated after belting a two-run home run, took the day off from pitching but not hitting.

When you find out a 10-3 pitcher with a 1.03 ERA is not going to start a softball game, it’s time to rejoice.

The decision to rest Rancho Bernardo High junior Sara White turned out to be the worst news this week for Mt. Carmel.

Sophomore Kendall Brundrett tossed a four-hitter in her place and watched as her Broncos teammates bashed 21 hits for a 14-4 Palomar League victory Friday afternoon over the host Sundevils.

“We had how many hits?” asked Rancho Bernardo coach Summer Boyle. “We’ve kind of been doing this lately. We can play little ball if we have to, but there’s no drop-off in our lineup.”

Every starter for the No. 2-ranked Broncos (16-4, 2-0) had at least one hit.

Three starters had two hits and four starters had three hits, including White, whose day at shortstop included a single, double and her second homer this season in addition to three RBIs.

Eight different Broncos drove in runs.

“We’re a really good hitting team,” said the Notre Dame-bound White. “I know what we’re capable of and we’re capable of doing things like this. It’s about time we showed it.”

After a three-up, three-down first inning, the Broncos erupted for five runs in the second inning behind White’s run-scoring double, Elizabeth Mario’s two-run double, Brianna Burchianti’s run-scoring triple and Skylee James’ run-scoring double.

The win was so satisfying that White didn’t even miss not being in the circle, instead playing shortstop.

“I’m not in my own little bubble when I’m at shortstop,” White said. “I relate to my teammates better at shortstop, and I don’t let umpire calls affect me as much there.

“The tightness in my hips is something I’ve learned to live with. I’m not at 100 percent yet. I love playing shortstop because the hips don’t hurt as much, but I’m still a pitcher first.”

Brundrett, one of six sophomores in the starting lineup for the Broncos, allowed three earned runs on four hits. She struck out four in raising her record to 4-0 behind White.

Leadoff hitter Natalie Peters led Mt. Carmel (7-9, 0-2) with a 2-for-4 performance.

“When they swing like this, they’re fun to watch,” Boyle said. “There haven’t been too many teams holding us to two or three runs too many times this year.”

And that’s even worse news for the rest of the county.

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