Thunder softball rolls at GV

Buhach Colony wins in conference opener

slynch@mercedsunstar.comMarch 12, 2013 

Michelle Osmer has been forced to tinker.

Injuries and inconsistency have prevented the Buhach Colony High softball coach from running the same lineup out in consecutive games in the opening month of the season.

The Thunder may have moved a step closer to finding the right formula on Wednesday afternoon.

Osmer's squad busted out for a season-high 14 runs on 14 hits in a 14-5 Central California Conference opening victory over Golden Valley at Joe Herb Park.

"We've had ankles. We've had little nicks," Osmer said. "We just haven't been able to find a set lineup yet.

"Even today we were still moving a few pieces around. The good thing was we went up to the plate aggressively and it paid off."

Buhach Colony certainly went up hacking, particularly right after a Golden Valley miscue.

The Cougars' Shyan Crutcher pitched better than her numbers indicate, but didn't get the defensive help she needed.

Golden Valley (1-6 overall, 0-1 CCC) committed five errors in the first two innings as the Thunder (2-4, 1-0 CCC) jumped out to a 10-0 lead.

To add insult to injury, all of the errors came with an opportunity to limit or prevent any Buhach damage.

Three errors and three singles helped the Thunder plate four runs in the first inning.

Buhach Colony bettered that mark in the second inning.

Osmer's squad loaded the bases with two down when Dyonne Vargas crushed a ball to left field. The left fielder got herself in position, but came up empty as Vargas cleared the bases with a double.

Golden Valley couldn't stem the bleeding as a single and two more dropped fly balls plated three more runs and gave Buhach a 10-0 lead.

"Everybody just seemed to put the bat on the ball today," said Vargas who was 3 for 5 with a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. "We all went up looking for hits. We haven't always done this, so it was nice to finally bust off."

Despite the massive lead, GV didn't go quietly.

The Cougars twice fended off being mercy-ruled, with the top of its order doing the damage.

Crutcher got the Cougars on the board with a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the third.

She was also the last of three consecutive triples as Golden Valley tacked on three more runs in the fifth.

Those were the only real blemishes on the day for BC's Mary Castillo.

The junior was filthy at times, scattering six hits over seven complete innings while striking out 16.

"We've got some kids that are ineligible and I sat a few starters today, so that hurt a little. But other girls have to step up and make plays," Golden Valley coach Ross Cruickshanks said. "The other problem was we got caught looking, like, 13 times.

"Mary has obviously gotten better than last year and pitched a very good game, but we have to make some adjustments."

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