Victory sounds sweet to Buhach Colony softball

slynch@mercedsunstar.comMay 13, 2013 

— ATWATER — Catrina Wilson didn't want to overthink her at-bat.

The Buhach Colony High shortstop didn't want to think about anything.

So with two runners on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Wilson stepped into the batter's box while singing a song in her head.

"It was a Les Miserables medley," Wilson said with a grin. "We've got a show coming up and I figured, why not practice?

"It's a pretty common thing for me. More than once I've been caught singing out loud while at practice."

If Wilson keeps producing like she did on Tuesday afternoon, a few more members of the Thunder may be getting their Glee on.

Wilson belted an Aliyah Ricks pitch to right field, just glancing off of the tip of the right fielder's glove for a walk-off double.

The 3-2 victory over Atwater gives BC sole possession of second place and the Central California Conference's second seed in the playoffs.

It was only fitting that Wilson provide the game-winning heroics after she made arguably the biggest defensive play of the afternoon in the eighth inning.

Atwater used a Brittany Massa single and a pair of walks to load the bases with no outs.

Buhach Colony pitcher Mary Castillo answered with a strikeout, but left a ball over the plate for Grace Santistevan.

The sophomore first baseman drilled a line drive that looked destined for the left-center gap.

Wilson leaped and caught the ball, before firing to third for an inning-ending double play.

"You can't load the bases with no one out and not score anything," Atwater coach Lori Kale said. "There was no one player that cost us this game. We did lots of little things as a team that really added up.

"We had base running errors. We didn't hit very well. You can't do those things in close games and hope to win."

Still, Atwater never trailed until the final at-bat.

Ricks got things going right away, tripling to lead off the game.

Hayley Lawrence drove her in with a sacrifice fly and Atwater (10-13-2, 9-6 CCC) took a 1-0 lead.

The Thunder (11-11-1, 10-5 CCC) wasted no time responding.

Castillo led off the bottom of the first with a single and came in to score on a Lauren Morris double.

The offense stopped there as Castillo and Ricks settled in.

Buhach Colony got runners in scoring position in the second, fourth and sixth innings, but Ricks danced her way out of trouble each time.

Atwater had far fewer scoring opportunities, just getting three hits off of Castillo (seven strikeouts) through the first six innings.

Despite their struggles at the plate, it was the Falcons who broke the deadlock in the seventh.

Gabrielle Avila (2 for 4) smacked an RBI double to put Atwater back on top 2-1.

The Falcons couldn't finish it off, though.

Jennifer Moreno drew a walk to open the bottom of the seventh and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt.

A wild pitch allowed Moreno to advance to third and set up pinch-hitter Miranda Collins for some heroics.

Collins hit a 3-2 pitch in between second and first that couldn't be handled, bringing Moreno home to tie the game and force extra innings.

"We told the girls after they went back on top that we were still in it and they just had to keep fighting," BC coach Michelle Osmer said. "So much was at stake, it really was like a playoff game.

"I thought both teams played great, we were just fortunate enough to come out on top."

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