Triple threat Flores leads BC

ATWATER — Central California Conference coaches might as well throw away their scouting reports from last year on Kayleena Flores.

The Buhach Colony junior was a slap hitter last season, laying down bunts or hitting the ball on the ground to earn hits with speed. Teams had no reason to fear her power.

"I hated it," Flores said. "It was disrespectful to see the outfield come in and play on the dirt. I don't want to be known as a slap hitter."

That label won't stick now.

The leadoff hitter put on a show Tuesday, ripping a pair of triples to drive in two runs and score two more in BC's 10-0 rout of Golden Valley.

"She's hit the ball well for us all year," said coach Dan McGhee, whose club (5-5, 2-1) evened its overall record. "We beat Turlock on her home run in the eighth inning. She's been our spark."

Flores worked over the summer to be a more complete hitter. If she wasn't working with a hitting coach, she was hitting with her father.

"She's young, so in her eyes she sees it as disrespectful when teams move in," McGhee said. "When she gets older, she'll realize it's the opposite. It's a show of respect for her ability to make contact and her speed."

Flores led off the bottom of the first with a line-drive triple to left. Stacy Wine drove Flores home with a flyball to center to give BC a 1-0 lead.

BC broke it open with a seven-run third that featured seven hits. Flores had two hits in the inning, including a two-run triple, and pitcher Alex Molina helped herself with a two-run single in the inning.

Molina struck out nine and the game was called after six innings due to a mercy rule.