The St. Patrick-St. Vincent High softball team has a conga line of hitters who can scramble pitchers' heads with the long ball. But Dott Bibb probably wasn't on the mind of Berean Christian pitcher Tia Uyehara on Saturday.
So when the sophomore left fielder muscled up for St. Patrick-St. Vincent, it wasn't a good sign for the visiting Eagles in the second round of the North Coast Section Division IV softball playoffs.
The second-seeded Bruins continued to get production from all over the order and eliminated 10th-seeded Berean Christian 12-2 in five innings to advance to the section semifinals Wednesday against Arcata.
Bibb hit her first homer of the season with a solo shot in the third inning and catcher Nicci Barker cracked a two-run shot over the center field fence in the fourth to highlight a 10-hit day for the Bruins.
"I was just trying to get on base and be productive," Bibb said. "My goal is just to go out there and have productive at-bats."
St. Patrick's (24-3) ended the 10-run rule game with a three-run fifth inning. First baseman Hannah Vaughn knocked in two with a two-run single and Marisa Kaluza ended it with an RBI single to right to score Zaria Meshack. Vaughn finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Bruins coach Rich Gigliotti was pleased with his team's aggressiveness and approach after it received a first round bye.
"I don't know how this is going to turn out, but right now, they are making it look really,
The Bruins led 2-1 after one inning. But in the second, Oregon-bound senior Andrianae White tripled to the fence in center, scoring Bibb and Samantha Maddox. White quickly scored on Vaughn's RBI single to make it 5-1.
Gigliotti acknowledged that was a critical inning as the Eagles gained some momentum back being down by just one run early in the game.
"Absolutely, that was a big at-bat there," he said. "If she doesn't get that hit and we get out, who knows what happens?"
White said the team was aware that both No. 1 Clear Lake and No. 3 Cloverdale were upset Friday -- meaning the Bruins will continue to host as long as they keep winning.
"That gives us some relief, but we're still very confident no matter who we face," said White, who was 2 for 4. "We also know any team can be beat."
Gigliotti said this team compares favorably with his 2008 and 2009 section championship teams, but also added that all four semifinalists have a chance to win the title.
At least after Saturday, the Bruins appear ready for the challenge.
"We're always trying to get a lot of hard-hit balls and put stress on the pitcher and make her work," Bibb said. "When we do that, we're hard to beat."
Kaluza worked five sturdy innings to notch another win. The right-hander allowed four hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter.
After allowing the run in the second, she retired eight in a row and didn't allow another hit until the fifth. Kaluza was particularly impressive against the Eagles' top six hitters, holding them to an 0 for 12 afternoon.
The Eagles (12-12) got RBI singles from Taylor Souza and Arianna Robertshaw for their two runs.