LOS BANOS — Base-running blunders. Erratic pitching.
Buhach Colony softball coach Bobby Dallas would like to say he was surprised by the way his team started its Central California Conference title defense, but...
"It's been like that all year with us," Dallas said. "We make a lot of young mistakes.
"We'll show flashes of being really good — I mean really good — and then we revert back like this. The key is consistency."
Hitting turned the trick on Wednesday.
Cassie Kalapsa started it with a double off the outfield wall and BC kept swinging to pound out 12 hits in a 7-1 victory.
BC (8-3, 1-0 CCC) won despite giving up five hits and making four errors.
"I was getting a little concerned," Dallas said of the early follies. "Last season we started 1-2 and had to battle back. I didn't want to have to do that again."
His lineup took care of that: Brianna Fulkerson and Kayla Clarot had three hits apiece and Morgana Dallas had a two-run single in the seventh.
But it all started with Kalapsa's drive in the fourth — into a swirling wind, no less. It banged off the top of the wall, driving in Morgana Dallas. Fulkerson later scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-1.
"It was a perfect pitch for me," Kalapsa said. "It set the tone and gave everyone some momentum."
Los Banos (4-8, 0-1) had its own issues.The defense mishandled five balls and and three Los Banos players were caught in rundowns.
MERCED 6, PITMAN 0, at Pitman — Taylor Gross tossed a two-hitter as the Bears opened the CCC by beating the Pride.
ATWATER 9, TURLOCK 0, at Atwater — Danielle Vineyard fired a four-hitter and the Falcons scored eight runs in the final two innings to open CCC play with a lopsided win over the Bulldogs.
MODESTO CHRISTIAN 11, RIVERBANK 6, at Riverbank — Rachel Borges went 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored in leading the Crusaders (6-2, 2-0) past the Bruins (0-2 TVL).
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 204, PATTERSON 267, at Diablo Grande Legends — The unbeaten Raiders (9-0, 7-0 WAC) had three players shoot in the 30s against the Tigers (3-2 WAC) in their first round on the Diablo Grande Legends course: William Bettencourt at 2-over 38, and Victtor Lopez and Jacob Smart at 39.
JOHANSEN 195, ENOCHS 243, at Creekside — Daniel Covrig (37), Ryan May (38) and Nathan Bolinger (39) led the Vikings (7-0 MMC) over the Eagles (2-5). May had a chip-in eagle on the par-5 No. 6.
"We shot 196 yesterday as well," noted Johansen coach Dan Boer. "The team's playing well right now. Daniel had a 3-under yesterday, he backed it up with a 37 today."
DOWNEY 228, DAVIS 236, at Dryden Park — Brooks Morris chipped in for eagle on the 326-yard par-4 No. 1 en route to a 2-over-par 38 that led the Knights (2-5) over the Spartans (0-7).
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, LIVINGSTON 1, at Modesto — Nicole Meyer scored two goals, leading the Raiders (7-4-1, 3-0) past the Wolves in a WAC contest.