Debbie DeJohn admitted she was nervous when her Westminster High School teammates entered the top of the sixth inning trailing host Newbury Park by two runs.
"But after we got that first hit," DeJohn said, "I knew we'd score."
Actually, it was an error, but no matter to DeJohn and the Lions. The misplay helped Westminster score three times in the inning and go on to defeat the Panthers, 4-2, Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section 4-A softball playoffs.
DeJohn, who improved her record to 21-9, allowed only two hits while striking out three. She also hit the game-tying single in the sixth inning.
Newbury Park's Debbie Dickmann carried a 2-0 lead into the sixth, having given up just two hits.
But she got into trouble when Kim Wolf hit a ground ball to short and first baseman Delores Decker dropped the throw.