With only a half-hour to recover from their semifinal game against Marana, the Sierra Vista Buena softball team had to lean on standout Kailin Wilson to beat Desert View 4-3 for the Tucson Badger Invitational championship at Cherry Field.
Things started well for the Colts as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles from seniors Danielle Stensby and Wilson in the bottom of the first inning. But after that, the Colts didn't produce a serious scoring threat until the sixth inning.
"We might have been a little slow to start with, fielding-wise," said Wilson. "And then our hitting died off a little, but then it came back up."
Desert View scored one run in the second and took a 3-2 lead in the third after two throwing errors from Buena catcher Kayleigh Leblanc allowed two runs to come in.
Down by one, the Colts turned the ball over to their star Wilson with one out in the fourth, and from that point on, it was her game.
Wilson retired the first seven batters she faced, striking out six. In the bottom of the sixth, she tied the game at three with a solo home run. An RBI single by junior Maddie Bachelier gave the Colts the 4-3 lead that they never relinquished.
"Kaitlin is a top-notch player, and she's done a lot of good things for us," Buena coach Mark Schaefer said. "We still have some adjustments to make, but this was a great win for our team, and it'll give us a lot of confidence."