Lauren O'Leary, the ace pitcher of La Cañada High's softball team, went straight to the bullpen after giving up two runs in the third inning in a CIF Southern Section Division V semifinal game against South El Monte.
The hurler wanted to refine her delivery in hopes of not having another challenging inning.
"We were just trying to get back in sync and work out all the kinks," O'Leary said.
Everything started flowing for O'Leary from that point on at her home field. She retired the side in order in the top of the fourth and only allowed just three base runners the rest of the game, guiding the Spartans to a, 6-2, victory Tuesday.
The win propelled the Spartans into the CIF Southern Section Division V championship game.
No. 1 La Cañada (25-3) will get a chance to claim the division title at 5:15 p.m. Friday in a game against No. 2 Beaumont at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine.