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Willow Glen senior sends Rams to NorCal D-II softball final on walkoff

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SAN JOSE –  There were two outs in the bottom of the seventh and a tied score. Extra innings were beckoning.

Katelynn Dilbeck had another idea. The senior catcher ripped a line-drive double to left field, and Lea Crawford scored from second to send the home crowd into a frenzy as Willow Glen defeated Tracy 3-2 Thursday in a Northern California Division II softball semifinal.

“That’s every softball player’s dream,” Dilbeck said. “It was an inside pitch and I saw that pitch pretty well. It was the pitch I was waiting for.”

The Rams are now one win away from repeating as NorCal Division II champions.

“We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season,” said Dilbeck, who had three hits in four at-bats.. “I’m proud of where we’ve come and we’re not done yet.”

Willow Glen's Katelynn Dilbeck (25) celebrates her walk-off single with Willow Glen's Catalina Medina (16) which scored Willow Glen's Lea Crawford (35) to beat Tracy 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning for their 2024 CIF NorCal Division II semifinal game at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 30, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Willow Glen’s Katelynn Dilbeck (25) celebrates her walk-off single with Willow Glen’s Catalina Medina (16) which scored Willow Glen’s Lea Crawford (35) to beat Tracy 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning for their 2024 CIF NorCal Division II semifinal game at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 30, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

Tracy (25-5-1) took an early lead with two runs in the top of the third on one hit, two walks, a hit batter and an error.

But Willow Glen (24-7) answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

Freshman center fielder and spark-plug leadoff hitter Catalina Medina started it off with a single. Dilbeck followed with a single to left. Then Alanna Clincy ripped an opposite-field liner that the Tracy right fielder got a glove on, but could not secure. The ball fell to the ground, two runs scored and Clincy pulled into third base with a triple.

So it was 2-2 after three and it stayed that way until Dilbeck’s walk-off in the seventh.

Willow Glen's Alanna Clincy (89) hits a two-run triple against Tracy in the third inning for their 2024 CIF NorCal Division II semifinal game at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 30, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
Willow Glen’s Alanna Clincy (89) hits a two-run triple against Tracy in the third inning for their 2024 CIF NorCal Division II semifinal game at Willow Glen High School in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday, May 30, 2024. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 



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