LIVERMORE -- On a busier day than normal on the infield, Amador Valley High shortstop Ashley Lotoszynski made all the clutch plays.
Then she delivered at the plate.
The UC Davis-bound senior drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning as the Dons, ranked No. 2 nationally, survived host Granada 3-1 on Wednesday in a meeting between the East Bay Athletic League's top two softball teams.
Lotoszynski's single up the middle scored courtesy runner Emily Roskopf from second base to break a 1-1 tie. Lotoszynski scored later in the inning on Victoria Molina's sacrifice fly, providing the unbeaten Dons some insurance against the second-place Matadors.
Lotoszynski was just as critical on defense against a robust Granada lineup that was averaging seven runs per game in EBAL play. Granada coach Johnny Heinz thought her glove work and cannon of an arm saved at least two runs.
"Their shortstop just played out of her mind," Heinz said.
Lotoszynski's most outstanding defensive play preserved a 1-0 lead for Amador Valley (17-0, 7-0 EBAL) in the bottom of the third. With a runner on second, she made a diving stop to her right on a ground ball by Granada leadoff hitter Taylor Zehr and fired to first for the third out.
She made another diving stop to rob Kassidee Rusniak of a hit in the bottom of the sixth and assisted eight outs total.
"She came out today with a totally different energy," pitcher Johanna Grauer said of her shortstop. "Obviously she's always good, but she just had this different attitude today and was really killing it. It seemed like if they weren't striking out it was a (ball) hit to her."
Grauer, who is headed to UCLA, allowed four hits and struck out eight but lost the shutout when the bottom of the Matadors' lineup put together a two-out rally in the fifth. Isabel Gonzalez-Velarde doubled and scored on a base hit by ninth place hitter Alyssa Gonzalez to tie the game at 1-1.
But despite becoming just the second team to score an earned run off the Amador Valley ace this season, the tie was short-lived for Granada (14-3, 5-2 EBAL).
Grauer led off the next inning with her second single of the day to set up a two-run inning.
Granada also had a chance to score in the fourth, but had a runner picked off rounding third base on a double off the wall by Tabitha Heinz for the first out.
Amador Valley scored an unearned run in the third to take a 1-0 lead.
"We blew a couple opportunities," Johnny Heinz said. "One or two mistakes against good teams, that's the difference. I think we hit the ball fairly well, they just made plays."
EBAL Amador Valley 3, Granada 1
Amador Valley 001 002 0-- 3 6 0
Granada 000 010 0-- 1 4 2
Grauer and Molinda. Johnston and Zehr. W: Grauer. L: Johnston. 2B: Perez (AV), Heinz (G), Velarde (G). Records: Amador Valley 17-0, 7-0 EBAL; Granada 14-3, 5-2 EBAL. Highlights: AV -- Grauer 2 for 3; CG, 1 ER, 8 K, BB; Lotoszynski 1 for 3, RBI, R; Masajlo 2 for 3. G -- Gonzalez-Velarde 2 for 3, R; Gonzalez 1 for1, RBI.