It was a short-lived trip to the postseason for Escalon’s varsity softball girls.
After a 5-5 showing in the Trans-Valley League, finishing third, the girls were named the No. 9 seed in Division 4 of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
At No. 9, they had to go on the road. The game was scheduled on Tuesday, May 16 in Sacramento, hosted by the El Camino Eagles.
The final in the first round game saw Escalon falling by a 10-5 decision.
Starting out with a single run in the first, the Lady Cougars added three more runs in the third to build up a 4-0 advantage. But the home team Eagles erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead, 7-4, and never looked back.
Escalon added a run in the fifth to get to within 7-5, but El Camino put two runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of that frame, lengthening the lead to 9-5. They put an insurance run up in the bottom of the sixth, 10-5, and didn’t let the Lady Cougars mount a comeback in the top of the seventh.
Escalon ended the season with the 5-5 mark in league, 6-15 overall. El Camino advanced to the quarterfinals and lost to top-ranked Dixon, 5-1, on May 18.
Two Lady Cougar tennis players, Isabella Nalbandian and Rylie Lattig, qualified to move on to individual Section play at Oak Park in Stockton. They competed there on May 15. The two had held down the girls’ singles spots on the Escalon team, with Nalbandian playing at number one, Lattig at number two. Head coach Julianne Eavenson said Lattig lost in the first round against her Section opponent while Nalbandian got a first round win before bowing out in the quarterfinals.