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Lady Cougar softball squads split league games
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Seniors honored this past week for their contributions to the Lady Cougar softball program were, from left, Izzy Marsellis, Violette Kent, Shelby Wilder and Grace Spurgeon. Marg Jackson/The Times

After a walk off win on Wednesday, the breaks didn’t go Escalon’s way on Friday, as the varsity softball girls split their games for the past week.

They defeated Hughson by a 15-14 final in eight innings on May 1, celebrating Senior Night as well.

This year’s four seniors on the roster recognized prior to the game were Violette Kent, Izabelle Marsellis, Grace Spurgeon and Shelby Wilder.

Head coach Caitlin Brooks said the Wednesday game was decided in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run walk off double from Arianna Velasco.

“We had 15 hits total,” the coach added. “Madi Babasa went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Violette Kent went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer, Shelby Wilder went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in.”

Friday, it was a tough home finale, with Ripon coming in and shutting down the Escalon offense on the way to an 11-0 win on May 3. The game went just five innings, as Ripon took the victory via the 10-run rule.

Escalon stood at 3-6 in league, 6-15 overall entering the final week of TVL action.


Much like their varsity counterparts, the JV Lady Cougars got a split of their games during the week.

They took an 11-10 win over Hughson and then lost, 12-1, to Ripon.

Head coach Lexy Underwood said the Wednesday, May 1 contest at home against Hughson was a thriller.

“Great game, the girls stayed in it the whole seven innings,” she said. “Aniston Hunt threw the whole game allowing 10 hits and had five strikeouts. We played clean defense with no errors.”

Offensively, the home team erupted in the fourth inning, scoring 10 runs in that frame to take the lead.

“Chloe Green with a grand slam that helped bring back the energy,” Underwood said of the key hit in the contest. “Tyliann Holback, Chloe Green ad Gianna Wilson each had two hits.”

On Friday, the game went jut five innings, as Ripon 10-runned them, 12-1.

“Tough loss to Ripon. We were making contact with the ball, but were struggling with solid contact,” Underwood said. “Each team only had four hits.”

Defensive issues were a factor in the loss, with some passed balls and overthrows figuring in.

“Mia Bracamontes threw the first inning for us then Hunt took the mound,” Underwood noted. “Hunt had a total of six strikeouts.”

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Aniston Hunt pitched a complete game for the win on May 1 against Hughson and was also on the mound Friday, though the JV girls lost that TVL game to Ripon. Marg Jackson/The Times