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Two Tournament Game Wins For Varsity Girls
Varsity softball coach Art Brooks talks over the situation with baserunner Mackenzie Duval, 1, in recent home action. The varsity girls traveled this week and won a pair of make-up games in the Jackson Tournament. Marg Jackson/The Times

Making up previously rained out games in the Jackson Tournament on Friday, the Escalon varsity lady Cougars won them both in decisive fashion.

“First we took on Yosemite of Oakhurst and we won 14-0,” said head coach Art Brooks. “It was a run-shortened game.”

The offense was clicking on all cylinders, with two runs in the first, four in the second, three in the third and five in the fourth. Chardae Hoskins was 3-for-4 with a triple and four runs batted in, while Molly Brown was 3-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBI. Ashley Duval was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, Natalie Arnold was 2-for-3 with a run batted in.

“We also got single hits from Mackenzie Duval, Haylie Corriea had a double, Hailie Webster had a triple,” noted Brooks. “Cindy DeFreitas had a hit, so did Emily Avalos.”

Even with all that offense, Brooks said the real story of the show came on the other side of the diamond.

“Chardae pitched a perfect game, striking out eight,” the coach said.

Taking the field for a second game later in the day, it was more of the same as a 20-0 win against Delta Charter came for the Lady Cougars.

“The offense was stellar, we got contributions from everyone,” Brooks said, adding that they also capitalized on walks and errors.

Five runs in the first, 13 in the second and two in the third added up to the 20 runs.

Highlights were Corriea’s three-run homer, Mackenzie Duval getting on base four times and stole four bases, DeFreitas was 2-for-2 with two RBI, Ashley Duval and Laura Brasil added hits as well. Morgan Reider was on base three times.

Molly Brown got the start and pitched well, getting the win in the run-shortened game, striking out 10 while walking one and allowing one hit. She helped her own cause with two hits and a pair of runs batted in.

Though the Jackson Tournament didn’t have an official champion, Brooks noted that his team won all four games they played. This week, they were scheduled to host Pacheco on Tuesday, after The Times went to press, and then will travel to West High School in Tracy for games in the NorCal Tournament on Thursday and Friday.