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Softball Falls To Central Catholic In Season Finale
Trying to pick off the runner leading away from first, the throw down the line is taken by Emily Vickers, hoping to put down the tag. The Central Catholic runner got back safely. Marg Jackson/The Times

A hugely successful season for Escalon’s varsity softball girls saw them put together a 15-2 overall record, playing in the Valley Oak League for this year.

Their only two losses came to the same team – Central Catholic – which handed Escalon just its second loss of the campaign in the season finale on May 26.

Playing at Rainbow Fields, the host Central Catholic Raiders jumped on Escalon for four runs in the top of the first but that was all they would get. They made it stand up, however, in the 4-2 final.

“They came out with their bats on fire in the first inning with three seeing eye hits in a row and a home run by Addison Machado to give them a 4-0 lead,” Escalon head coach Jeff Borden explained. “That’s all they got as Brooke Davis struck out six in her four innings of work.”

Madison Hagglund pitched the final two innings, allowing just two hits and no runs.

“We left a runner on base in two of our first five innings and finally broke through in the fifth,” said Borden. “Malia Babasa led off with her second hit of the game and Macie Vickers drove her in with a blast off the centerfield fence for a double. Brooke Davis then drove Macie in and was stranded at first base.”

Those were the only two runs the Lady Cougars could put on the scoreboard and they closed out the season with the loss, but were still among the top teams in the VOL.

“We finished an amazing season,” Borden noted. “Central Catholic had our number and we will be looking to schedule a preseason game in 2022 to measure our progress against their great team.”

Standing in at the plate, Escalon’s Macie Vickers rapped out an RBI double in the fifth inning against Central Catholic on May 26. Marg Jackson/The Times