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Softball Splits Varsity League Contests
They only gave up one run on Tuesday ... but it was enough to spell a loss.

Escalon's varsity softball girls fell in a 1-0 contest to Modesto Christian in Trans-Valley League play on March 30.

"They only got two runners on in that first inning," explained coach Dianne Teixeira. "They had no one on after that."

Modesto Christian took advantage of two errors and a hit batter to manufacture the one run, which would prove to be the game winner.

"We had 10 runners left on base," Teixeira said of the unexpected offensive drought that the Lady Cougars found themselves in on Tuesday. "There were five innings where we had a runner on third."

Modesto Christian had one run on no hits with one error. Escalon had no runs on six hits and two errors. Caitlin Brooks took the loss but struck out 10.

"We struck out 10 times as well," said Teixeira. "It was just frustrating to go down on errors."

Escalon had its chances, she added, with bases loaded and no outs in one inning, a runner on third with one out in another.

"We could not even get a sacrifice fly," she said.

Thursday, the girls shook off the bad feeling from Tuesday and roughed up visiting Ripon, 10-0, going just five innings.

"If you're looking at (winning) another pennant, you can't lose too many," Teixeira said. "You have to play every game tough."

Escalon had 10 runs on 10 hits with no errors. Ripon had no runs, no hits and three errors.

"Caitlin faced 15 batters, she had 12 strikeouts," said Teixeira.

Sam Lorigo had a triple and scored a run in the second for Escalon, with a third inning triple from Shelise Hatfield and a sacrifice fly by Casey Schmidig following. Lounette Jackson then singled, Brooks walked and Lorigo had an RBI single.

"In the fourth, we had a lot of stuff going on," Teixeira said.

Keys in that inning were RBI singles from Rachel Frasier, Jackson and a two RBI double by Lorigo.

The varsity girls will practice a couple of days while they are on spring break this week, then jump back into TVL action. They will be at Ripon Christian on Tuesday, April13 and host Hughson on Thursday, April 15.

The girls ended the first round at 4-1 in league play and are 14-2 overall.