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Tournament Action Sees Two Wins, Two Losses For Softball
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Lady Cougar Lucy Allbaugh fouls a pitch off at the plate during tournament play this season. The varsity girls went 2-2 in the recent tourney hosted at Rainbow Fields and have two more non-league contests this week. Marg Jackson/The Times

Another busy week for the Lady Cougars on the softball field saw the varsity girls play to a 2-2 mark in the Rainbow High School Classic hosted at nearby Rainbow Fields. They also lost a non-league contest in between tournament days.

They opened up with a 5-4 win over Enochs on Tuesday, March 8. Brooke Davis pitched six innings, allowing four hits, one run and striking out six. Madison Hagglund pitched the seventh for the varsity squad.

“The offense was led by Macie Vickers, Emily Vickers and Tulsa Carnes, who each had two hits,” said head coach Jeff Borden.

Macie Vickers had a home run, older sister Emily Vickers had two RBI and a double and Carnes also had a double and an RBI.

Briana Vazquez and Grace Spurgeon each had a run scored and a hit on the day as well.

“We lost our second game of the day 6-3 to St. Mary’s,” Borden said. “We had five hits, led by Tulsa Carnes, who had two hits including a double and an RBI.”

Broke Davis, Emily Vickers and Vazquez each had a hit in the loss.

On Wednesday the girls were at home to play Lodi in a preseason game, in between tournament contests, and fell by a 4-1 final.

“Madison Hagglund had a fine six-inning performance in the circle but we didn’t give her the run support needed,” Borden noted. “Tulsa Carnes also contributed a hitless inning in the circle.”

Lucy Allbaugh had three hits, including a double. Emily Vickers had a triple, Vazquez, Faye Hernandez and Soleil Gouzenne each had a hit.

“Macie Vickers drove her sister Emily in for our lone run,” Borden said. “We left seven runners on base which has been our struggle so far, getting timely hits.”

The girls went back to Rainbow Fields on Thursday, March 10 where they lost to Orestimba by a 4-2 decision and finished the week and tournament with a 6-1 win over Lodi.

“We only managed two hits against Orestimba, Macie Vickers with a double and Faye Hernandez with a single,” said the coach.

But in the second game on Thursday, they got the bats going and notched the win against Lodi.

Brooke Davis was the winning pitcher with a three-hit victory.

“Macie Vickers continued her power hitting with her third home run of the season along with a double and a single,” said Borden, adding that the sophomore is hitting .450 for the season so far with a 1.05 slugging percentage.

Hernandez also had a three-hit performance at the plate, with Shelby Wilder notching a triple, and Allbaugh, Carnes and Bailey Dugo each collecting a hit.

The girls will close out their preseason schedule with a couple of tough contests this week.

“We play two of the top teams in the section at our home field,” Borden said, with Oakdale on the schedule for Wednesday, March 16 and Manteca on Friday, March 18, with a 4 p.m. start time for each contest.