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Varsity Lady Cougars Defeat Hilmar, Modesto Christian
Senior Marissa Gonzalez puts the bat on the ball during Friday afternoon action against Modesto Christian. The Lady Cougars shut out the visitors to take the TVL win. Marg Jackson/The Times

In two games this past week, the Escalon varsity softball girls scored a total of 27 runs. Better yet, they didn’t allow any.

The squad crafted a 5-0 win on the road at Hilmar on Wednesday and then came home for a 22-0 win over Modesto Christian in a run-shortened game.

Though the weather looked like it might play a factor on Wednesday, the Lady Cougars got the game in and used one big inning to defeat the host Lady Yellowjackets.

“We scored all our runs in the third,” said head coach Art Brooks.

Leticia Gutierrez got things started with a single, Malia Babasa and Lexy Underwood followed with bunts. Bella Strach had a two-run single, Hannah Boyd doubled to drive in a run. Sage Davis and Brooke Campbell each rapped out an RBI single to put the Lady Cougars up 5-0.

“Bella was dominant on the mound, she allowed no runs, just two walks and three hits with 15 strikeouts,” Brooks noted.

Friday, the girls were on the home field and scored early and often against the visiting Lady Crusaders. They started out with just one run in the first but then got the bats going and broke the game wide open with a 14-run second inning. More runs followed in the third and fourth; Modesto Christian broke up a potential no-hitter from Brooke Davis with a solid triple but couldn’t get the runner in.

The game was shortened, the Lady Cougars getting then win after setting down the side in the top of the fifth.

Davis had eight strikeouts in her five innings of work.

Brooks said everyone seemed to contribute in the big win, with several players having multi-hit games.

Kiara Ancheta went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two singles and three RBI; Brooke Davis was 3-for-4 with two RBI; Cheyenne Parker went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs batted in. Notching two hits apiece in the win were Babasa, Underwood and Webster, with Underwood driving in a pair of runs.

With a league bye early in the week, Escalon has just one game on the schedule, taking on Riverbank in Escalon on Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m.



The only game of the week for the JV Lady Cougars saw them fall to Hilmar on the road, losing by a 14-4 final.

“Ryilee McNulty recorded two runs in the game, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a double,” said coach Kristin Beckman. “Mya Scott had one run on the game with a single. Tulsa Carnes went 2-for-3 with a single and double and also scoring a run.”

No games are on the schedule this week for the JV girls; their next contest is set for Wednesday, April 10 at home, hosting Ripon.