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Varsity Lady Cougars Split Pair Of League Contests
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Working out a 4-3 win on the home field Wednesday against Ripon, the varsity Lady Cougar softball team still ran into a wall against their old nemesis, Patterson, in a loss on the road Friday.

Finally getting both scheduled games in - with no rainfall to contend with - the varsity girls were 4-3 winners against the visiting Indians on Wednesday, April 13.

"They scored three in the third and then we scored four in the third," coach Dianne Teixeira said. "We finally put some hits back to back."

Despite falling behind 3-0 as the Indians pushed three across the plate in the top of the third inning, Teixeira said her team quickly answered, scoring four of their own and then holding on for the win.

Carmen Dollarhide started the rally with a single, Amanda Ainsworth also singled.

"Jen Costa then hit a triple and drove in two runs," Teixeira said. "Sarah Welch reached on an error and Mandy San Julian then doubled to drive in two runs."

Costa got the start on the mound but struggled a bit, going just two and a third innings, allowing three runs on three hits. She struck out one and walked five. Megan Velting came on in relief and settled things down, going the rest of the way, allowing a single hit, one walk and striking out two.

Escalon had six hits on the day, with Costa, Welch, San Julian, Velting, Dollarhide, and Ainsworth all collecting one. Three of the six were for extra bases.

It was a tougher day on Friday, as the Lady Cougars went on the road to face the Tigers.

"They scored their runs, three in the second and two in the sixth," said Teixeira. "We had too many errors on the day, only one run was earned."

Escalon was also handcuffed at the plate, with only San Julian breaking through for a hit, knocking out a double.

Velting went the distance, scattering four hits, striking out two and walking one in taking the loss.

"We hit the ball but right at players," added Teixeira. "Their shortstop made some nice grabs and we just don't play well at Patterson."

This week, the girls will look to get in two more contests, hosting Riverbank on Wednesday, April 20 and Hughson on Friday, April 22.

"They should be good games," said Teixeira.

In JV action for the week, the girls were 4-3 winners over Ripon at home under coach Brandy Thurman on Wednesday, then lost a close 3-2 verdict on the road at Patterson on Friday.