Var­sity Soft­ball Girls Kick Off League Play With Win

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­

Host­ing the River­bank Lady Bru­ins on Thurs­day, March 16, the Escalon var­sity soft­ball squad made quick work of the vis­i­tors, tak­ing a 10-0 vic­tory in the Trans-Val­ley League opener.

Head coach Art Brooks said his team scored early, putting five runs on the score­board in the first in­ning and adding five more in the sec­ond. They held River­bank off the score­board all day, the game end­ing af­ter River­bank’s at bat in the top of the fifth due to the 10-run rule.

“Chardae Hoskins went the dis­tance, she was the win­ning pitcher,” Brooks said. “She struck out eight, al­lowed four hits and walked just one.”

The vis­it­ing Lady Bru­ins, how­ever, could not find a way to get any of their run­ners across the plate and suf­fered the TVL shutout.

Jump­ing on top early, Escalon started things out with a hit by Macken­zie Duval in the bot­tom of the first, fol­lowed by a Lexi Un­der­wood sac­ri­fice bunt. Hoskins helped her own cause with an RBI dou­ble, then she was driven in by a Molly Brown RBI dou­ble. Han­nah Boyd drove in Brown with a sin­gle, Boyd came in to score on a Hailie Web­ster triple, with Ha­ley Boyd then rip­ping a sin­gle to drive in Web­ster for the fifth run of the frame.

Many of the same play­ers were in­volved in the run pro­duc­tion in the sec­ond in­ning as well.

Macken­zie Duval reached on an er­ror and stole sec­ond, then Un­der­wood reached first on a dropped third strike, Duval mak­ing it to third on the play. She then scored on a wild pitch that moved Un­der­wood to sec­ond. Hoskins came through again, this time with an RBI triple and Brown fol­lowed that with a two-run homer to make it 9-0. Ara­bella Strach was hit by a pitch to get on base, Ha­ley Boyd notched an RBI triple to make it a 10-run lead.

“That was pretty much the game,” Brooks said. “I was able to get all my subs in, ev­ery­one got a chance to play.”

For the game, Ha­ley Boyd was 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs bat­ted in, Hoskins was 2-for-3 with a dou­ble, triple and two RBIs, Brown was 2-for-3 with a dou­ble, two-run homer and three runs bat­ted in while Web­ster, Han­nah Boyd and Macken­zie Duval all col­lected hits; Web­ster and Boyd each driv­ing in a run.

League ac­tion this week will see the Lady Cougars on the road. They were sched­uled to play at Ripon on Tues­day, March 21 af­ter The Times went to press and will be at Moun­tain House on Thurs­day, March 23.

The ju­nior var­sity girls, with coach Malinda Walker, did not have any games this past week, as River­bank does not field a JV team. They were sched­uled to play at Ripon along with the var­sity but Moun­tain House doesn’t have a JV team, ei­ther, so their only game this week was Tues­day.

Escalon, Ripon, Hil­mar and Hugh­son are the only TVL schools field­ing JV soft­ball teams this sea­son.


Wind­ing up to send the pitch to the plate, Escalon’s Chardae Hoskins scat­tered four hits and struck out eight in a vic­tory over River­bank.


Lady Cougar Ha­ley Boyd, 5, puts the bat on the ball dur­ing Thurs­day af­ter­noon ac­tion in Trans-Val­ley League play against River­bank. She had three hits and two runs bat­ted in for Escalon in a 10-0 win.

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