Of­fen­sive On­slaught Lifts Lady Cougar Soft­ball To Win

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

In what Coach Art Brooks de­scribed as an “ugly” game, the Escalon var­sity soft­ball girls dis­man­tled host Moun­tain House in their Trans-Val­ley League opener on Thursday.

Their orig­i­nally sched­uled league opener, against Ripon on Tuesday, March 21 was rained out and will be made up in a Mon­day, April 3 game.

On the road for the March 23 con­test, Brooks said it was a run-short­ened five in­ning game.

“Molly Brown took a per­fect game into the fifth in­ning,” Brooks said. “But that in­ning she gave up a walk and a hit, that’s how they scored their one run.”

Moun­tain House avoided the shutout but fell far short of Escalon’s run to­tal, the Lady Cougars tak­ing a very lop­sided win.

“We had no short­age of of­fense,” Brooks agreed.

Lead­ing the way were Chardae Hoskins, 3-for-4 with a dou­ble and two runs bat­ted in; Molly Brown, 3-for-5 with a dou­ble and four RBI; Macken­zie Du­val, 2-for-3 with a triple and five RBI.

Han­nah Boyd was 2-for-3 with a dou­ble and drove in five runs as well, while Sage Davis was 2-for-2, walked, was hit by a pitch and had two runs bat­ted in. One of her hits was a home run.

Mor­gan Rei­der was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Haley Boyd and Grace Fitzger­ald each added a hit in the TVL vic­tory.

Brown, who got the win, struck out nine in the game while al­low­ing just the one hit and one walk in five in­nings pitched.

The girls were sched­uled to con­tinue the league sched­ule, host­ing Hugh­son at home Tuesday, March 28 af­ter The Times went to press and will be at Hil­mar for a Thursday, March 30 con­test. If all goes as planned, the JV girls will get in their first league games of the sea­son this week as well.

MARG JACKSON/THE TIMES

Al­ready in field­ing po­si­tion, var­sity Lady Cougar Priscilla Nowl­ing gets ready as the pitch is sent to­ward the plate dur­ing re­cent Trans-Val­ley League play. The team has won its first two TVL soft­ball con­tests.

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