Var­sity Lady Cougars Im­prove To 9-0 In TVL Play

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

Escalon’s var­sity soft­ball girls con­tinue to put wins on the books.

Ac­tion this past week in the Trans-Val­ley League saw the squad craft vic­to­ries at home and on the road.

Host­ing Moun­tain House on Tues­day, April 24, the girls took a 3-1 win off the field. Chardae Hoskins got the win on the mound, al­low­ing just three hits and no walks while strik­ing out 15 Lady Mus­tangs.

“We scored two in the first,” head coach Art Brooks said. “We got one in the third; their run came in the fourth in­ning.”

In the first, Escalon cashed in with a triple from Hoskins, who scored on a passed ball, and an RBI dou­ble from Molly Brown. She drove in Mor­gan Rei­der, who got on af­ter be­ing hit by a pitch and then stole sec­ond.

Third in­ning scor­ing came on a walk to Hailie Web­ster, a steal of sec­ond and a run-scor­ing hit from Brown.

Moun­tain House got their lone run on a hit, two stolen bases and a fielder’s choice.

“We didn’t have much of­fense but we did get the win,” noted Brooks.

At Hugh­son on Thurs­day, April 26, the bats came alive for the Lady Cougars, win­ning the game by an 11-6 fi­nal.

Escalon took the early lead with a run in the top of the first, Hugh­son ral­lied back to take a 3-1 lead with three runs in the third.

“In the top of the fourth, we scored six runs,” Brooks said. “Then they came back with three more in the fourth.”

That still kept Escalon in the lead, 7-6, and they put some dis­tance be­tween them­selves and the host Lady Huskies with three runs in the top of the fifth to make it 10-6. Escalon’s fi­nal run came in the sixth in­ning.

Three hits apiece on the day came from Hoskins and Lexy Un­der­wood, who had a pair of dou­bles. Hannah Boyd went 2-for-5 with a dou­ble and two RBI; Rei­der went 2-for-4 with three RBI; Bella Strach went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs bat­ted in; Malia Babasa was 2-for-3 with an RBI; while Brown, Web­ster and Sage Davis all had hits in the vic­tory.

Hoskins again got the win, al­low­ing six runs on nine hits with four walks and 11 strike­outs.

“It was a lit­tle closer than what the score tells you,” Brooks noted. “They had threats ev­ery in­ning; this was a good win.”

With the wins, the girls im­proved to 9-0 in league ac­tion.

Escalon was sched­uled to play at Ripon on Mon­day, April 29 and host Hil­mar on Tues­day, April 30 – af­ter The Times went to press – be­fore clos­ing out the reg­u­lar sea­son on Thurs­day at Modesto Chris­tian.

Five se­niors were due for recog­ni­tion at Tues­day’s game, Molly Brown, Chardae Hoskins, Madi­son Kim­ble, Priscilla Nowl­ing and Mor­gan Rei­der.

RIC MCGIN­NIS/THE TIMES

Var­sity Lady Cougar Hailie Web­ster makes the throw to first from her short­stop po­si­tion in re­cent ac­tion. Escalon won a pair of Tran­sVal­ley League con­tests this past week.

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