PHS Softball

Senior Alexis Zavala threw a shutout against Ceres in Patterson's first game of the 9th annual Nor Cal Classic. 

Joining the other 15 teams in the Platinum bracket of the 9th annual Nor Cal Classic softball tournament held at the Tracy Sports Complex from April 25-27, the Patterson High varsity softball team played a total of four games over spring break.

The Tigers began their tournament with a sturdy 1-0 shutout over Ceres, but Patterson did not find any more victories the rest of the way, losing to Oakdale, Calaveras and Escalon down the stretch. Oakdale would go on to win the Platinum bracket, with a 2-0 victory over Tracy on April 27. Enochs finished in third place, defeating Merced 2-1 in the consolation champions match.

Zavala pitches shutout

A home run from Delihla Garcia in the second inning was all the Tigers needed against Ceres during Patterson’s opening game of the tournament on April 25.

Zavala was masterful for Patterson against the Bulldogs. She pitched a complete game, yielding only three hits, two walks while punching out three batters.

Her counterpart, Brooklyn Heffernan, was equally as strong. Heffernan also gave up only three hits, with one walk and four strikeouts, but the one run allowed to Garcia was enough to straddle Heffernan with the loss during this pitcher’s duel.

6-0 loss to eventual champs

Oakdale High’s sensational season continued at the 9th annual Nor Cal Classic. The Mustangs opened the game with two runs in each of the first three innings, while pitcher Lexy Webb held the Tigers’ bats at bay. Webb finished the game going five innings. Webb was stingy, allowing only three baserunners during the 19 batters she faced, while striking out 10.

Oakdale’s Courtney Koelmans was 2-3 with an RBI and a stolen base. Rylie Goodridge went 2-2, with a run and an RBI.

One-run loss to Calaveras

Patterson fell into an early deficit, trailing 3-0 after the first four innings, but responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to trim the deficit to 3-2. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Calaveras responded with a trio of runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, to keep the Tigers at arm’s reach.

Patterson nearly pulled off a comeback when they scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, but the Tigers were unable to plate an extra run to tie, falling to Calaveras 6-5.

Danielle Werra Torres finished the game going 2-4 at the plate with an RBI. She got the start for Patterson on the mound, pitching four innings while giving up six hits and two earned runs in the process.

Xiona Isom was 1-2 with an RBI, while Sariah Perez went 2-2 with an RBI and a run. Delihla Garcia checked in with a 2-3 day at the plate with a run and a double. She pitched one inning for Patterson, yielding two earned runs.

Carolyn Dallimore was also 2-3 with a double against Calaveras.

The Calaveras offense was fueled by Madison Clark. Clark went a perfect 3-3, with two runs and an RBI on a home run. Bri Head was 2-3 with an RBI. Head was the Calaveras starter, and put in 5.1 innings of work scattering 11 hits, three earned runs and three strikeouts during her outing.

6-5 loss to Escalon in final game

Just as they did to Calaveras, Patterson fell down 6-1 early to Escalon during their final game of the Nor Cal Classic. Patterson put together two runs in the fourth inning, and added on with a run each in the sixth and seventh innings, but finding that tying run eluded the home team again, and they fell 6-5.

Werra Torres had a multi-hit 3-4 venture at the plate.

Dallimore knocked in her fifth home run of the season, going 1-4 with an RBI. Zavala, Isom and Perez had an RBI each in the loss.

Zavala pitched seven innings, coughing up eight hits and five earned runs, while recording six strikeouts on the mound.

Escalon got a great performance from Arabella Strach, who was 3-4 with a run and three RBIs, including a home run, last Saturday.

Sage Davis was 2-4 with a run and a stolen base.

Starter Brooke Davis pitched six innings, with nine hits, four earned runs, a walk and five strikeouts in the win.

Patterson returned to the diamond on Wednesday in a league match against Buhach Colony on Wednesday after press time. The Tigers will play at Golden Valley on May 3 and Merced on May 6 to finish off their league schedule.

PI sports writer

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