Three home runs and an eye-popping 10 RBIs were how junior Delihla Garcia finished her week against El Capitan High on March 22 at the Las Palmas softball fields.

Garcia was unstoppable on Friday. She was involved in 14 of the 19 runs scored by Patterson during their 19-2 triumph over El Capitan in the league opener of the Central California Conference on Friday.

“I’ve been working with my hitting coach just to stay patient, and keep my hands in and towards the pitcher, and just my timing because I’ve struggled with that a little bit,” Delihla Garcia said following her three-home run performance. “It was great. I’ve never done it before. It definitely feels good.”

The junior was not the only Tiger to join the home run club. Senior Carolyn Dallimore hit a home run for the second game in a row. Following her pair of home runs at Los Banos last weekend, Dallimore turned in a 3-3 performance, including three RBIs, against the Gauchos.

“I’m really confident. I struggled in the beginning of the year, but I got my confidence back,” Dallimore said. “I feel back to myself. I’m ready to continue the season strong.”

Joining the fray was junior Carli Medina, who went 1-3 with a pair of RBIs due to her first home run of the season. This was Medina’s first home run during her three-year tenure with the Patterson High varsity and junior varsity softball program.

In total, the Tigers scored 19 runs on 19 hits against El Capitan. This followed up on a strong 13-run and 9-hit performance against Los Banos in the game prior, meaning the Tigers have stockpiled 32 runs and 28 hits over the last two games. It’s safe to say the offense has been clicking, and it comes at a good time for the squad, as they traverse into their first voyage through the CCC.

“It feels really good to see that we pulled all that off. It was really fun. We really connected this year. We’re ready to come into our new league strong and show them who we are,” Dallimore said. “We’re just feeling good and doing our thing. Being confident in each at-bat, knowing we can hit the ball.”

The Tigers were originally scheduled to open league play against Atwater on March 20 but the game was cancelled, pushing their league opener to El Capitan on Friday.

The victory improved Patterson to 5-3 overall and 1-0 to begin their league campaign.

PI sports writer

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