Patterson High’s first year in the Central California Conference has been fraught with adversity. It may have taken until the spring to do it, but the Patterson High varsity softball team did it again: they ended the league title drought with a 9-6 victory over Merced on May 6.
The victory ensured the Tigers a share of the league title. Patterson currently sits at 10-2 in the standings. Golden Valley has a chance to tie for a co-championship when they played Merced on Wednesday, May 8 after press time.
On Monday, Patterson clinched their share of a league title in resounding fashion against Merced.
The Tigers wasted no time getting started, scoring five runs in the first inning.
Junior Carli Medina got it started with a one out single. After a flyout from senior Carolyn Dallimore, senior Aubrey Garcia blasted a home run to left field, to put Patterson up 2-0 with two outs in the first.
Junior Delihla Garcia followed that up with a walk, then senior Alexis Zavala was hit by a pitch. Senior Sygna Tomasegovich came in for her as a courtesy runner.
Sophomore Sariah Perez made Merced pay with a two RBI triple, to put Patterson up 4-0.
Senior Breanna Gill walked, and during the at bat of senior Liliana Espinoza, a wild pitch scored Perez from third base, to increase the lead to 5-0. Espinoza ended the top of the first with a flyout.
Patterson tacked on additional runs in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Danielle Werra Torres opened up the frame with a single. Werra Torres stole second before Medina drew a walk, setting up first and second with no outs.
Dallimore grounded out, but Aubrey Garcia walked to load the bases. Delihla Garcia cashed in with a single to left field, scoring Werra Torres and Medina. Zavala followed up with another single to left field, pushing in Aubrey Garcia and increasing the lead to 8-0.
Patterson would tack on an additional run in the fourth inning, but the eight runs through the first two frames was more than enough to garner the victory over Merced.
This is the second season in a row the Tigers have captured league title glory, having won a league title in their final campaign in the Western Athletic Conference last spring.
Werra Torres finished the regular season leading the team in hitting, with a .489 average. The sophomore had a team-high 23 hits in 47 at bats this spring. Her .564 on-base percentage led to the sophomore scoring 17 times this spring.
Medina led the team with 18 runs scored, while hitting .302 at the plate. The junior tallied one home run, 13 hits, eight RBIs in 43 at bats.
Dallimore put up yet another sensational season offensively. She finished the season with a .458 average at the plate pounding out 22 hits, including five home runs. Dallimore led the team with 22 RBIs in 56 plate appearances, and was tied for second-most runs scored with 17.
Delihla Garcia broke out with a strong display of power this spring, tying Dallimore with a team-high five home runs while batting .429 with 21 hits, 19 RBIs and 12 runs.
Aubrey Garcia had the third-most RBIs on the squad, with 16. She finished her senior season with a .378 average, tallying 14 hits, three home runs and 12 runs scored during her 37 plate appearances.
The Tigers heavily relied upon Zavala for her pitching prowess once again this spring. She pitched 64.1 of the 88.2 total innings pitched for the Tigers, finishing with a 9-2 record and a 3.26 ERA on the mound in 13 appearances. She allowed 74 hits, 17 walks and three home runs, while striking out 45 batters this season.