Three home runs helped fuel an offensive explosion by the Patterson High varsity softball team in their 15-2 thumping of El Capitan on Monday, April 15.

Home runs by Brooke Lynn Gill, Aubrey Garcia and Breanna Murray helped contribute to the 20 total hits the Tigers had against the Gauchos.

Murray led the team with four RBIs, going 2-2 with a double, a home run, two walks and a run.

Carolyn Dallimore was 3-4 at the plate with three RBIs.

Aubrey Garcia put together a 2-2 performance at the plate with two RBIs, a double, a home run and two runs. This was her third straight game homering for Patterson.

Alexis Zavala, Delihla Garcia and Danielle Werra Torres combined to pitch five innings with three hits, two earned runs and five strikeouts for the Tigers.

Eleven runs over the course of the first two innings set the Tigers up for a mercy rule victory. El Capitan also had a run in each of the first two innings, but Patterson responded with a three-run third inning and a run in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Patterson improved to 10-5 overall and 5-2 in the Central California Conference. The win keeps Patterson in third place overall in the standings trailing Atwater and Golden Valley. The top three teams from the CCC are permitted to advance to playoffs that begin on May 13.

Aubrey Garcia with big week

Following defeats to Atwater and Golden Valley to start the month of April, the Patterson High softball team aimed to get back into the win column with a pair of matchups versus Merced and Atwater on April 10 and 14 respectively.

Both games were close affairs, but the Tigers edged out a 4-2 victory over Merced before inching past Atwater later in the week with a dramatic walk-off 3-2 win over the Falcons last Friday.

Senior Aubrey Garcia had a big week at the plate. During the course of two games Garcia went 3-6 with six RBIs, a home run, a double, a walk and a stolen base. Two of those RBIs came at a crucial time for Patterson. Garcia, who showed the propensity for late-inning heroics last season, replicated the magic with a walk-off, two-RBI double against Atwater to secure the dramatic 3-2 victory.

The pair of victories thrusts Patterson back into the playoff hunt. The Tigers’ 4-2 record in the Central California Conference puts them in third place heading into this week. Trailing them for the third and final playoff spot is Merced, with a 3-3 league record. Atwater and Golden Valley remain at the top of the conference.

Walk-off against Atwater

Senior Aubrey Garica only got one hit against the Falcons on Friday, but that one hit hurt the most.

Patterson had trouble getting the bats going against Atwater starter Megan Escobar. The Tigers, through six innings, had come up blank, and as a result, Patterson trailed 2-0 heading into the final frame. Patterson battled back despite the meek beginning.

Xiana Isom got the rally started with a single to start the inning. Sariah Perez grounded into a fielder’s choice, but the Atwater defense was unable to secure the out, putting runners on first and second with no outs.

Liliana Espinoza came to the plate and drove an RBI single, scoring Isom, and trimming the deficit to 2-1. Danielle Wera Torres singled to load the bases with no outs, but back-to-back strikeouts from Carli Medina and Carolyn Dallimore gave the Falcons some momentum.

No stranger to the pressure of late inning heroics, Garcia came to the plate with two outs and the bases cooked. Garcia slapped a ground ball to left field, scoring Perez and Espinoza to pull off the comeback.

Alexis Zavala pitched a complete game for Patterson with two earned runs, a walk and a strikeout.

Atwater’s Megan Escobar pitched 6.2 innings with six hits, three earned runs, two walks and an impressive 10 strikeouts.

Atwater got a strong game from Sarah Warden. Warden was 2-3 with a home run. Abbi Vierra was also 2-3 with a run scored. Marley Gonzales finished 1-3 with an RBI double.

Garcia homers in victory

Going 2-3 with four RBIs and a home run, Aubrey Garcia had a big day against Merced on April 10.

Garcia began her assault with a two-RBI single in the first inning.

Merced tied the game up when Jewels Perez hit a two-RBI single herself in the top of the second inning in response.

Dallimore began the bottom of the third inning with a double on a 2-0 count. Garcia worked the count to 1-1, before blasting a shot to center field that cleared the fence for a two-run home run. This put Patterson up 4-2.

This was Aubrey’s first home run this spring, after tallying six last season. Overall, she is hitting .381 with nine RBIs in eight games so far this spring.

Coming in for relief of starter Delihla Garica, Alexis Zavla assured the lead would stick. Overall Zavala pitched five innings for Patterson, coughing up no runs on two hits and three strikeouts in the win.

Delihla Garcia pitched two innings for Patterson with two earned runs, a walk and three strikeouts.

Patterson did their damage against Merced starter Trisha McCleskey. McCleskey’s outing ended after two innings, where she gave up four runs, three hits, five walks with three strikeouts.

PI sports writer

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