After a notable 3-0 start in the Central California Conference, the Patterson High varsity softball squad met their match in the form of Atwater High on April 2.
Despite the Patterson offense coming in with a head of steam on Tuesday, Atwater’s Megan Escobar threw some water on the flames, shutting out the Tigers and holding them to four hits over seven innings of work during Atwater’s 5-0 win.
The Falcons produced five runs against Patterson pitcher Alexis Zavala.
Abbi Vierra, Sarah Warden and Kendall Flatt all went 2-3 with three RBIs collectively.
Patterson hosted Golden Valley on Wednesday after press time. The Tigers will then host Merced on April 10 and get a rematch with Atwater on April 12. Atwater, Patterson and Golden Valley currently sit as the top three teams in the CCC.
Bats sizzling hot versus Hawks and Thunder
With a whopping 23 runs and 25 hits over two games, the Patterson High varsity softball team’s offense continued to blister Central Valley and Buhach Colony.
Senior Alexis Zavala shutout Central Valley during a 10-0 shelling of the Hawks on March 27, while the offense continued to pick up the tab with a 13-3 triumph at Buhach Colony on March 29.
Zavala pitches shutout
Zavala scattered five hits during her five innings of work versus Central Valley last Wednesday. Zavala only pitched five innings due to the mercy rule victory, when the Tigers scored 10 unanswered runs over the course of the first five frames.
Patterson began the scoring with two runs in the first inning, when sophomore Danielle Werra Torres led off the game with a double. Senior Carolyn Dallimore came up with one out and blasted a two-run home run, to give Patterson an early 2-0 lead after the first frame. This was Dallimore’s third game in a row going deep for the Tigers.
The Tigers resumed their scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Zavala led off with a single before junior Xiana Isom was hit by a pitch. Senior Liliana Espinoza bunted for a hit to set up a bases-loaded, no- out situation. Following a strikeout by junior Brooke Lynn Gill, Werra Torres stroked a single, scoring Zavala. Junior Carli Medina struck out, putting Dallimore to the plate with the bases still loaded.
Despite having no open bases, the Hawks astonishingly intentionally walked Dallimore rather than face her, scoring Isom and extending the Patterson lead to 4-0.
The offense kept their foot on the gas with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore Sariah Perez opened the bottom half with a walk, before Zavala reached base due to an error on a pop fly. Isom made the Hawks pay for their defensive mishap by smashing a three-run home run to put the Tigers up 7-0.
Patterson tallied a run in the bottom of the fourth, and two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Tigers blast past Thunder
Seven runs over the course of the first three innings meant Patterson appeared to be well on their way to a potential mercy rule shutout repeat from earlier in the week, but Buhach Colony responded with three runs of their own in the third inning to trim the lead to 7-3.
Patterson responded with six unanswered runs over the fourth and fifth innings, to put an end to the affair and triumph 13-3 over the Thunder.
Werra Torres had a dynamic game, going 3-3 with 3 RBIs, three runs, a pair of home runs, and a stolen base. Werra Torres is Patterson’s third batter to have a multi-home run game this season.
Werra Torres was not the only batter to go deep against Buhach Colony.
Not to be overshadowed was senior Delihla Garcia. She also had a multi-home run game, going 3-4 with 4 RBIs and two runs. This was her second time finishing with multiple home runs this spring.
Dallimore continued her impressive power streak. She homered for the fourth game straight, going 2-3 with 4 RBIs, two runs and a walk.
Isom made it back-to-back games with home runs, with a solo home run against the Thunder.
Senior Aubrey Garcia went 2-4 with an RBI.