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Cougars earn split in day one of NorCal Tournament

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POSTED April 9, 2010 1:56 a.m.
TRACY – The Weston Ranch Cougars were able to get the NorCal Classic softball tournament kicked off with a decent start, salvaging a day one split with a 7-6 win over Delhi Thursday.

The Cougars scored two in the first and added a four-spot in the fourth to pad a comfortable lead on Delhi. They would not go quietly, putting together a pair of 2-run innings, before eventually falling to Weston Ranch in seven innings.

Serena Hernandez paced the club offensively, going 2 for 4 at the plate, and also made solid contributions in the circle, going five innings in relief and striking out five. Weston Ranch was able to avoid the consolation bracket, but the Cougars blew a solid chance to win a pair.

“We most definitely should have won both of our games,” Weston Ranch head coach Melanie Berezay said. “Again, it’s like we start off slow and then they finally come alive in the last half of the game.

“Every time it’s almost too little too late.”

Alexandra Alvarado also finished 2 for 4 and Michelle Lord was 1 for 3 with a 2-RBI triple. Hernandez was as impressive in the Cougars’ 4-3 loss to Millennium, leading the team with a 2 for 4 performance with a double and a homer. Raileen Romo was 3 for 4 in the loss, smashing three singles.

Buhach 1, Sierra 0
Central Catholic 4, Sierra 3
TRACY – Despite stellar defense and an all-star performance by pitcher Gabby Hawkins, the Sierra High varsity softball team was unable gain the traction necessary to win either of their opening day games at the Tracy Softball Complex.

The Timberwolves opened up the day against Buhach Colony and their standout pitcher Alex Molina – eventually falling 1-0 after a hit that Hawkins gave up ended turning into the game’s only run.

Hawkins struck out nine and walked only a single batter in the contest.

In the second game of their double-header against Central Catholic, Sierra jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third inning, but the Raiders would quickly tie the game up.

Neither team were able to produce any runs until the ninth inning when a sacrifice fly brought home the game winning score for Central Catholic. Hawkins – who pitched all 16 innings on the day – struck out 13 batters in her second outing and still only allowed a single walk.

“As far as play goes, we hit the ball and got into position but we played some good teams that were able to get out of some jams,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “There were great plays on both sides of the ball, but we just ended up on the wrong side of both games. We just have to put this behind us and rebound.”

Sierra will play the next round of the tournament on Saturday when they take on Atwater at 1 p.m. and Chowchilla at 3 p.m. Both games will be played at Veteran’s Park in Tracy.

— Bulletin Staff
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