The Weston Ranch Cougars opened play in the Tracy NorCal Classic Softball Tournament Silver Bracket Thursday with a split, demolishing Livingston High 11-1 after dropping a 6-2 contest against Orestimba.
The Cougars rebounded with a solid win over Livingston, racking up double-digit run in just four innings of work. Weston Ranch relied on Arianna Hernandez for pitching in both games, getting four innings and two strikeouts in the win.
“I thought overall the girls played well,” Weston Ranch head coach Janelle Bauer said. “In the early we game we spotted them three runs in the first and couldn’t bounce back.
“We played better in the second game; a lot better defensively.”
Alexandra Alvarado was 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and a double against Livingston, while both Cheyenne Crump and Reianna Dominguez were 1 for 2. Crump came around to score twice.
Vanessa Contreras and Jamie Bowen both went 2 for 3 in the loss to the Trans Valley League’s Orestimba, with Contreras hitting a double and Bowen driving in one of Weston Ranch’s two runs.
The Cougars will be back on the diamond Saturday at 3 p.m. A victory will advance the squad into the consolation championship.
East Union 9, Modesto 4
East Union 4, Mariposa 1
The Lancers were able to open tournament play with a clean sweep, taking down Mariposa 4-1, before finishing Thursday with a 9-4 win over Modesto.
Kelsey Emerson pitched both games for East Union, going the distance and getting the victory in both. Emerson helped her cause in the opener, going 2 for 3. Junior Jessica Campa drove in two in the win.
Laura Gann had the hot bat in the nightcap, going 3 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Cherish Burks was 2 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBI, and Kailee Nuding was 2 for 4 and drove in a pair.
East Union (10-6) also got a 2 for 4 day from junior Marrisa Romero.