The Tigers won their second straight Ceres Bulldog Classic with a 5-4 come-from-behind triumph over Turlock High on Saturday, March 8.
"We didn't have any expectations going into this tournament," said Patterson coach Jennifer Hamm. "This was a chance to see what our players can do. I saw a lot of depth and versatility."
Patterson stormed back from a four-run deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning to walk away with a win against Turlock.
Down 4-0, Patterson burned Turlock pitching for five runs and six hits in the final frame. In the last at-bat of the contest, Hayley Anderson slapped a single down the third-base line, scoring Leanna Lindsey and giving the Tigers a second consecutive championship at the annual four-day tournament.
Keana Lindsey followed Kianna Garza's leadoff swinging-bunt single with a ground ball through the left side of the infield, and Ebony Garza's base knock loaded the bags for Patterson.
Brianna Palafox's pinch-hit, two-run single pulled Patterson within 4-2.
Leanna Lindsey was hit by a pitch to reload the bases for the Tigers, before Sadie Schut tied the game 4-all with a line-drive single that plated two more runs.
Anderson's RBI single gave Patterson at 1-run walk-off victory.
Bailey Boschi went the distance for the win in the pitcher's circle.
Patterson played two games Saturday, battling to a 6-4 win over Riverbank High before defeating Turlock in the finale.
Against Riverbank, Lucero Vargas, the Tigers starting pitcher, had an effective outing.
"Lucero was able to finish off the hitters. She threw good pitches when she was ahead in the count, and didn't allow many walks, which is always nice," Hamm said.
Behind a solid start atop the rubber by Vargas, Patterson claimed a 5-3 victory over Escalon High in the tournament opener March 5, and Boschi shutout Davis High of Modesto 12-0 in the second game.
In the win over Escalon, Keana Lindsey paced the Tigers' offense going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Against Davis, the mercy rule worked in Patterson's favor. A 10-run rule went into effect in order to regulate the length of the game.
"Everyone contributed and hit the ball hard," Hamm said.
Hamm said the team's performance bodes well for the rest of the season.
"My job got a lot tougher because everyone on this team can play," Hamm said. "I see a lot more dynamics with these girls (in comparison to last season's team). They click well together and understand the game."
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