Schut allowed no runs on two hits, with one walk and two strikeouts, as she earned the win on her team’s home diamond.
At the plate, Schut went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and a single to help the Tigers (7-4 overall, 1-1 WAC) roar back from a five-run deficit through four innings to defeat the Hawks (3-7, 1-2).
“I haven’t been performing in previous games like I think I can, so I’ve been working really hard at practice,” Schut said. “I can’t do anything without my team, and today they backed me up. I did what I needed to do.”
Patterson scored seven unanswered runs — three in the fifth inning and four in the sixth — and recorded its sixth win in eight games.
“Today was Sadie’s day,” said Patterson coach Jennifer Hamm. “She showed how hard work pays off. I’ve been telling the girls that if they keep working hard at practice, it’s going to show in the games.”
Still, Central Valley took the early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning.
Patterson sophomore Keana Lindsey answered with a two-out, RBI double to center field in the bottom of the frame, scoring her sister, sophomore Leanna Lindsey, to make it 3-1.
An inning later, Schut crushed an Alexandria Cordova pitch over the left-field fence for a solo homer.
“I’ve been working on my swing,” Schut said. “I was so excited. I hardly remember the pitch. I got the right one, and I gave it a ride.”
The Hawks added to their lead with three runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth, chasing Patterson sophomore starter Bailey Boschi from the game after she allowed eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 3-2/3 innings.
Leanna Lindsey opened the bottom of the third with a bunt single and promptly stole second base. She then advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by senior Francheska Olvera, and later scored the Tigers third run of the game on another sacrifice fly by sophomore Kianna Garza.
Schut entered the game with two outs in the fourth and a runner on second base, but she struck out Lynaya Lerma to end Central Valley’s scoring outburst.
Schut retired the side in order in the fifth, and the Tigers’ bats came alive in the bottom of the inning.
Leanna Lindsey (3-for-4) led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. An RBI single by Olvera allowed Lindsey to cross home plate, which made it 8-4.
Garza then drew a walk, putting two runners on base for Schut, who picked up a two-run double to center field and reduced Central Valley’s advantage to 8-6.
In the sixth, Schut allowed a one-out walk to Nicholette Mendez but avoided any further damage.
Junior Dayna Hansen led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Leanna Lindsey. Olvera then singled to center, and Keana Lindsey reached safely on an error by Central Valley’s shortstop, which allowed Hansen to cross home plate.
After a two-out walk to sophomore Brianna Palafox loaded the bases, Schut delivered a go-ahead two-run single, putting Patterson on top 9-8.
Senior Brooke Schaa followed and added an RBI single for insurance.
Central Valley put two runners on base in the top of the seventh inning, but Schut slammed the door with a strikeout to end the game.
“This win is a total confidence-booster for us,” Schut said. “All we needed was a little boost, and I think that we’ll continue to come out stronger each game.”
Patterson continues its league season at Central Catholic High of Modesto at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28.
The JV Tigers topped Central Valley with a 12-5 victory at home March 20.
Sophomores Idalis Besinaiz and Davina Cantu each went 2-for-4 at the plate for Patterson (8-4-1, 1-0-1).
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