Tigers stumble in rain-delayed Tracy tournament
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Despite a strong opening win, the Patterson High varsity softball team finished with a trio of losses at Veterans Park in Tracy during a truncated NorCal Classic on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6.

Patterson claimed a 3-1 victory over Deer Valley High of Antioch in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader but dropped a 3-1 decision to Delhi High in the second game and lost two more games Saturday, falling 3-2 to Millennium High of Tracy and 8-0 to Stevenson High of Pebble Beach

The Tigers, who played in the 14-team silver bracket, finished the tournament 1-3. They have six wins and 12 losses this season, including a 1-4 Western Athletic Conference record.

Rain forced the cancellation of all games Thursday, April 4, but teams were back on the field under clearer skies the following day, playing for the opportunity for a few more nonleague contests.

In the opening game against Deer Valley (6-7 overall), Patterson senior Brooke Schaa’s fourth-inning RBI triple proved to be the difference as the Tigers held off the pesky Wolverines for their sixth win of the season.

Patterson sophomore Leanna Lindsey led off the game with an opposite-field single to right field, stole second and third base and then crossed the plate after classmate Kianna Garza’s one-out base hit, giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage.

Deer Valley used a sacrifice fly from Maleia Namauleg to tie the game in the bottom of the first inning.

Patterson sophomore Lucero Vargas retired six straight batters between the second and third innings, and Schaa’s three-bagger put the Tigers ahead in the fourth.

After Vargas drew a leadoff walk in the top of the inning, Schaa broke the stalemate with an RBI triple to deep left field.

One batter later, Lindsey sent Schaa home on a sacrifice fly for an insurance run.

Vargas went five innings in the pitcher’s circle for the win, allowing three hits and striking out three.

Junior Sadie Schut went toe to toe with Delhi’s Alyssa Stockman in Friday’s second game, but Patterson could not generate enough offense.

Schut pitched five solid innings, scattering eight hits and striking out four. But her team managed only two hits against Stockman (11 strikeouts).

With two outs in the top of the third, junior Dayna Hansen reached first base after an uncaught third strike and senior Francheska Olvera gave Patterson a 1-0 lead with an RBI double.

Delhi (13-4, 5-1 Southern League) tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out RBI double by Nayeli Espinosa, taking the lead when Espinosa scored from third base on a passed ball.

Delhi’s Alicia Knight capped the scoring with a fifth-inning solo home run.

The Tigers continue the league season at home Friday, April 12, against Pacheco High of Los Banos (8-11, 0-4 WAC).

Contact Marc Aceves at 892-6187, ext. 28, or marc@pattersonirrigator.com.

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