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Bulldogs split series at Nor Cal Classic
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In 15 appearances heading into Spring Break, Turlock High’s Shelby Frutoz had tossed 94 and 1/3 inning while striking out 158 and accumulating an ERA of 0.67. Turlock is currently 15-7 overall (Journal file photo).

Turlock High varsity softball had an extremely busy Spring Break that saw them play five games in a three-day span.

It started on Wednesday with a make-up game after they played their third and final contest against Modesto High and nudged out a tight 3-0 victory.

Then the next two days, Turlock competed in the Nor Cal Classic in Tracy and went 2-2 after Thursday and Friday’s double-headers.

“We played pretty well, we mixed up the lineup a lot during the tournament and had some players in new positions. We used three different pitchers and different catchers. It’s nice to see them embrace different roles,” said Turlock head coach Jill Ogden.

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Turlock High’s Mackenzie Campbell attempts a throw out during a game against Pitman earlier in the year. According to head coach Jill Ogden, Campbell had an excellent showing at the Nor Classic Tournament (Journal file photo).

In five games this week, Turlock went 3-2.

On Thursday Turlock split the day following a win over Bella Vista that ended 10-2, then falling to Mariposa in the afternoon game, 10-8.

Heading into the first day they notched 18 runs in two games and felt better going into Friday’s day two.

Once again Turlock split the day, first by dropping a game to Bear Creek then responding immediately by beating Orestimba in their fourth and final game of the tournament.

“We just missed one girl during the break and they all did a great job,” said Ogden. “We were much better hitting and more aggressive at the plate and scored a few runs in the tournament, so really happy with that.”

Prior to Friday’s games, Turlock had put up 104 runs in their first 20 games.

After Thursday’s results, Turlock is currently 15-7 overall as they head into the final three-game stretch of the regular season. 

“Faith Hernandez, Mackenzie Campbell, Faith Erb and Ellie Price all had an excellent tournament,” said Ogden. “This is a really close group, they play and practice hard and no complains at all.”

Turlock will next host Pitman for the third and final game of the season at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

“Just take each game one at a time, three more games left and all are tough. So, we will play and go from there and work on what we have all season,” Ogden added.