Turlock Christian High continued its uphill battle against its Southern Athletic League opponents when the Eagles softball team hosted Mariposa County High on Friday. Though the Lady Eagles showed signs of improvement against Waterford High a week ago—losing by only three runs as opposed to double digits—they were ultimately unable to overcome the Grizzlies as they lost 13-1 in five innings.
“Mariposa is very good, but while our defense played very good against Waterford last game, we didn’t play the same today,” TC head coach Bret Balswick said.
TC’s defense committed four errors while the pitching duo of Carlee Towns and Cassie Balswick walked 11 batters and allowed 10 hits.
“You can’t do that against a good team,” Balswick said.
Mariposa notched a run in the first inning before exploding in the second inning with a seven-run effort. The Grizzlies scored a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings and earned their last run in the fifth.
As for TC’s offense, Aimee Jones scored her team’s lone run in the fourth inning. Jones led off with a walk, made it to second on a sacrifice fly, stole third, and was finally crossed when her sister, Megan Jones, hit an RBI single.
Madison Yagi also had a good day from the plate as she went two for two.
“Our girls go out and play hard. They try hard and play with a lot of enthusiasm,” Balswick said.
While the Eagles have yet to find their way into the winner’s column, they have their best chance to earn a victory in their next two matchups against Ripon Christian and Denair High. TC will host RC on Monday and host Denair on Wednesday.