The bats came in hot and were consistent for the Turlock High varsity softball team in Thursday's doubleheader in the NorCal Classic from Tracy.
A loss to the No. 1 undefeated team in the Central California Conference—Atwater—just a week prior didn't linger for very long as the Bulldogs capped off an impressive day with back-to-back wins over Beyer and Mariposa County.
First, the 'Dogs met the Patriots of Beyer in their early morning game and pulled off a 11-3 win followed with another stellar performance from the bats over Mariposa that ended 10-3.
“We hit well in both of the games,” said Turlock head coach Jill Ogden about her team, which competed in the Gold bracket.
With the second win over Mariposa, Turlock bested their total wins from last year (12) and tied for the most wins since 2010 when the 'Dogs went 13-11-1 and 7-5 in the CCC.
Turlock is currently 13-7 overall and 5-3 in CCC games, with four league contests remaining.
“One thing to consider is we have a freshman catcher who is really playing well at this level and able to handle Shelby's pitching and great bats,” said Ogden.
That freshman catcher is MacKenzie Campbell, who was 5-for-7 in both games combined with three RBI.
She wasn't the only one who had a great tournament for the 'Dogs.
“So far, we have had a great tournament and top to bottom, everyone was contributing and we’ve been able to get them in lineup and producing and really happy with where things are now,” said Ogden.
Turlock outscored Beyer in their first game, 11-0, heading into the bottom half of the sixth when the Patriots added three.
Shelby Frutoz started and went 5 innings, allowing no runs on six hits and struck out seven.
Turlock also walked seven times for the game, while nine of 10 batters who stepped up to the plate managed to get at least a hit against Beyer.
Frutoz was 2-for-4 with three RBI while Jessie Miranda was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Jayden Mendoza was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored and Campbell was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Against Mariposa in the afternoon game, Turlock managed to outhit the Grizzlies, 12-5, while the pitching was strong once again from Frutoz who tossed all 6 innings and allowed just one earned run out of the three on four hits, while walking four and striking out 14.
Frutoz started off the first inning with a two-run shot to dead center and never looked back while six of the nine batters for Turlock managed to get a least a hit for the 'Dogs.
By the end of the second, Turlock led 4-0 and never looked back.
Turlock will resume league play on the road at Golden Valley with the game scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Thursday.
“We are three games back but four to go. It will be tough, really, shooting for second place. We want to make playoffs and expect it and hope to continue to play well and do what we have done all year,” Ogden added.