Lady Tigers lose two
Portola’s softball players gather for their first group photo of the season. The Lady Tigers traveled to the Biggs tournament last Friday and got two games in before getting rained out. Photo by Maria Popish
Portola’s softball team traveled to Biggs on March 28 with a lot of hope. The Lady Tigers were pumped up and ready to compete in the annual tournament. Portola ended the first day of the tournament with two losses and were cut short from competing the second day due to the rain.
Portola lost 7-1 to Sutter last Friday morning, then went on to lose 7-0 to Gridley later in the day. Both Sutter and Gridley are in higher divisions than Portola. Portola’s record dropped to 4-8-1 overall. The Tigers have yet to start league play.
The rain affected other softball teams as well. Quincy didn’t get a single game in last week, for instance. Chester’s game against University Prep was moved up a day and Greenville got a doubleheader in to start its season.
Chester’s young team continued to dominate last week, taking down University Prep 10-5 on March 27. The Volcanoes’ record rose to an impressive 8-2 overall and 2-1 in league.
Offensively, the Volcanoes racked up the runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Chester brought home three runs in each of these innings and added one more in the sixth.
Chester’s batting was above par, with contributions from multiple ballplayers. Rebecca Branch, Theresa Miller and Allison House all doubled. Lily Kenyon led in RBIs with two. Reanna Trujillo had two hits in three times at bat.
Branch pitched for Chester, striking out 11 batters and allowing no earned runs. Of the 28 at bat, Branch allowed only four hits.
Due to a lack of players, Greenville’s softball team got a late start on the season. The team finally headed out to the field March 25 for a doubleheader at Loyalton. Greenville lost the first game 9-0 and the second 6-0.
Despite the losses, Greenville coaches Patty and Otto Brackett said the improvement in the girls’ performance was noticeable as each inning progressed. Most girls on the team had never played before this season.
The Bracketts mentioned several players who stood out in the doubleheader, including first-time pitcher Sidney McIntosh and second baseman Nikole Machado. Patty mentioned that they did a spectacular job.