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Bruins Split Two Games
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In Rainy Tournament

While rain wiped out softball play on both Wednesday and Friday, Riverbank High School managed to get in two matches on Thursday of the scheduled three-day Riverbank Tourney at Rainbow Fields.

In opening the softball season, the varsity Bruins defeated the Waterford Wildcats by 3-0 on Thursday, and then lost to Calaveras, 4-0.

In the first inning against Waterford, Chelsi Walls and Sara O'Dell were both walked and then scored off a base hit by Tessa Lozano, said Riverbank coach Cassi Ross.

In the same inning, Courtney Brock made a sacrifice bunt to bring home Lozano and score the third run.

Walls did the pitching and gave up just one hit in striking out 10 batters for "an awesome performance," said Ross.

Waterford garnered only one hit, which came in the Wildcats' second inning and never again got a runner on base.

In the match against Calaveras, the opposing pitcher was excellent, and Riverbank made zero hits.

"We also made quite a few errors," said Ross. "But we only had four previous practices as a team thanks to the rain. I'm happy with our defense and our hitting will come."

Kayla Sedain handled the pitching against Calaveras, gave up two hits and made one strikeout. Calaveras gained its four runs on two hits and a couple of Riverbank errors.

"We played cleanly, but we did not execute," said Ross.

Brock will do some pitching this season, in addition to Walls and Sedain.

The tournament drew 10 varsity and 10 junior varsity teams. They included Argonaut, Calaveras, Escalon, Waterford, Livingston, LeGrand, Patterson, Bret Harte and Riverbank. But rain prevented play on all but Thursday.

Riverbank's junior varsity softballer players lost both their games, by 9-4 to LeGrand and by 11-0 to Calaveras.

"We didn't get enough practice beforehand," said Riverbank junior varsity coach Lisa Mila. "We were rained out. But it was a good showing for the first time out. They were very tough teams. We need more experience."

In softball slated for this week, Riverbank faced Central Catholic away on Tuesday, and they will play in the Argonaut Tourney tomorrow, March 10, and again on Saturday. The Bruins have a home game slated for Friday against Modesto Christian. Game time is 3:30 p.m.