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Softball Girls Start Season Off Strong
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Riverbank sophomore Briana Allen lets fly a pitch as the Lady Bruins took on Turlock in the Ceres Softball Tournament at Rainbow Fields. On Saturday, Riverbank beat Johansen 22-1, but lost to Patterson, 6-3, then won against Central Valley of Ceres, 10-7. - photo by Ric McGinnis/The News

With four wins in five games this week, the varsity Lady Bruins have seen some early success on the softball field.

They defeated Turlock, Davis, Johansen and Central Valley of Ceres in recent play, with their only loss coming to former Trans-Valley League foe Patterson, which now plays in the WAC, Western Athletic Conference.

In action during the Ceres Tournament against Turlock on March 5, the girls got a 4-2 win with a pair of runs batted in from sophomore Jenny Verdin.

Sophomore Briana Allen was the winning pitcher in a 9-0 win over Davis, with two RBIs each from Jackie Hernandez, Cristina Perez and Allen, with three hits rapped out by Joslyn Beliera.

Action continued for the squad at Rainbow Fields in the Ceres Tournament on Saturday, with three games on the schedule that day.

They won in impressive fashion against Johansen, 22-1, with Beliera the winning pitcher and also helping her own cause with two hits, four runs scored and four RBIs. Toni Adams had two hits and three runs batted in, Verdin knocked in a run, scored three and rapped out three hits and freshman Lily Gallagher scored three runs.

In a 6-3 loss to Patterson, seven players each had one hit for the Lady Bruins, with RBIs from Hernandez and Beliera. Allen took the loss on the mound.

The girls regrouped quickly and earned a 10-7 win against Central Valley of Ceres, with a big day at the plate from senior and team captain Brittany Cody. She was 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI to lead the varsity girls. Verdin was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Adams and Chloe Arnold each went 2-for-3, with Arnold also knocking in a run. Beliera, a freshman, was the winning pitcher.

The girls were scheduled to play at Linden on Tuesday, March 11 after The News went to press and open up Trans-Valley League play with a game at Escalon on Thursday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

Cassi Ross returns to coach the girls and has a mix of veterans and newcomers, with four freshmen, four sophomores, and four seniors on the team.