By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Softball Errors Prompt Changes In Outfield
Placeholder Image
There have been changes in the outfield in order to get some speed in running down the ball, said Riverbank's varsity softball coach Sam Graham.

The changes are prompted by an excess of errors that led to the Bruins losing to Patterson, 7-0, on Tuesday and to Ripon, 5-0, on Thursday.

The latter game was the better for the Bruins. At least they collected five hits, although they couldn't come up with a run.

Stephanie Tapia hit a single in four visits to the plate, and Karina Vizcaino went 2-for-3 with two singles.

Jamie Davidson pitched the whole game and held Ripon to nine hits. Ripon scored three runs in the first inning and two in the third.

"We never recovered from that first inning," said Graham. "Ripon has new coaches for both varsity and junior varsity teams, and they're good."

It was a windy day with a lot of dust swirling around the plate, which didn't help the batters, he added.

Riverbank made three errors in that game to their opponents four. But the Bruins committed seven errors in their shutout by Patterson.

"The errors hurt us. The girls had a rough time with Patterson and did not rise to the occasion," said Graham.

Megan Medrano pitched the first three innings for Riverbank and gave up three hits. Davidson took over on the mound and allowed two more hits. Riverbank came up with three hits, but again no runs.

Patterson scored two runs in the first inning, three in the third, one in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

This week the Bruins are due to continue a string of home games. They will play Hilmar on Tuesday and Livingston on Thursday.

During the spring break from school, they are slated to participate in a three-day American Easter Tourney starting on Monday.