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Softballer Players Open With Two Runs
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Riverbank girls scored two runs in the first inning of softball against Hilmar on Friday, but eventually lost the game at 6-2.

Chelsi Walls doubled to start the game, while Tessa Lozano collected a base hit, and Courtney Brock slugged another double to bring them both across home plate. But Hilmar drew level on runs soon after that and added several more in the sixth inning.

"Our right fielder lost the ball in the sun in trying to make a catch. It bounced off her glove and they scored a bunch of runs," said Riverbank coach Cassi Ross.

For the first five innings, however, the Bruins were playing their best game of the year and hitting extremely well, while Walls handled the pitching.

"Courtney had a couple of doubles and Chelsi too," she said. "We were 2-2 going into the sixth."

In an earlier game on Wednesday against Ripon, the Bruins were shut out, 5-0.

"We didn't come ready to play. Chelsi was pitching well, but our hitting was flat," said Ross. "Our second inning was a little better. But we didn't start to hit until the sixth and seventh innings."

Walls hit a double. Heather Frost got a hit, and so did Kayla Sedain.

Looking to the end of the season this Friday, Ross added that she was proud of the team. "They got better every week, and that's what's important,"she said.

This Friday, the Bruins will play their last game, at home against Escalon. They've never beaten Escalon before, but the score was close at the last encounter and they 're banking on winning this time.