The Summerville Bears and Calaveras Redskin softballers split a Mother Lode League doubleheader on Wednesday in Tuolumne.
The Bears, behind hurler Taylor Ebner, defeated the Redskins 2-0 in Game 1.
Ebner threw a complete game with eight strikeouts.
“We didn’t get any good swings,” said Redskins head coach Mike Koepp. “Their pitcher (Ebner) is good and threw a lot of strikes.”
“Taylor just had a great game on the mound and girls played good defense behind her, so we played well,” said Bears head coach Ben Watson.
While Ebner was dealing in the circle, Taylor Leslie was swinging the stick. Leslie went 2 for 3 with a triple and both runs batted in.
The Bears scored single runs in the first and third inning.
“They did a good job of jumping out on us and getting ahead,” said Koepp. “They put some aggressive swings on the ball and their catcher (Leslie) had a great game, a couple of real good games.”
Jennifer Scanlin went 2 for 3 to lead the Calaveras offense.
In Game 2, the Redskins wasted no time in jumping on the Bears, scoring three runs in the first and second inning to take a 6-0 lead on their way to a 9-5 victory.
“They jumped out to a big lead after two innings and we had a hard time battling back,” said Watson. “We scored four in the fifth and one in the sixth but we spotted them so many runs early we had a hard time coming all the way back. Calaveras came out focused and played hard in the second game. We struggled a little bit and hung in there but we didn’t play a great game. I gotta give them a lot of credit.”
Marissa Hukkanen hurled a complete game for the Redskins with one walk and six strikeouts and the top three hitters in the Calaveras lineup smacked a combined 10 hits. Grace Carr had three singles and scored three runs, Hukkanen had three hits and two runsand Scanlin hit four hits and four runs batted in.
“Marissa was cruising through the first four innings,” said Koepp. “They kind of got to her in the fifth and sixth but she shut them down in the seventh. She threw really well.”
Summerville was led on offense by Leslie (2 for 4) and Lydia Vass (2 for 4).
The Redskins will next play West in the first round of the Nor Cal touranment in Tracy on Friday.
The Bears will have a week off before playing at Amador next Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“We’ve had a tough league so far,” said Watson. “We played well in the first game today and kind of let down in the second game. We lost by one to Bret Harte (3-1 MLL) to start it off. In Game 2, Argonaut (3-1) got us by 3-2. It was nice to get a victory in the first game but I think if we can cut down on our mistakes, we can compete with just about anybody.”