Sonora High School nearly bounced all the way back from a seven-run deficit, but came up just short yesterday in a 7-6 softball loss to Calaveras at Vikki Wagoner Field.
The Wildcats (2-7) fell behind 7-0 when Calaveras scored two runs in the top of the third inning and put five more on the board in the fourth. Sonora chipped away with two runs in the fourth and two in the fifth, then made the Redskins sweat by scoring two more in the bottom of the seventh.
"We're knocking on the door," Sonora coach Nick Parry said. "We just have to kick it in."
Katie Begier singled to start the Sonora seventh, and she and Melissa Webbon eventually scored on two of Calaveras' six errors. Begier and Webbon scored all of Sonora's runs, with each tallying three times.
Poor Calaveras fielding was the main reason the game got close, as Sonora hitters managed only four singles.
Coming off Tuesday's emotionally draining, 1-0 loss at Sonora, the Bears were drubbed 12-2 at Gustine in a game shortened to six innings by the 10-run-lead rule.
"We were flat," Summerville coach Donnie Wright said. "We expended a lot of energy and intensity (against Sonora)."
The Bears (1-4-1) managed to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when leadoff hitter Wyatt Ray drew a walk and eventually scored on Travis Ford's single.
After Gustine (8-5) tied the game with a run in the second, Adam Artzer put Summerville back ahead 2-1 in the top of the third inning by driving in Quint Gerber with a single.
But with the flu bug sweeping through the Summerville dugout, Wright was forced to make four defensive changes and the Bears fell apart just when starting pitcher Dillon Ray began to run out of gas.
Summerville committed four of its six errors in the bottom of the third, opening the door for a 10-run Gustine inning against Ray and reliever Ryan Drewery. Six of Gustine's runs were un-earned.