Aubrey has Bears looking for softball success



Don't look now, but a ray of sunshine has finally broken through the dark cloud that's been hanging over the Summerville High School softball program for the past few years.

Ever since 1998's surprising run to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinals, Summerville softballers have struggled to remain afloat in the Mother Lode League, due in no small part to the usurping of players by club volleyball and soccer.

But after bottoming out in 2002 with a sixth-place finish in the MLL and an overall record of 5-20, Summerville has begun to turn its fortunes around in the early portion of this season, thanks largely to the efforts of sophomore starting pitcher Jessica Aubrey, The Union Democrat's Athlete of the Week.

Aubrey, who earned her varsity stripes as a freshman last season, capped an impressive preseason on Saturday by tossing the first no-hitter of her career in a 6-1 win over North Hills Christian of Vallejo in the Modesto Christian Tournament.

"I think that was the best game I've thrown," said Aubrey, who struck out nine, walked two and allowed only an unearned run in the first inning. "I didn't have to throw that many trick pitches, which I think was the main reason I was so consistent."

The no-hitter came on the heels of a complete-game, 11-strikeout performance in Summerville's 7-3 win over Fresno Christian on Friday, giving the Bears their first two-game winning streak since stringing together back-to-back victories in last year's Modesto Christian Tournament.

Aubrey (and the Bears) head into Friday's MLL opener at Linden with a record of 2-3 to go along with a 1.50 earned run average and an average of eight strikeouts per game numbers good enough to give the Bears hope.

"As a team, we're going to go as far as Jessica takes us," Summerville coach Ben Watson said. "Like (assistant coach) Ray Emerald said the other other day: She's going to keep us in all the games; it's just a matter of playing well behind her."

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Monday October 24, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Powerful Bullfrog defense too much for Bears to handle


The Bret Harte Bullfrogs felt disrespected the last time they faced the ... more

’Cats’ Reign goes on


Without knowing what was at stake, all outward appearances suggested that Thursday ... more

Sonora's Popovich earns MVP of VFL


In 2014 and 2015, Sonora’s Megan Popovich played well enough to be ... more

Columbia volleyers lose to Taft in 3 sets


The Columbia Claim Jumpers volleyball team doesn’t yet have the killer instinct ... more