The Union Democrat Sports Department

The Bret Harte Bullfrogs edged the visiting Bears 7-6 in Friday's softball clash that officially opened the 2013 Mother Lode League season for Summerville.

The Bears took an early lead with two runs in the first inning, but Bret Harte plated one to narrow the gap.

Summerville had another run in the second inning, but again the Bullfrogs answered, this time with four runs to take a 5-3 lead going into the third.

The Bears tied the score 5-5 in the fourth inning before Bret Harte regained the lead in the bottom of the frame with two more runs. Summerville tallied a run in the sixth to narrow the gap but couldn't get another in the seventh to close it.

Bret Harte assistant coach Ralph Emerson said "incredible plays, pitching and timely hitting" ultimately won the game for the Bullfrogs.

"Bret Harte worked as a team to shut Summerville down," Emerson said, "and with plays like a remarkable outfield catch by Keryn Thompson, Bret Harte pulled off a win even though Summerville hit very well going 12 for 35, while Bret Harte went 11 for 34."

Five of Bret Harte's total runs came off the bats of sluggers Thompson, Sydney Davis and Bekka Gross.

"Sydney Davis went 4 for 4 with three RBIs while Keryn Thompson and Bekka Gross also had impressive hitting performances," Emerson said.

Gross and Thompson each went 3 for 4 individually with Gross hitting two triples.

"(Gross) showed why she changes games through aggressive base running and leading by example as a team leader and all star catcher," Emerson said.

Bullfrog pitcher Taylor O'Connor earned the win throwing a complete game with four strikeouts.

Summerville's Taylor Ebner also pitched a complete game and recorded 11 strikeouts.

With the win, Bret Harte advances to 1-1 in the MLL and will on Tuesday travel to Sutter Creek for a game against the Amador Buffaloes, who were demolished by the Redskins 26-2 on Friday.

Summerville (0-1 MLL) next hosts Argonaut at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday.

"All the girls swam great today," said Verhuel. "The relays were really exciting. Kimball has some good swimmers. The girls might have lost by one, but I think it was a successful meet."