After several years of rebuilding, Sonora’s softball coach Jon Abernathy believes the team is finally ready to compete.

The Wildcats were on the road Friday and Saturday for the Dandelion Tournament hosted by Argonaut in Jackson.

“We played well and the program is improved from past years,” said Abernathy.

Sonora cruised to a 9-1 win over Washington Union out of Fresno in their first round game.

Kelsey Burr was in the pitchers circle as three Wildcat players hit homeruns – Hannah Santos, Haley Santos and Burr.

Sonora dropped their second game to Rio Linda, 4-0. Kylie Kris was the pitcher and kept Rio Linda scoreless through five innings.

Paige Houck had the a lone hit for Sonora, a double.

The Wildcats came back with a strong 7-3 win over Rio Americano. They were trailing 2-0 before they went on a late seven-run streak.

Kelsey Burr got the win.

“Xochitl Gonzales hit a key double and Haley Santos drove in the go-ahead run on a bunt,” said Abernathy.

The team’s final game was a rematch with Washington Union. Sonora dropped that one 10-1.

“During the tournament we learned a lot about ourselves and were able do discuss mistakes and how to make improvements to our game,” said Abernathy.

Abernathy plans to make more adjustments to the rosters, which will include bringing up players from the Junior varsity team.

Sonora will be on the road Tuesday at Linden. The game begins at 4 p.m.

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