The Sonora Wildcats girls softball team took a tough loss over spring break to Calaveras, 27-5.

The ‘Cats were down four varsity players because of the school break, said coach Jon Abernathy.

Sonora brought up two junior varsity players to help fill out the roster. CIF rules mean they will now play on the varsity team for the remainder of the season. The junior varsity team also had players on vacation and had to forfeit their game, Abernathy said.

Despite the loss, he said there were some positives.

“We are searching for a second pitcher to back up Kelsey Burr and were able to look at three of our other pitchers,” he said. “Freshman Lucy Hessler, a call up from junior varsity, pitched two innings and showed potential as did Paige Houck.”

The ‘Cats also took the opportunity to switch up some defensive looks.

Calaveras got off to a strong start, scoring 12 runs in the top of the first. Sonora answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. But Calaveras added 6 more in the second, four in the third and five in the fifth, overpowering the Wildcats and ending the game after five.

Weather permitting, the Wildcats will play at Bret Harte Friday at 3:30 p.m.