The Bulldogs showed off their dominating stance by leading the Tigers 2-0 in the first inning, earning several base runs after pitching it just past the in-field or sending hard grounders down the third base line.
The Tigers were not willing to give up easily. While up to bat, junior Leanna Lindsey of Patterson hit a hard line drive to the Ceres pitcher. Ceres stole the Tigers’ thunder by snatching the catch, however, and the game quickly followed suit. No matter where the ball went or how hard the Tigers seem to hit, Ceres was able to anticipate it all and make quick plays to keep the Tigers off base.
The Tigers answered back in the second inning by keeping the Bulldogs scoreless, but could not make progress in the batter’s box themselves. Two strike outs kept junior Keana Lindsey and senior Sadie Schut from advancing past second and first base. A pop up by junior Britnei Murray sealed the inning with a scoreless count once again.
Ceres answered back with a run in the third quarter after garnering a powerful hit to left-center field, making the lead 3-0 in Ceres’ favor. Despite having runners in scoring position on third and second, Patterson was able to hold off the advance in the top of third, but would soon face another onslaught of powerful hits to the outfield in the innings to come.
Patterson had a promising third inning at bat however once Leanna Lindsey faced against Ceres’ pitcher. After obtaining a walk on, L. Lindsey stole second on the ensuing play. Although her teammates were unable to maintain a steady base hit, L. Lindsey forced herself onto third by sliding head first into a close contest. L. Lindsey anticipated coming home, but was forced to plant herself at third until the inning was up.
The Tigers faced another tough inning after Nicole Bates of Ceres hit a home run just over the fence in right center for a score of 4-0 in the top of the fourth. The next hit was a hard drive to center field, but Tiger centerfielder L. Lindsey answered back with a large leap into the air for an impressive catch. The following plays however, would drive Patterson away, and the fourth inning ended with a 5-0 score with Ceres in the lead.
The Tigers received two walks early in the fourth inning, but could not gain a run throughout the entire inning. Keana Lindsey attempted to steal home after a tag out at first, but Ceres was quick for the turn around and stole Patterson’s glory with a quick tag at home. Pop up’s seemed to keep Patterson’s batters from advancing forward as well.
In spite of all their efforts, the Tigers were unable to garner one run or keep Ceres from hitting darting grounders or uncovered pockets at bat. By the sixth inning, Ceres nearly doubled their score by achieving six runs.
Still, the Tigers held their heads high and fought for victory until the last out of the inning.
Coach Jennifer Hamm said she felt the girls showed a lot of character in finishing the game, and knew it would be a hard road to victory against Ceres, who currently commands a 10-0 league standing.
“The girls continued to fight the entire game,” said Hamm on Thursday afternoon. “We held them to three runs for a while, but things just didn’t go our way today. I wouldn’t trade these girls for anything. I’m proud of them no matter what.”
The Tigers will join the NorCal Tournament in Tracy throughout the week of April 23 to 26. Times have yet to be announced as of press time.
The Tigers’ JV team prominently showed off their stripes against the Ceres Bulldogs on Thursday afternoon, April 16 at Patterson High, lauding efforts for a close match that ended in a loss (3-0) in Ceres’ favor.
Assistant Coach Trey Parson proclaimed that he was not upset over the defeat, and instead praised his team for their consistency and hard work. According to Parson, the Tigers not only held the Bulldogs to their lowest score of the season, but also proved equal in terms of strength and stamina. Last Wednesday, the Tigers lost 9-0 against the Bulldogs, which showcased their improvement within the last week of play.
“This is by far the best I’ve seen my team all year,” said Parson. “I couldn’t be more proud of how they played today.”
Parson said the standout athlete of the day was shortstop Sam Dougherty, who made solid contact for every at bat and field play of the game.