LOCAL ROUNDUP: Le Grand holds off Waterford in SL softball showdown

March 28, 2013 

LE GRAND -- Gia Priddell got the start she was looking for from her Le Grand softball team in Thursday's Southern League showdown.

It was the finish she could have done with out.

The Bulldogs took a comfortable six-run lead into the seventh inning Behind Marissa Belmontes' three doubles and three RBIs, but the Wildcats came storming back.

Waterford had the Le Grand lead down to one with just one out. Starting pitcher Rebecca Nichols, however, recovered to close out the 9-8 victory.

"The umpire wouldn't give us the outside corner, and they were a team that could hit the inside pitch," Priddell said. "They started putting some good swings on the ball in the last inning.

"I freaked out a little bit, but we were able to hold on."

The win makes the Bulldogs (8-2, 6-0 SL) the only remaining undefeated team in the SL and gives them sole possession of first place.

Erica Perez had three hits in the victory and Madison Furtado and Shelbee Barraza each chipped in two.

Merced 11, Pitman 0

Madylin Nickles tossed a five-inning one-hitter and Chelsea Evans hit a home run and drove in three as Merced kept itself atop the CCC standings with a win over Pitman.

Shelbee Ward doubled and also drove in three while Megan Kravec and Ruby Quiralte each chipped in two hits for the Bears (5-1 CCC).

Buhach Colony 12, Golden Valley 1

ATWATER -- Mary Castillo picked up three hits and allowed just one run in five complete innings for the Thunder (5-1 CCC).

Shyan Crutcher had a double for the Cougars (1-5 CCC).

SWIMMING

Merced 120, Turlock 63

TURLOCK -- Jondae Monteon won a pair of individual events and helped the Bears (3-0 CCC) win a couple relays as Merced won big on the road.

Atwater 98, Golden Valley 79

Miranda Knobloch and Hannah Van Warmerdam each won a pair of individual events to help push the Falcons past Golden Valley.

Mikayla Arceo provided the Cougars' only win in the 100-yard butterfly.

BOYS BASEBALL

Turlock 5, Golden Valley 1

TURLOCK -- Jerrod Hamblin tossed six solid innings for the Cougars, but a pair of errors helped the Bulldogs break the game open with three unearned runs.

Turlock's Tyler Murphy allowed just one run on two hits while striking out 10 in six complete innings.

SWIMMING

Merced 121, Turlock 62

TURLOCK -- Brett Fogelberg, Josh Fluetsch and Isaac Santana all won multiple events as Merced swept the Bulldogs.

Matt Cagle and Patrick Roberts were also winners for the Bears.

Atwater 121, Golden Valley 63

Connor Hoppe won the 100 breast stroke and 200 IM, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars fell to the Falcons at home.

Hans Van Warmerdam won the 100 back stroke for Atwater.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Merced College 8, Cerritos 4

SANTA MARIA -- Carl Jameson pitched two scoreless innings of relief and the Merced College baseball team managed to overcome a late collapse in a victory over Cerritos.

The Blue Devils (14-10) gave up the lead in the seventh inning, but answered with a five-run eighth. Robbie Dallas (two RBIs) tied the game back up with a sacrifice fly and Shota Nagatomi (two RBIs) put MC up for good with a bases- loaded walk.

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