SACRAMENTO — The Enochs High Eagles made their presence felt Saturday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 Championships.
And, though beaten once, they're still alive.
The Modesto Metro Conference champions began their day by eliminating defending Division 2 champion Woodcreek 1-0 via a controversial run that resulted in arguments for 20 minutes. Later, Enochs (21-6-1) was blanked 6-0 by Vintage (29-0).
The Eagles return to the Sacramento Softball Complex against Roseville on Monday at 4 p.m.
Enochs advanced to the double-elimination portion of the tournament with its stunning sixth-inning run against Woodcreek.
An errant throw to Woodcreek third baseman Christal Vierra pulled her off the bag and allowed Enochs sophomore Jordan Barber after her slide to break for the plate, where she was tagged out with room to spare by catcher Frankie Orlando. The umpire ruled, however, that Vierra obstructed Barber at third, and Enochs was awarded the run.
Tournament director Don Barney said the play was dead once Vierra would not allow Barber to get up right away after the slide, nullifying the tagout at home.
The Eagles then ran into the undefeated Crushers and sophomore Emily Oestreich, who tossed a five-hit shutout and struck out nine. Enochs trailed only 1-0 before giving up three in the fifth.
ROSEVILLE 5, MERCED 3, at Stockton Roseville broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the sixth inning to defeat Merced at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Megan Kravec went 2-or-3 with a home run for the Central California Conference champion Bears (22-6) in the loss. Rheanne Lewis also had two hits and scored a run for Merced.
ROCKLIN 6, BUHACH COLONY 1, at Stockton Buhach Colony took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning but would not score again as Rocklin went on to score six unanswered runs to win the battle of the Thunders.
Allison Clarot had the lone extra-base hit for Buhach Colony (13-12-1) with a double.
TRACY 10, GREGORI 0, at Stockton Tracy scored four runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back in a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over Gregori.
SIERRA 4, KIMBALL 0, at Stockton Sierra defeated Kimball to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 championship. It is the Timberwolves' second title in three years, also winning in 2011.
HUGHSON 4, LINDEN 3, at Stockton Hughson won its third consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section title Saturday with a victory over Linden at the Arnaiz Softball Complex.
The Huskies (24-4-1) held a slim 3-2 lead heading into the seventh and final inning, but Linden tied the game with a single run in the top half. Hughson would make sure the game would not go into extras, scoring the title-winning run in the bottom half.
WATERFORD 2, LE GRAND 1, at Stockton Waterford ruined Southern League rival Le Grand's hopes of a second championship in three years Saturday in the Sac-Joaquin championship game at the Arnaiz Softball Complex.
Kylie Ragsdale helped her own cause, doubling in the eventual-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. The right-hander also went the distance in the circle, striking out 11 hitters.