HILMAR -- Orestimba High has been the Western Athletic Conference's dominant softball program for more than a decade, even winning a mythical small-school state championship last spring.
The powerful Warriors were pushed to the limit Wednesday, however, before escaping with a 1-0 victory over rival Hilmar.
Kara Spinelli fired a no-hitter for the top-ranked small-school Warriors (10-1, 3-0), who scored in the sixth. Courtney Ramos allowed two hits for Hilmar (8-2, 2-1), No. 2 in The Bee's small-school rankings.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 11, LIVINGSTON 10, at Modesto -- The Raiders (6-4, 1-2) scored nine in the sixth to overcome a 9-2 deficit and top the Wolves (0-8, 0-3), as winning pitcher Briana Rijos drove in two runs and threw three innings of relief.
PATTERSON 5, GUSTINE 0, at Patterson -- Mandy Sifuentes was dangerous whether she had the ball or a bat in her hands, tossing a six-hit shutout and knocking in two runs to lead the Tigers (6-5, 2-1) past the No. 4 small-school Redskins (8-4, 1-2).
MODESTO CHR. 10, RIPON 0, at Salida -- Brittany Thompson drove in three runs, while Kendell Taylor fired a three-hit shutout with no walks to lift the No. 3 small-school Crusaders (7-2, 3-0) over the Indians (2-7, 0-3).
HUGHSON 3, ESCALON 0, at Hughson -- Aly Hoffman hurled a two-hitter and the No. 5 small-school Huskies capitalized on a two-run error in the fifth to top the Cougars (6-6, 1-1), despite Katlyn Brooks' two-hitter.
RIVERBANK 10, RIPON CHRISTIAN 2, at Ripon Christian -- Jessica Guzman and Kaylin Palavos had back-to-back doubles in a five-run sixth as the Bruins (4-5, 1-2) beat the Knights (1-4, 0-2).
DENAIR 1, WATERFORD 0, at Denair -- Kortne Bacca fired a three-hitter and struck out 10 to win a pitching duel with Kendra Curtis (five-hitter, nine strikeouts), as the Coyotes (1-5, 1-0) topped the Wildcats (2-4, 1-1).
Valley Oak League
MANTECA 3, CERES 2, at Manteca -- A bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth, following three consecutive singles, produced the winning run as the Buffaloes (7-1, 2-0) slipped past the Bulldogs (5-6, 1-1). Vaneza Hoover's two-run single in the third had put Ceres up 2-1.
Modesto Metro Conference
JOHANSEN 2, DOWNEY 1, at Johansen -- Chelsea Guenther doubled in the bottom of the eighth and eventually scored on a passed ball as the Vikings (7-3, 2-1) slipped past the Knights (3-4, 1-2). Carissa Dunn hurled a three-hitter for the win, though Jordan Flora smacked a homer off her in the first inning.
BEYER 3, ENOCHS 1, at Enochs -- Melaina Saalfeld struck out nine as the first-place Patriots (7-1, 3-0) beat the Eagles (4-5, 0-3).
DAVIS 3, MODESTO 0, at Modesto -- Desi Maldonado hurled a one-hitter, striking out 10 and walking none, and Alannah Johns tripled and scored as the Spartans (3-4, 2-1) blanked the Panthers (3-7, 1-2).
Mother Lode League
SUMMERVILLE 13, ARGONAUT 2, at Tuolumne City -- Corine Brick made sure the Bears (6-5, 3-0) stayed hot, firing a three-hitter, homering and driving in three runs to beat the Mustangs.
Central California Conference
LOS BANOS 5, TURLOCK 4, at Turlock -- Patrice Jones' single drove in the go-ahead run for the Tigers (5-8, 1-1) in the top of the 10th -- the runner was put on second base to open the inning under the international tie-breaker rule -- and the game ended with a Bulldog (5-5, 0-2) runner on third. Sierrah Garcia had 18 strikeouts for Los Banos.
BUHACH COLONY 4, PITMAN 2, at Buhach Colony -- The Thunder (9-4, 2-0) made four errors, but two big defensive plays contributed to its win over the Pride (1-6, 0-1). Leading 4-1 in the fifth, outfielder Diane Gallagher tracked Tiare Jennings' double and made a perfect throw to shortstop Morgana Dallas, who threw to catcher Brittany Jantz at home to nail a Pitman runner.
With runners at first and third in the seventh, Dallas was running to cover second on a steal, reversed her path to field a grounder and threw out the runner by a half step to end it.