OAKDALE -- Oakdale's Brianna Parker struck out nine hitters as she mowed down Merced’s lineup on her way to a two-hit shutout in a 4-0 win in a nonconference softball game on Thursday afternoon.
Lindsi Cousyns gave up just four hits for Merced (2-7).
“The strikeouts are the difference,” Merced coach Bart McAfee said. “Lindsi has been pitching well. We face these good pitchers and we only make the other team make 10 plays a game. We make a couple errors and we have to make 19 plays.”
Merced will open up Central California Conference play at home on Tuesday against Los Banos.
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ATWATER 6, ROOSEVELT 2MADERA -- Mari Valdez helped Atwater (1-5) pick up its first win with three hits and an RBI.
Rikki Sugiura, Aliyah Ricks and Louisiana Brasil also collected two hits for Atwater.
Ricks only gave up three hits in the circle as well.
MERCED 127, ATWATER 56
ATWATER -- Allison Miller won the 100-and 500-yard freestyle and also helped two Merced relay teams win.
Merced improved to 3-0 in the CCC.
MERCED 101, ATWATER 84
ATWATER -- Ryan Randall racked up wins in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley to help Merced win.
MERCED 240, LOS BANOS 276
Merced's Griffin Kelley tied Los Banos' Mark Nocito for the low round of the day with a 41.
MARIPOSA 4, LE GRAND 1
MARIPOSA -- Tony Ortegon pitched a complete game in a losing cause for Le Grand. Ricky Martinez hit a solo homer to account for Le Grand's only run.