CERES — Erica Ballard’s golf game had been inconsistent the last few weeks, but the Hughson High junior was anything but erratic Wednesday at River Oaks.
Her career-best 1-under 26 led Hughson past Patterson 143-162 and gave it sole possession of second in the Valley Foothill League.
“I had three good rounds to open the season, but then I went into a slump,” said Ballard, whose Huskies (7-1) trail Central Catholic (8-0) in the South Division. “I’ve shot a 29, but never anything like this.”
She birdied the 85-yard No.
5 with a half-swing of a pitching wedge and a seven-foot putt, and parred the other eight holes.
EAST UNION 203, WESTON RANCH 348, at Manteca Park GC— Krysta Clark fired an even-par 37 for the Lancers (12-0, 8-0 VOL).
MODESTO 4, BEYER 1, at Modesto — Jorge Esperaza had two goals and an assist for Modesto (6-0 Modesto Metro Conference).
DOWNEY 6, ENOCHS 0, at Enochs -- Downey's (4-1-1 MMC) Sam Bell and Paulo Navarro scored twice.
DAVIS 3, JOHANSEN 1, at Johansen -- Luiz Duenas had two goals for Davis (2-3-1 MMC), which sealed it on Josue Garcia's first-touch shot after a Phillip Richter corner kick.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2, GUSTINE 1, at Central -- Nico Hernandez dropped a direct kick over the outreached hands of the goalie to put Central up 2-1 with 10 minutes left.
Boys Cross Country
RIVERBANK WINS, at Legion Park -- Riverbank easily defeated three Trans-Valley League foes, led by German Fernandez's 15 minutes, 45 seconds for 3.1 miles.
DAVIS 15, DOWNEY 60, at Dry Creek Park -- Dominick Velez (17:36) of Davis led the entire race, edging teammate Victor Vieyra.
Girls Cross Country
DAVIS 15, DOWNEY 60, at Dry Creek Park -- Amanda Innes of Davis won by 61 seconds in 18:55.
ESCALON WINS, at Legion Park -- Escalon defeated Riverbank and Ripon in a TVL meet, led by winner Pearl Rivers (20:37) at Legion Park.
DOWNEY 3, ENOCHS 1, at Enochs -- Madeline Liddle had 13 kills for Downey (5-1 MMC) in a 23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-6 victory.
MODESTO 3, BEYER 0, at Modesto -- The Panthers (6-0 MMC) prevailed 25-21, 25-9, 25-10 in their first match in their newly remodeled gym. Modesto coach Adrienne Uecker said Ashley Nickell played "an amazing all-around game."
BIG VALLEY CHR. 3, MILLENNIUM 0, at BVC -- Jennifer Masui (six kills, six aces, eight digs) led BVC (10-4, 4-0 HCL) to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-19 win.