Sorftball team beats Lindsay, Woodlake; prepare for unbeaten Dinuba

The last time the Dinuba Emperors softball team played Exeter, the Monarchs were nursing injuries and woosie from a rugged tournament schedule in Buchanan.

When they meet again in the second round of East Sequoia League play on April 13, they will be facing a much different team. A team that beat Woodlake 4-1 on Friday, Lindsay 3-0 on Tuesday and hasn't lost a game since falling to Dinuba 12-1 on March 19.

"Our goal is to win league, I can see us taking the lead," Exeter coach Karen Zeibak said. "Nobody was in their position [when they played Dinuba the first time] we were still adjusting and we were exhausted physically and emotionally. I am hoping it will be different this time."

Amy Noel continues to dominate ESL opponents on the mound. She pitched her second consecutive ESL shutout on March 30, blanking Lindsay while striking out nine hitters and allowing just one hit that came in the top of the seventh inning.

As dominant as Noel has been on the mound shortstop Amanda Bybee has been with the bat. Against Woodlake on Friday she went 2-for-4 and had one ball hit the top of the fence and back into play. For the game she had two RBI.

Against Woodlake Melissa Raposa also had two hits with a double and two RBI and Noel went 1-for-1 with a stolen base. Marlene Gonzales also went 1-for-1.

In Exeter's shutout of Lindsay Jess Morris picked off two runners at first base and also had one hit and one RBI in the game to lead the Monarchs.

The Monarchs take the field again on Tuesday April 13 against Dinuba and will play Corcoran that Friday.

Dinuba is currently 5-0 in league and 8-0 for the season.

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