After winning league for the first time in nine years, the Monarch softball team downed Dinuba for the third time this season. The 3-2 win over the Emperors advanced the Monarchs to the Semifinals.

Exeter scored all three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jody Williamson got on base with a well placed bunt. She was put out at second by an Amy Noel fielder's choice. Madeleine Gonzalez then singled Noel to second. Callie Souza hit a triple to bring in Noel and Gonzalez.

But Exeter's rally didn't stop there. Melissa Rapoza drove in Souza for what would become the winning run.

Exeter threatened again in the bottom of the forth with runners on first and second. But a couple of close calls left both runners on base.

Dinuba failed to put runners on base until the top of the third when the Emperor's Alycia Campos started the inning off with a double and scored on Exeter's error. There was a close call at the plate when center fielder Stephanie Ford made an incredible stop, threw the ball in to shortstop Williamson who then fired the ball home to get the runner at the plate. Dinuba coach Angela Collins questioned the call but both umpires greed the runner was out.

Dinuba scored their final run in top of the sixth inning after Allyssa Oliedo led off with a double. Then, with two outs, Linda Wilson hit a triple to bring in Oliedo.

Amy Noel was the winning pitcher, striking out three and walking one batter.

Campos was the losing pitcher, striking out one, walking two, and hitting one batter.

Exeter and Dinuba each had five hits.

"I felt great about the win," Exeter coach Karen Zeibak said. "They knew they had to win. They had a job to do and they got it done."

Exeter once again saw great clutch hitting from freshmen Callie Souza.

"Callie has come up with big hits in almost every tight game Exeter has faced this season," Zeibak said. Souza came up with 2 RBIs in both the playoff game and the Monarchs' first league win over Dinuba.

She has also had winning RBIs in several close games during league play.

Melissa Rapoza's bat has also been strong during the last part of the season, hitting in game runs in two close games. Against Dinuba she went two for three and drove in the winning RBI.

Stephanie Ford had some key plays in center field, taking away several hits from Dinuba.

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