Exeter falls to Yosemite in second round game

The Monarchs took a huge win over Fresno's McLane in the first round of the Division III Central Section Softball playoffs on Wednesday, May 17. The Monarchs took an 8-3 victory to advance to the second round contest with Yosemite.

The Monarchs traveled to Yosemite on May 19 where their luck turned sour in a 4-1 loss to end the season.

Exeter defeated McLane with homefield advantage in the first of the two games.

With the score tied at 0-0 in the bottom of the third, Cortney Whitlock started the inning off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Callie Souza got on base by a McLane error. With two outs Markie Simons drew an error to let Whitlock score. Ashley Wilson's base hit drove in Callie Souza then Catlin Carter hit a single to score Simons.

In the fourth, Whitlock once again started things off with a walk, got to second on a wild pitch and was moved over on Marlene Gonzalez's single. Katie LaFleur's hit to left field drove in Whitlock and Gonzalez ran home when McLane's left fielder could not pick up the ball.

In the fifth inning, Exeter added three more runs after Wilson hit a single, went to second on a wild pitch and stole third base. Carter was put on with a walk and Chelsea Boland's bunt single scored Wilson. Carter ran home on a bad throw at first. Boland stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and was brought home on a sacrifice hit by Whitlock.

Top hitters Marlene Gonzalez and Wilson both went two for four.

Shannon Mahan pitched a great game allowing no McLane runs until the top of the seventh.

The Monarchs left the safety of their home field for a 1-4 loss to Yosemite in the following playoff contest.

&#8220The girls played a great game with very strong defense and made good contact at the plate,” Exeter coach Karen Zeibak said.

Yosemite pitcher, Sharon Barr has the second best ERA in the Valley of only .204. Exeter managed good hits that just didn't drop in.

&#8220We had many great plays including Callie Souza's catch against the center field fence and Cortney Whitlock's strong defensive catching.”

Wilson also finished strong in the final game at third base with four put-outs and two assists.

&#8220Every player on the team stepped up and played a great game,” Zeibak said.

Top hits for the game include Callie Souza's lead-off triple in the top of the seventh. She was hit in by Markie Simon's Sacrifice. Wilson had a double and Shannon Mahan had a single.

Yosemite played tough. They had no errors and didn't walk any batters.

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