|Cougars have yet to taste defeat on softball diamond
Rancho Cotate High’s girls’ softball team has been on a roll after opening the season with a 3-3 tie on the road with American Canyon.
The Cougars have strung together five consecutive victories since then, the latest being a 4-2 non-league win March 28 over host Antioch in the two-day HASA Tournament. Rancho Cotate opened the tournament with a 1-0 win over Concord, improving the Cougars’ record to 5-0-1 overall.
More importantly, Rancho Cotate opened the North Bay League season with a 9-0 thumping of Ukiah on March 27.
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Freshman pitcher Brittney Scardina threw blanks at Antioch for six innings before allowing two runs in the top of the seventh. Fortunately for her, the Cougars erupted for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to seize control of the contest.
The Cougars’ Vickie Espinoza, a sophomore, blasted a two-run double in the fourth inning, while teammates Katie Rohrer and Taylor Del Santo also had run-scoring hits. Kristine Ricossa, Janaea Mason, Del Santo and Espinoza all scored for the Cougars.
Scardina allowed four hits, struck out four and walked three in a complete-game victory.
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Scardina, in the tournament opener, had another strong outing as she pitched seven innings, allowed five hits and struck out five in a shutout victory.
Carolina Camacho, a junior, drove in Courtney Zaccagna with the game’s only run in the top of the fourth inning. Zaccagna reached base with a single. Camacho had two of the Cougars’ three hits.
Rancho Cotate’s game on April 1 against Maria Carrillo was rained out. Saturday, the Cougars travel back to Antioch to finish play in the HASA Tournament, where they’ll face Pittsburg.
Tuesday, the Cougars are on the road for a 4 p.m. game against Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa.
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The hitting of Mason and pitching of Scardina simply were too much for Ukiah as the Cougars won the North Bay League opener at home.
Mason went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, a home run and four RBI.
Scardina pitched a complete game, striking out four, walking one and allowing five hits.
Rancho Cotate jumped on the Wildcats quickly, scoring five times in the first inning.
The Cougars added two runs in both the third and fourth innings.