The Bulldog softball team put its speed on the bases to good use in a 9-2 win over Lincoln High on Thursday at the Tracy Sports Complex.
With senior leadoff batter Ellie Fisher out with an injury, juniors Alee Balanon and Haley Nunes got the Bulldogs going with two infield singles, followed by freshman Mikayla Coelho’s two-RBI triple. Senior Jazmin Clarke walked, and sophomore Sonia Reddy drove in two runs on a single.
Tracy (13-3, 7-1 San Joaquin Athletic Association) scored three more runs in the second inning after senior Sabrina George reached on an error and Balanon outran the throw for an infield single. Nunes came up for a sacrifice bunt that ended up bringing three runners home, including herself, after the throw to first went high and into outfield foul territory.
“All I heard was ‘Go! Go to second!’” Nunes said, adding that third base coach Ed Smith kept waving her around. “I just kept my head down and ran to home.”
She said that her team’s ability to score on plays like that is a point of pride for the Bulldogs.
“We just have a lot of speed on this team. A lot of speed. Pretty much everyone’s fast on this team, which we love.”
Coach Greg Smith said that speed on the bases has long been the Bulldogs’ advantage, and now he emphasizes that the team needs to first focus on reaching base.
“We have to be successful at putting bunts down. We worked on steals for a long time, but that’s not as effective with really good catchers. We have to learn to be good bunters and runners,” he said.
Tracy gained its last two runs in the fourth inning on junior Lyndsee Cracraft’s two-RBI single.
Senior starting pitcher Tayler Misfeldt got the win. She pitched seven innings, the first three with no Lincoln batters reaching base, and struck out six batters. Lincoln (10-9, 4-4 SJAA) got six hits and one earned run.
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