The Tracy High softball team’s playoff run ended on Monday at the Sacramento Softball Complex with the Bulldogs’ 8-3 loss to Sheldon High of Sacramento in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Tracy High coach Greg Smith said the Sheldon Huskies (20-10, 9-1 Delta River League) seized the advantage with a four-run second inning, putting the Huskies up 5-1, and Sheldon held the lead for the rest of the way.
Tracy had 12 base hits compared with 10 for the Huskies, enough to put the Bulldogs in scoring position but not enough to bring in enough runs.
“We had bases loaded three times and couldn’t get that clutch hit,” Smith said, adding that the Bulldogs had chances to score in the last two innings.
“They kept battling. We just couldn’t get that hit to put us back in the game.”
Senior Ellie Fisher had three of Tracy’s hits, including a double, and senior Jazmin Clarke and junior Rebekah Dela Rosa had two hits each. Senior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt pitched all seven innings for the loss and struck out six batters.
The loss puts Tracy at 23-6 to end of the season, including a 14-1 record in the San Joaquin Athletic Association. Tracy was among the top eight teams in the 24-team Division I bracket, with a bye for the first round and a 10-2 win over Modesto on Saturday morning to move Tracy to the double-elimination portion of the bracket.
A 3-0 loss to Merced on Saturday afternoon and Monday’s loss eliminated the Bulldogs.
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