The Amador High School varsity softball team’s short run of rivalry dominance is over.
On Tuesday in Jackson, Argonaut used a late surge to beat Amador 5-4 and snap a six-game losing skid to the Buffaloes.
Argonaut broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and two more in the bottom of the sixth, then held on in the seventh inning to earn its first win over Amador since the 2016 season.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Argonaut tied the game at 1-1 when junior Sophia Davis reached base on a two-out bunt single, stole second base and scored on a single by freshman Lily Stinson.
The Mustangs took the lead in the fifth thanks to big hits by sophomores Keilawnee Landergen and Allie Olivarria.
Amador came back with a run of its own in the top of the sixth inning to cut the Argonaut lead to 3-2 and was threatening to score more runs with two outs and the bases loaded, but Olivarria delivered a big strikeout to end the inning.
The Mustangs (7-2, 4-1 Mother Lode League) tacked on two big insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth with RBI hits by freshman Sophia Villa and Landergen.
Junior Jillian Davis pitched the first four innings for Argonaut and Olivarria pitched the final three innings.
Amador (5-5, 3-3) had five extra-base hits in the game and generated eight walks, but wasn’t able to maximize its scoring opportunities, leaving 11 players on base. Junior Harleigh Braswell led the Buffaloes at the plate, going 2 for 2 with a double, triple, run scored and an RBI. Senior Chloe Koll, junior Brianna Bassham and freshman Cadence Lentz each had a double for Amador.
Senior Katie Blankenheim pitched a complete game for the Buffaloes, allowing two earned runs on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
Prior to the 2017 season, Argonaut had an 8-year streak of dominance over Amador, winning 26 straight games. The Mustangs will try to start building a new streak and make it two straight rivalry wins when they travel to Sutter Creek to face the Buffaloes at 4 p.m. Friday.
Amador 13, Bret Harte 8
The Buffaloes fell behind 3-0 in the first inning of Monday’s game in Angels Camp, but stormed back to take control with seven runs in the top of the third inning.
Junior Mea Alleyn highlighted the big third inning rally with a two-run home run, her first of the season, and junior Harleigh Braswell and senior Hope Swan had two-run singles.
Senior slugger Chloe Koll capped a monster day at the plate for Amador with her fourth home run of the season, which came in the top of the seventh inning. Koll went 5 for 5 on the day with a double, home run, two runs scored and an RBI.
Also for Amador, Braswell went 3 for 5 with a double, triple, three runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases; Swan went 2 for 4 with three RBIs; and Alleyn went 2 for 4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Senior Katie Blankenheim pitched all seven innings for the Buffaloes and struck out 10 batters.
Calaveras 18, Sonora 0
Calaveras completed a season sweep of the Wildcats with another one-sided victory that lasted only five innings on Monday in San Andreas. Offensively, Calaveras scored multiple runs in every inning and had 17 hits. Freshman Madison Clark and senior Alanda Cardon once again led the barrage with Clark going 4 for 4 with a double, four runs scored, three RBIs and two stolen bases, and Cardon going 4 for 4 with a double, four runs scored, three RBIs and one stolen base.
Also for Calaveras, sophomore Angelina Deleon went 3 for 3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI; senior Bri Head went 2 for 2 with three RBIs; junior Kacie Cosgrove had two hits; and junior Keelie Koepp had three RBIs.
Head and junior Jodi McNair combined to pitch a one-hit shutout.
In three games against Sonora this season, Calaveras outscored the Wildcats 37-2.
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