SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis softball team won a pair of games at the Franklin Preseason Tournament Friday at the Sacramento Softball Complex defeating River City 11-10 and McQueen 8-5 out of Reno, Nev.
Senior Caitlin Caldwell pitched a scoreless fourth to seal the win for the Troubies after the two teams combined for 21 runs over the first three innings.
Caldwell had a bases loaded triple in the first to score three runs and Bella Valentine knocked in two with a single as St. Francis (2-1) built a 5-0 lead. Senior Chloe Smith hit her second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the second to extend the lead to 8-3.
River City rallied to load the bases off starter Arden Hatch (1-1), who was replaced by Caldwell. She allowed a triple and single before shutting down the rally with the Troubies holding on to an 11-10 lead. SF went 1-2-3 in the fourth but Caldwell equaled the scoreless inning to secure the win with the save.
Caldwell pinch hit in the third with the bases loaded to score two and take the lead 5-4. Smith doubled in two more and later scored on a steal of home for an 8-5 lead.
Hope Jenkins (2-0) settled down after the tough first inning to finish with four strikeouts and five earned runs for the win.
St. Francis (4-1) continues play in the tournament on Saturday.