Ally Carda scattered three hits and Haley Willmon scored the game's only run on an infield throwing error as Pleasant Grove defeated defending Sac-Joaquin Section D-I softball champion Elk Grove 1-0 tonight at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
The win moved Pleasant Grove into Tuesday's 5 p.m. winner's bracket semifinal against Delta River League rival Sheldon. The Huskies used an 18-hit attack to defeated Vacaville 10-3.
Elk Grove stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament by beating Davis 4-0 later tonight. The Thundering Herd will play Johansen of Modesto, a 6-5 winner over Vacaville, in Tuesday's 5 p.m. loser's bracket game.
The winner of that game will play the loser of the Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Carda and Pleasant Grove avenged a pair of 1-0 losses to Elk Grove and its standout pitcher, Shelby Wisdom, earlier this season.
UCLA-bound Carda struck out seven, walked one and hit one; UC Santa Barbara-bound Wisdom allowed two hits, struck out six and walked one.
Pleasant Grove scored the game's only run in the fifth with one out when Willmon beat out a bunt.
Michaela Crow then laid down another bunt that the Elk Grove third baseman fielded cleanly but she threw it into the dirt. The ball skipped away from the first baseman and the hustling Willmon came all the way around to score.
- Bill Paterson