Even on a day when many pitchers dominated, some walked away as hard-luck losers in tonight's opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Woodland's Kelsey Goodner struck out 11 and didn't allow a hit against Bear River and still lost 2-1.
Bear River's Alix Alfke scored the winning run in the fifth inning on a two-base throwing error after she walked and was sacrificed to second by Alex Ecke.
Goodner, however, walked six.
Cal-bound Taylor Cotton of Whitney struck out 12 and allowed three hits. But she also was on the losing end of a 1-0, eight-inning decision to Pioneer, thanks to Gabriela Davis' two-out, walk-off double over the center fielder's head.
But there were happy winners too.
Cordova sophomore Megan Stacy threw a perfect game in the Lancers' 10-0 win against over River Valley shortened to six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Angehleyna Wheat had a triple and two doubles, and Brooke Lindstrom added three singles to back the pitching of Stacy. She struck out five.
Kaone Hunter struck out nine and allowed three hits in Antelope's 8-2 win over Placer.
Alabama verbal commit Ashleigh Hughes had a triple, double and single to back Hunter's effort.
While overshadowed somewhat by Goodner and Cotton, respectively, Bear River freshman Nerissa Long and Pioneer sophomore Angelica Dark also had sterling games.
Long limited Woodland to two hits and struck out 13, while Dark scattered seven hits and did not walk a batter. She was backed by several defensive gems.
That included right fielder Amaray Bair's over-the-head stab of a liner by the speedy Cotton in the seventh inning that had triple written all over it.
Davis' winning hit came after Cotton hit Erin Lipelt -- the senior's third hit batter of the game -- and she stole second. Davis also had several stellar defensive plays at first base.
Pioneer will play Antelope, and Bear River will take on Cordova, both at 3 p.m. Saturday, as the playoffs continue at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
In Division II, Casa Roble will play Vanden, and Christian Brothers will face Benicia in 1 p.m.games.
Casa Roble advanced with a 9-2 win over Bethel of Vallejo as Kaitlyn Garcia tossed a two-hitter. Sisters Ali and Sami Aguilar combined for four hits, and catcher Mya Reynolds had two doubles.
Haley Snyder struck out nine, allowed one hit and homered in Christian Brothers' 16-0, five-inning win over McClatchy. Aaliyah Shimosaka-Marquez had a three-run homer and and Kira McKechnie tripled, singled and drove in three runs.
Mallory Barnard had a double, single and three RBIs to lead Benicia to a 9-4 win over Del Campo, last year's D-II section runners-up, while Vanden topped Rosemont 10-6.