The start of the postseason wasn’t any different than the regular season for Golden Valley High senior Marissa Bertuccio.
The Cougars senior hit a home run and threw a two-hit shutout as the Cougars dispatched of Sierra 11-0 in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Bertuccio finished with two hits, two runs and two RBIs to lead GV’s 11-hit attack.
Freshmen Kylie Diaz and Naomi Moore both added two hits. Moore triples, scored two runs and drove in two runs.
The third-seeded Cougars (25-3) will host No. 6 East Union (16-9) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Lancers defeated Beyer 8-2 on Monday.
Golden Valley defeated East Union 6-0 earlier this season.
Atwater 7, West 1 in Atwater – The No. 7 seeded Falcons exploded for all seven runs in the second inning as they opening the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs with a victory over No. 10 West.
Megan Escobar went the distance in the circle, giving up just one run on three hits. The senior right-hander struck out seven.
Escobar, Shelli Faulk and Mia Gonzales had two hits. Marley Gonzales and Kendall Flatt both drove in two runs.
The Falcons (20-7) will travel to No. 2 Del Oro on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Hilmar 12, Mariposa 2 in Hilmar – The third-seeded Yellowjackets scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to finish off a lopsided win in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.
Brylei Pearson had two hits for the Grizzlies.
Hilmar will face No. 2 Linden on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton.
Millennium 8, Le Grand 2 in Tracy – Grace Hosman had three hit, including a home run, and drove in four runs to lead the Falcons past the Bulldogs in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs.
Third-seeded Millennium will face No. 2 Ripon Christian on Wednesday night at Arnaiz Softball Complex at 7:15 p.m.
Stone Ridge Christian 17, Hughes 0 in Merced – Cailtyn Cole led the Knights’ offense with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs. Emma Eastman also had three hits and two runs.
Eastman also tossed a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts.
The top-seeded Knights (18-7) will face No. 4 Vacaville Christian on Wednesday at Arnaiz Softball Complex at 5 p.m.
Other local scores: Sonora 3, Los Banos 1.