Gridley catcher Mikaela Ponciano swings through a pitch during Monday's action against Willows. The Bulldogs dropped the non-league battle 12-7.

The Gridley Bulldog softball team has shown the talent to play with some of the best teams around in the pre-season. Anytime you can beat a Division II squad the caliber of Nevada Union proves the point. However, consistency has been an issue for the Bulldogs, and Monday afternoon the inconsistency led to a less than stellar performance in a 12-7 non-league loss to the Willows Honkers at Gridley High School.
    “We do things really well at times.” said head coach Elmer Brock. “Sometimes we really hit the ball, and sometimes we field and pitch well too, but so far we haven't been able to put it all together.”
    Monday afternoon was a perfect example. Gridley had as many errors, six, as hits in the contest. Gridley managed to score seven runs, but left six runners stranded on the bases. And when Gridley needed one pitch, one play to be made to get out of the fifth inning, they couldn't execute.
     In the top of the first inning, Willows scored two quick runs on an error and two singles to jump out to an early lead.
    Gridley responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the first. Katie Olson singled, and moved to second after a single by Fraine Cox. Catcher Mikaela Ponciano smashed a double to right center, scoring Olson, and putting the Bulldogs on the board.
    Gridley exploded in the second inning offensively, scoring four runs, three of which scored after two were out. Left fielder Sandra Dreesman got things started lining a triple to the wall in right center. Dreesman scored on a passed ball to tie the score.
    With two outs, lead off hitter Megan Anthony walked on four pitches, and Olson did the same against the suddenly struggling Willows pitcher. After a quick visit to the mound by the Honkers coach, the Willows pitcher found the strike zone again, but unfortunately for her, Gridley's hottest hitter, Cox was at the plate. For the rest of this story, please pick up a 3/16/12 edition of The Gridley Herald, or call us to subscribe today.  530-846-3661