The Tracy High Bulldogs got big hits at the right times to secure a 7-5 over Beyer High of Modesto in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South baseball playoffs Wednesday at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
The Bulldogs are now among four teams that move to Division I South double-elimination play, which begins Monday at UOP and continues to Friday. Tracy plays Tokay High of Lodi on Monday after Tokay beat Atwater 2-1 Wednesday evening.
Tracy senior starting pitcher Anthony Nunez said that a win to open playoffs comes as relief after the Bulldogs were eliminated early last year. He added that double-elimination means players won’t be as nervous.
“You can get a little more comfortable,” Nunez said. “The first game everybody’s stiff because they know if they make a mistake it could be their last.”
Beyer scored three runs on two hits and an error in the top of the first inning but Nunez and the Tracy defense settled into their game after that.
Tracy’s batters came around in the second inning. The Bulldogs scored one on a bases-loaded walk, but Beyer doubled-up Tracy sophomore Noah Denoyer at second base on senior Braeden Oki’s line-out to Beyer shortstop Connor Crawford. With two out Tracy junior Jacob Alvarado blasted a two-run triple to the left-center fence to tie the game up at 3-3.
“I knew I had to get at least one run in and got both in,” Alvarado said. “I got a bigger hit than I expected.”
He added that it’s the kind of play that boosts his team’s confidence going into the rest of playoffs.
“Our pitchers have been on every game. If we just back them up I feel like we have a good chance to win this if we keep playing like this.”
Senior Aaron Denholm put the Bulldogs ahead 4-3 with an RBI double down the right field line in the bottom of the third. Beyer scored in the fourth, and Tracy junior Jacob George hit an RBI triple to the left-center fence in the bottom of the fourth to put Tracy up 5-4.
Nunez and sophomore Thomas Greely singled in the fifth and junior pinch runner Joey Cocoles, in for Nunez, scored on a wild pitch. Junior Robbie Ramirez drove in Greely on a single to make it a 7-4 game.
Nunez got the win after he pitched through 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, only one of them earned, and five hits, including an RBI double in the seventh.
That hit put the game within reach for Beyer, but Tracy catcher Greely caught the runner at second on a pickoff and freshman closing pitcher Chandlyr Metal got the save after he walked one batter and struck out the final batter.
Millennium 16, Trinity Prep 0
Millennium senior starting pitcher Manjot Atwal threw a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters over five innings to lead the Falcons (19-3, 10-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) to a 16-0 win over Trinity Prep (10-6, 9-4 Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League) of Napa in the first round of the SJS Division VII baseball playoffs on Wednesday at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento.
The Falcons were just as dominant at the plate, with players all through the lineup getting multiple hits, 18 in all, including three for senior Raymond DelaRosa, a double and a triple for junior Eddie Diaz and a single and a triple for senior Giacomo Oliveri.
The Falcons now play Ben Holt Academy of Stockton at noon on Saturday at McAuliffe Ballparks to start a best-of-three semifinal series, with games also scheduled for Tuesday.
Valley Christian 12, Delta Charter 0
The Delta Charter batters were unable to connect through the first four innings in their 12-0 loss on Wednesday to Valley Christian High (19-7, 14-0 SMAL) of Roseville in the opening round of the SJS Division VII playoffs.
Delta Charter coach Steve Abercrombie said that errors also cost the Dragons as Valley Christian scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second and six in the third.
Sophomore Tommy DeAnda got the Dragons’ only hit in the fifth inning. He was also Delta Charter’s starting pitcher, and got the loss. Senior Oliver Messier pitched relief. Delta Charter finishes its season at 7-6 overall, 6-2 in the Mountain Valley League.
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