Tracy High’s baseball team was bounced out of first place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association with a pair of losses in the past week’s home games.
On Wednesday, the Bulldogs (8-5, 3-2 SJAA) suffered a 4-2 loss to Bear Creek High (11-4, 4-2 SJAA) at Monte Vista Middle School.
Tracy senior starting pitcher Anthony Nunez took the loss after he gave up four runs on six hits over four innings of work. Senior Brett Curtis pitched two innings of relief and allowed no runs on two hits.
Tracy’s six hits included a triple and a single for senior Braeden Oki and junior Jacob George had an RBI.
Tracy’s sophomores beat Bear Creek 10-0. Starting pitcher Kevin Saenz got the win on a two-hit shutout in six innings. Tracy had 11 hits, including two each for Garrett Cichella and Antonio Gigliotti.
West 9, McNair 2
West High senior Mitch Cowles pitched a complete game Tuesday at McNair High in Stockton and got strong backup from the Wolf Pack’s bats for a 9-2 win.
Cowles gave up four hits and two runs, one of them earned. He struck out seven batters and also overcame five West errors.
Cowles was a force at the plate, as well, with three base hits, including a two-RBI triple in the first inning as West (6-9, 2-1 Tri-City Athletic League) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over McNair (8-5, 0-1 TCAL).
West also had a two-out, five-run rally in the sixth, powered by doubles from junior Jose Hernandez and senior Devin Bell, with singles from sophomore Jacob Rebar and junior Jack Kelley, followed by a double from junior Carter Nott. Hernandez hit another RBI single in the seventh inning.
Millennium 9, Elliot Christian 8
The Falcons came away with a win on Tuesday even after they saw a 6-1 lead disappear when the visiting Elliot Christian Eagles rallied for six runs in the top of the fifth inning. Senior starting pitcher Daniel Gutierrez, who gave up nine base hits, endured the rally and held on for the win.
Gutierrez’s triple to left-center field in the bottom of the fifth and senior Giacomo Oliveri’s RBI single tied the game 7-7, and Millennium took the lead again as junior Isidro Cota reached on an error and Oliveri came in to score. The Falcons scored one more in the bottom of the sixth, and the Eagles scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh.
The win put the Falcons at 11-1 and 4-0 in the Central California Athletic Alliance, with Elliot Christian (6-4, 2-1 CCAA) and Brookside Christian (8-5, 3-1 CCAA) their closest competitors.
“(This win) means a lot, because last week we beat Brookside, so we wanted to come into this game strong too,” senior Raymond DelaRosa said. “We’ve just got to keep winning and keep hitting the ball hard like we are.”
The Falcons collected 12 hits, including a triple and two singles for DelaRosa. Oliveri, junior Matthew DeWitt and senior R.J. McKee had two hits each.
Sonora 11, Kimball 4
The visiting Sonora High Wildcats stayed a step ahead of the Jaguars on Tuesday at West High and kept hitting the ball in the late innings.
Sonora (7-6, 1-3 Valley Oak League) got on the scoreboard first with a two-run first inning and two more in the top of the second. Kimball (3-9, 2-5 VOL) scored in the bottom of the second with RBI singles from senior Austin Liggett and sophomore Chad Hanville. Sonora had a 7-2 lead when Kimball scored in the bottom of the third on junior Peter Van Katwyk’s two-RBI single.
Senior starting pitcher Trevor Trew took the loss after he gave up six runs on four hits in 2-1/3 innings. Van Katwyk allowed four runs on five hits in 3-2/3 innings of relief, and Hanville gave up a run and two hits in one inning.