It was especially true for the West High softball team (19-5, 8-0 TCAL), which needed a four-run rally in the fifth inning and another run in the sixth for a 5-4 win at home over second-place St. Mary’s (16-7, 6-2 TCAL) on Monday, April 29.
West sealed the win and clinched the TCAL title with freshman first-baseman Hailey Martin’s diving catch on a line-drive foul ball in the seventh to shut down the Rams’ last chance to score.
“I knew I couldn’t let anything past me, because I wanted to do it for my team,” Martin said.
St. Mary’s was ahead 4-0 inning after two innings. West senior Ciara Ervin singled to start the fifth-inning rally and Ashley Tornio reached on an infield grounder. Senior Jalissa Sims drove in Ervin on a base hit to left field.
Sims and Tornio scored on Janae Sims grounder when the Rams went for the play on Tornio at the plate, but the ball got loose and Jalissa Sims also came in to score. Senior Rikki Kerchefer drove in Janae Sims on a sacrifice fly.
West scored the go-ahead run after Ervin was hit by a pitch and Jalissa Sims hit a two-out single to center field. Ervin made a dash for home and Sims went for second. St. Mary’s went for the play on Sims, but couldn’t make the tag before Ervin crossed home plate.
“I was watching Ciara, making sure she scored before I got tagged out,” Sims said.
Tracy 15, Lincoln 3
Tracy High’s softball team took sole possession of the San Joaquin Athletic Association title with a win on Tuesday, April 30, over Lincoln at the Tracy Sports Complex.
The Bulldogs (21-4, 13-1 SJAA) rode an eight-run rally in the second inning to the win and got three base hits and five RBIs from senior Angela Mariani, plus a single and a double from junior Jazmin Clarke and a triple from sophomore Haley Nunes.
The Bulldogs already had at least a share of the SJAA title after their 11-0 win over Chavez on Monday, April 29, in Stockton. Junior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt struck out eight batters over five innings, Mariani had three hits and batted in three runs, senior Hayley Davis had two hits and batted in two and junior Kyla Jessen batted in three run on two hits.
Junior Jazmin Clarke’s three-run homer in extra innings pushed Tracy past second-place Lodi on April 25 in Lodi. Senior Brianna Warner’s also had an RBI in the ninth before Clarke hit her shot over the fence.
Kimball 10, Oakdale 1
Kimball senior Arianna Hawkins went five-for-five and batted in two runs on Friday, April 26, at Oakdale as the Jaguars (16-6, 8-3 Valley Oak League) bashed out 17 base hits. Junior Amanda Riley doubled, singled twice and batted in two runs, and junior Llesenia Torres had three base hits. Kimball pitcher Samantha Sarmiento gave up seven hits and one earned run for the win.
Millennium 8, Big Valley Christian 4
The Millennium softball team (12-6, 5-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) kept its hold on first place in the Central California Athletic Alliance with an 8-4 win over Big Valley Christian (8-6, 4-2 CCAA) in Modesto on Friday, April 26.
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