Softball: West second in TCAL with 9-3 win over Stagg
by Bob Brownne
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West beats Stagg
West High sophomore Gabriella Olivas (left) scores as the Stagg High catcher tries to recover the ball at home plate Friday at West High.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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West High junior pitcher Shelby Weeks shut down the Stagg High batters at West High on Friday, leading the Wolf Pack to a 9-3 win in West’s last game of the Tri-City Athletic League season.

The win put West (13-9-1, 8-2 TCAL) in second place in the league behind St. Mary’s High, with the Sac-Joaquin Section Divison I playoffs up next.

Senior shortstop Haley Hollis said it was a respectable outcome in a season that saw its ups and downs.

“Our defense was a little rough, but we got better. Our offense was solid throughout and kind of got weak at some point, but in the end we stuck through it and got pretty far,” she said, adding that the team was preparing for tougher competition in the playoffs.

“We’re going to work hard and get through it,” Hollis said.

West coach Marty Torres said that even though the league title eluded West this year, the team achieved its goal of making the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

“We’re hoping to improve. We’ve definitely got to,” Torres said. “If you get into sections, everybody can beat everybody, and we’ve got to be top notch.”

In Friday’s game, Weeks gave up no hits in the first four innings. Stagg managed one base hit in the fifth and two more hits and three runs, two of them earned, in the sixth.

West’s batters collected 11 hits, including three for freshman Mikayla Diaz and two each for Hollis and sophomore Haley Martin. Martin and Hollis batted in two runs each.

Kimball 5, Oakdale 1

The Jaguars are still hoping to get into the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs after beating Oakdale High on Friday at the Tracy Sports Complex.

Friday’s win put the Jaguars (13-8, 8-5 Valley Oak League) in fourth place in the league, while Oakdale (18-5-1, 11-2 VOL) is tied for first with East Union High. Kimball could still finish in a tie for third with Sierra High (13-5, 9-4 VOL) by beating Lathrop High on Tuesday, but only if Sierra also loses to Manteca (7-6) on Tuesday.

Eight players contributed to Kimball’s total of 10 base hits. Senior Amanda Riley hit a home run, and senior Llesenia Torres and sophomore Samantha Sarmiento got two hits each, including a double for Torres and a triple for Sarmiento.

Tracy 13, Chavez 0

Tracy High senior pitcher Kimberly Paschal held the visiting Chavez High Titans to one hit Thursday at the Tracy Sports Complex. The Tracy batters backed her up with 17 hits, including Jazmin Clarke’s solo homer in the third inning.

Clarke also doubled and batted in three runs; senior Ellie Fisher went 4-for-4 and batted in three runs; and senior Sabrina George tripled, doubled and singled.

Tracy (21-4, 13-1 San Joaquin Athletic Association) held onto first place in the SJAA with the win over Chavez (8-14, 2-12 SJAA) and faces Bear Creek on Tuesday in Stockton in a contest for the league title.

Contact Bob Brownne at brownne@tracypress.com or 830-4227.

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