After being unbeatable all season long the West High softball team lost on Wednesday to St. Mary’s High of Stockton. The Rams won it 2-1 on a solo home run in the sixth inning and an unearned run in the seventh, and West’s efforts to come back in the sixth and seventh inning landed short.
The loss means that the Wolf Pack no longer has sole possession of first place in the Tri-City Athletic League. West (17-1, 5-1 TCAL) and St. Mary’s (15-8, 5-1 TCAL) are also likely to be even when it comes time to rank teams for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, though West, which beat St. Mary’s 3-2 in their first meeting on April 5, could have a slight advantage.
“The only thing we have to worry about is winning the rest of our league games, and just let it shake out that way,” West Coach Steve Anastasio said. “As long as we win the rest of our games we can’t worry about who’s first seed and who’s second seed.”
For the first five innings on Wednesday it was a pitchers’ duel, with West’s Andi Anderson getting backup from the Wolf Pack infield to hold the Rams to three base hits. St. Mary’s pitcher Randee Hindman limited West to two hits in the first five innings, including a single for Jalissa Sims, who got as far as third base in the second inning, and a double for Ciara Ervin in the fourth.
One St. Mary’s batter reached on an error in the fourth inning only to get picked off trying to reach second base. Another who singled in the fourth was picked off at third as West catcher Jessica Anastasio made the throw to Jill Anastasio to get the out on the steal attempt.
St. Mary’s got on the scoreboard in the sixth on Taylor Brink’s two-out solo home run over the right-center fence.
West threatened to take the game back in the bottom of the sixth after Ciara Ervin walked with two out and Jamie Costa singled. Sims followed with a shot to deep center field, but the Rams’ Kayla Gascon was in position to make the catch.
The Rams made it a 2-0 game in the top of the seventh when Alycia Soria doubled to the left field corner, advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored with two out when the next batter reached on an infield error.
West got its run in the bottom of the seventh after Jill Anastasio walked, and pinch runner Miranda Herrera advanced on Allison Noble’s sacrifice bunt, and scored on Jessica Anastasio’s two-out single to center field. Pinch runner Jenae Koski was left on first base when the game ended on a called third strike.
Sophomores: West 13, St. Mary’s 3
West’s sophomores beat St. Mary’s 13-3, ending the game on a five-run rally in the sixth inning to win on the 10-run rule. The win puts West at 15-3 overall and 6-0 and first place in the TCAL.
Amanda Riley pitched all six innings for West and allowed three runs on six hits and struck out nine St. Mary’s batters. Jordan Campos, Natasha Bartolome and Amanda Riley each singled twice and doubled, and Campos and Bartolome each batted in two runs. Haley Hollis had two hits and batted in a run and Vanessa Nunez drove in the two runs that ended the game. Justina Farfan, Sam Alvarado and Katie Eddington also had hits.
Defensive standouts included shortstop Campos and second baseman Bartolome, who turned a double play to end St. Mary’s sixth inning.
Lodi 8, Tracy 4
Tracy (7-9-1, 3-2 SJAA) started with a 4-0 lead after two innings at the Tracy Sports Complex on Wednesday. The Flames (6-9-1, 2-2 SJAA) evened it up with a run in the fourth inning, two more in the sixth and another in the seventh to put the game into extra innings. The Flames won it in the 10th with a four-run rally.
Taylor Martinez pitched all 10 innings for Tracy and gave up 15 hits and eight runs, seven of them earned. Ellie Fisher singled, doubled and tripled for Tracy, and also was the Lady Bulldogs’ defensive standout, robbing a Lodi batter of an extra-bases hit in the third inning with a running catch through the left field fence. Brianna Warner had two hits and batted in a run, and Courtney Rinnert also had two hits.
The Tracy High sophomore team took at 7-1 loss toLodi as the Flames limited Tracy to three base hits for the day, including one each for Macie Southerland, Olivia Perea and Michelle Fink. Pitcher Marissa Greenhaw went all seven innings and allowed six hits and four earned runs.
Sophomores: Lodi 7, Tracy 1
The Tracy High sophomore softball team took its second loss of the league season, again to Lodi, on Wednesday at the Tracy Sports Complex. The Flames limited Tracy to three base hits for the day, including one each for Macie Southerland, Olivia Perea and Michelle Fink, but also struck out eight times. Pitcher Marissa Greenhaw went all seven innings and allowed six hits and four earned runs as four errors also cost the Lady Bulldogs. Tracy is 3-2 in the SJAA, with losses to Lodi and Tracy yet to face Chavez High.
Kimball 9, Sonora 4
Kimball collected 16 hits for the day and had a seven-run inning in the third for a win at Sonora on Tuesday. Alexis Lopez pitched all seven inning, and while Sonora had 13 hits the Kimball defense allowed only four of them to get around the bases.
Anisha Richardson led the Jaguar batters with four hits, including a triple. She batted in two runs as well, and Montanna Bradley and Danielle Lallos also batted in two each. The win puts Kimball at 13-5, 7-2 in the VOL to stay in second place in league play.
Millennium 11, Valley Christian 4
Millennium came back from an 8-4 loss to Ceres on Saturday to take third place in the Elliot Christian tournament with an 11-4 win over Valley Christian. Breana Reyes led the Falcon team with three base hits and scored four runs. Kelsea Eakin had two doubles, and Samantha Haines went two-for-three from the ninth spot.
Millennium 1, Redwood Christian 0
The Falcons started off the Jim Elliot Christian tournament with a 1-0 win over Redwood Christian of San Lorenzo. Melissa Vierra struck out 10 Redwood Christian batters and allowed four hits and four walks, with the Falcon defense helping Vierra claim the shutout.
Millennium had three base hits for the day, including a single and a double for Nicole Ochoa, and Breana Reyes also got a hit and scored the only run of the game in the third inning.
Bear Creek 12, Tracy 0
Tracy High’s softball team took its first San Joaquin Athletic Association loss on the road Friday against Bear Creek. The Lady Bulldogs (7-8-1, 3-1 SJAA)were limited to three hits for the day while the Bruins (12-5, 4-0 SJAA) were quick to rally, with six runs in the first inning. Tracy pitcher Brianna Warner gave up 12 runs, six of them earned, on nine hits. She walked one batter and the Tracy defense had four errors.
Bear Creek rallied again in the sixth inning, scoring five runs in the inning to end the game on the 10-run rule. Tracy’s hitters were Angela Mariani, who had a triple, and Ellie Fisher and Alison Stuart, who both singled.
Sophomores: Tracy 11, Bear Creek 5
Tracy’s sophomores beat Bear Creek after outhitting the Bruins on Friday. Marissa Greenhaw pitched six innings and gave up five hits and five runs, three of them earned. Michelle Fink led Tracy’s batters with four base hits, including a double, and she batted in six runs. Elise Escobar and Macie Southerland had two hits each, Karsi Fyfe tripled and Hayley Davis doubled. The win puts Tracy at 10-2, 3-1 in the SJAA