Tracy High’s softball team finished its league season with a 10-0 loss in five innings at home to Bear Creek at the Tracy Sports Complex Wednesday. The outcome assures Bear Creek of at least a share of first place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association. Tracy is still assured of a playoff spot, and final standings will depend on how Bear Creek and Lodi do in their last games on Friday.
The Lady Bulldogs (14-11-1, 7-3 SJAA) were up against some powerful hitters and aggressive base running from the Bear Creek team (16-10, 7-2 SJAA). The Bruins’ Miranda Quesada homered to lead off Bear Creek’s five-run fourth inning, and Kayla Mercado also homered in the fourth to score two.
Tracy reached base on six hits and an infield error, only to leave runners on base in every inning, three times in scoring position. Brianna Warner had two hits for the day, and Tracy’s best chance to score came in the third when Briana Aldridge singled to right field to start the inning and Ellie Fisher outran the throw on a bunt. Both advanced on Warner’s sacrifice bunt, but were left stranded.
Taylor Martinez pitched 3 1/3 innings for the loss, giving up six hits and nine runs, six of them earned, and she struck out five. Tayler Misfeldt, just up from the freshman team, pitched 1 2/3 innings, gave up two hits and an unearned run and struck out two.
West 7, St. Mary’s 3
The Wolf Pack softball team (24-4, 9-1 TCAL) won its tie-breaker game with Tri-City Athletic League co-champions St. Mary’s on Wednesday at San Joaquin Delta College. The 7-3 win means that West will start the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs on Saturday, May 21, against either Franklin of Elk Grove or St. Francis of Sacramento, depending on the outcome of those teams’ outbracket game on Tuesday.
Jalissa Sims led the Wolf Pack at the plate with two hits and two RBIs. Jamie Costa singled and doubled and drove in one, and Jessica Anastasio doubled in the fifth and batted in one, and Ashley Tornio tripled in the second inning. Ciara Ervin, Jill Anastasio and Allison Noble also had base hits.
Andi Anderson pitched all seven innings for West and gave up six hits and three runs and struck out five batters for the win.
Sophomores: Tracy 10, Bear Creek 10
Tracy was behind 10-6 going into the bottom of the sixth and came through with four runs to finish the season with a 10-10 tie with Bear Creek. It ends Tracy’s season at 7-2-1 in the San Joaquin Athletic Association and 18-3-1 overall. Starting pitcher Shelby Perry allowed five hits and eight runs and struck out five over three innings. Marissa Greenhaw finished the game, and gave up two runs in the last three innings. Courtney Eddy got a hit and batted in two, and Perry had two hits and an RBI. Also getting hits were Michelle Fink, Candace Cordero, Marissa Greenhaw, Karsi Fyfe and Hayley Davis.
Millennium 25, Stone Ridge Christian 0
The Millennium High softball team finished its Central California Athletic Alliance season in second place behind Elliot Christian. The Falcons took a 25-0 win on Tuesday at Stone Ridge Christian in Merced. They start the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs on Thursday, May 19, at the Lodi Softball Complex against New Life Christian of the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League.
Falcon pitcher Melissa Vierra allowed one hit and struck out six batters for the win on Tuesday.
Nicole Ochoa was Millennium’s leading batter with five hits and four RBIs. The Falcons rallied in the first inning for 13 runs and kept on scoring in the second, third and fourth innings. Samantha Haines homered and batted in four, Shawni Carpenter, Kelsea Eakin, Shyan Carpenter and Melissa Vierra each batted in three and Gabby Ramirez drove in two runs.