A five-run fifth inning put Kimball High in the lead on the way to an 8-6 win over Sierra High of Manteca on Thursday, April 5.
The victory brought Kimball even with Sierra after an 11-1 loss the previous day.
Logan Finley tripled and Blake Cichella singled in the fifth as the Jaguars went through their entire lineup. Finley had also doubled in the third inning to drive in a run after Zack Perugi doubled, and the Jaguars also scored in the fourth inning on an RBI double for Corbin Lis and on Kris Bartlett’s sacrifice.
Alec Barba pitched five innings for Kimball and gave up one run on six hits and struck out eight batters for the win. Finley pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on three hits, and Nathan Van Katwyk finished the seventh inning. The win puts Kimball at 6-4 overall, 2-4 in the Valley Oak League.
San Leandro 2, West 1
The West High baseball team traveled to San Leandro for the Wolf Pack’s last pre-season game to start the Tri-City Athletic League season.
West coach Roger Gallardo had six pitchers take the mound on Thursday, April 5, including Nick Cowles, Kevin Oetken, Jackson Nott, Nick Gandall, Steven Riley and Jalen Ransome. Collectively, the group allowed only one hit and two walks. But three West errors gave two unearned runs to San Leandro.
West’s Gandall came up in the top of the sixth to hit a solo home run to tie the game at 1 run. However, San Leandro got a break in the bottom of the seventh when they scored on a wild pitch to win the game.
“Our pitchers did a great job on the mound today,” Gallardo said. “Three errors would cost us. We had many opportunities in to score in situational hitting opportunities and came up very, very short.”
The first two weeks of the TCAL season will be critical for West, with two games against Tokay next week and two against St. Mary’s the week after, with these three teams the traditional rivals chasing after the league title and playoff spots.
Tracy 10, Franklin 0
The Bulldogs collected 11 hits on Thursday to finish the first round of San Joaquin Athletic Association play at 5-0, with a 12-3 overall record.
John Jaeger pitched three innings and gave up Franklin’s only hit for the day, and struck out six batters. Jonah Wesely pitched two inning and gave up no hits or runs and struck out two.
Matt Loscavio doubled twice and singled, David Miranda singled and batted in three runs, and Tanner Turner and Dustin Dibble each singled and drove in two.
Sophomores: Tracy 16, Franklin 10
Tracy’s starting pitcher Aaron Denholm ran into trouble in the second inning as Franklin scored eight runs off five hits. Chaz Samaniego came in after that and pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits.
Tracy’s batters provided support, though, with four runs in the first inning, four in the second, and one in the third to hold Franklin’s lead to 10-9 after three innings.
The Bulldogs regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a seven-run rally, which got the win for Samaniego. C.J. Butcher came in to pitch the last three innings and shut down Franklin with seven strikeouts, allowing one hit and no runs.
While both Tracy and Franklin had 10 base hits each, the Franklin pitchers gave up 14 walks to the Bulldogs. Both teams committed five errors each. Denholm went 3-for-6 at the plate and also reached twice on errors. Butcher had two base hits and four RBI’s, and Clayton Fegett, Josh Brakkee, Ryan Vares, David Hinson, and Cameron Pham all contributed base hits.
“I was very impressed with C.J. Butcher’s three innings of pitching,” said Tracy coach Ryan Hern. “He was really dialed in as he struck out 7 of the 11 batters he faced.”
Freshmen: Lincoln 5, Tracy 3
Tracy’s freshmen started off with the lead Wednesday at Tracy High, but the Trojans tied it up 2-2 in the sixth inning and then scored three runs in the top of the seventh for the 5-2 lead. The Bulldogs were able to get just one run in the seventh.
Jacob Alvarado pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits and six walks and struck out five. Daniel Canada took the loss after he came in for the seventh inning and gave up three runs on a hit and three walks and struck out two.
Tracy’s defense also turned a bases-loaded triple play when second baseman Robbie Ramirez caught a fly ball to shallow right field, caught the runner leaving first base early, and first baseman Chris Ramon then made the throw to catcher Brandon Russell at home plate.
The Bulldogs were limited to three hits for the day. Ramirez and Russell both singled and batted in runs, and Taylor Mellick also had a hit.