The Wolf Pack (9-6 overall, 2-0 Tri-City Athletic League) finished off the Delta Queens (6-12, 1-1) early on Friday, April 6, at West High.
Stagg got runners on base in the early innings and scored two in the second inning after two batters walked and came around to score.
But West’s pitchers settled in after that. Starting pitcher Kasey Cota gave up one hit and one run and struck out four, and Amanda Riley gave up one hit, no runs and struck out two.
West owed its offensive success as much to base running as to key hits.
Leadoff batter Shelby Weeks reached on an error in the first inning, stole second and third and scored on Ciara Ervin’s sacrifice grounder. Weeks, who scored twice, also finished the day with four stolen bases, an infield single and a sacrifice fly.
West coach Steve Anastasio said that speed on the bases is turning into a huge advantage for his team.
“We’re a lot faster this year than we’ve been in past years,” he said, adding that freshman right fielder Weeks is probably the fastest on the team.
Celina Carrisosa and Ciara Ervin also have the speed to leg out infield singles and steals, he said.
“We can get around the bases if we get on, so that’s a definite plus for us,” Anastasio said.
Weeks added that her team really came alive with hits in the third and fourth inning Friday, and she’s encouraged that her team will carry that momentum to a Tuesday, April 10, home game against TCAL co-leader St. Mary’s.
“It’s just makes us positive about all of the games that we’ll go into,” she said.
Back-to-back doubles by Jalissa Sims and Jill Anastasio keyed the third inning rally that propelled West into the lead, and a three-run fourth inning was boosted by three Stagg errors.
Weeks batted in a run in the fifth, and Jill Anastasio and Tornio each drove runs in the sixth. Miranda Gannon ended the game in the sixth with a two-RBI single to left-center.
Junior first baseman Sims said that West needs the confidence boost in order to beat St. Mary’s.
“That’s going to be a tough game, but I feel like if we play our best — our pitchers pitch good and we hit right — we have a good chance,” adding that Friday’s game showed her team what it can accomplish when batters are focused.
“Our hitting was really, really on. When we needed a hit and needed to score, we got it.”
Sophomores: West 10, Stagg 5
Samantha Asbra hit two home runs, one in the third and the other in the sixth to key West’s victory on Friday, April 6.
West (12-5 overall, 2-0 TCAL) also benefitted from four hits and three Stagg errors in the fifth inning to rally for six runs on the way to their second TCAL win. Justina Farfan doubled twice, Zoe Gaviola had two hits, Kayla Lopez tripled, and Haley Hollis, Jessica Rasmussen and Kristen Wasson also had hits. Farfan pitched all seven innings for the win, giving up six hits and five runs, with only one of them earned.
Kimball 8, Lathrop 0
A five-run sixth inning put the Jaguars (9-4 overall, 4-2 Valley Oak League) in charge of their Thursday, April 5, game at Lathrop (2-10, 1-5).
The teams went scoreless for the first three innings, but Kimball took the lead with a run in the fourth and another in the fifth. Kimball got six of its 13 total hits in the sixth inning, including a two-RBI single for Kate Bomar and RBI doubles for Llesenia Torres and Ariana Hawkins.
Starting pitcher Alexis Lopez gave up two hits and no runs over six innings, and Hanville closed the game in the seventh. Montanna Bradley had three base hits, including a double, while Hawkins doubled twice and Hanville had two hits and two RBIs. Gabbi Cox and Torres had two hits each, Danielle Lallos tripled, and Bomar had three RBIs
Kimball’s sophomore team beat Lathrop and is now 5-0-1 in the VOL.
East Union 14, Millennium 2
The Falcons took a 14-2 loss against East Union on April 5 at Northgate Park in Manteca.
The Falcons were lead on offense by Breana Reyes, who had two base hits. Gabrielle Ramirez, Jaylyn Gutierrez, Riquel Riveira and Evette Deras also collected hits.
Rivera and Deras batted in the Falcons’ runs.