Coach Joe Hernandez said the runner-up finish wasn’t too disappointing, considering it’s the furthest any Kimball team has advanced in three years of varsity athletics at the school.
“We hope to use this as a building block to bigger and better things,” Hernandez said.
Sierra (25-2) has turned out to be Kimball’s (24-8) toughest rival in Valley Oak League play and in the playoffs, winning nine of the 10 times the two teams have faced off in three years.
The closest the Jaguars came to scoring against Sierra on Saturday was in the first inning, when junior Llesenia Torres led off with a single, junior Danielle Lallos walked and senior Ariana Hawkins singled, but Torres got caught in a rundown between third base and home plate.
Kimball freshman pitcher Samantha Sarmiento gave up seven hits and three earned runs. She said the Jaguars still held up well against a strong Sierra team.
“We did our best. All of these girls did amazing, especially our seniors,” Sarmiento said. “We put our hearts into this game.”
Kimball also lost to Sierra 4-3 in the semifinals on Friday afternoon, May 17, at Arnaiz Fields, and then made it to the championship game after a 7-3 win over Cosumnes Oaks on Friday evening in the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament.
The Tracy and West softball teams were eliminated from the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs on Monday, May 20, at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Tracy (25-6) finished with an 8-0 loss to Vintage High of Napa on Monday. Tracy’s six hits included two each for seniors Hayley Davis and Brianna Warner.
The Bulldogs eliminated West (22-8) with an 8-7 win earlier Monday. A two-RBI double by Tracy sophomore Alee Balanon highlighted the Bulldogs five-run sixth inning and brought the Bulldogs back from a 5-3 deficit. West junior Haley Hollis hit a two-RBI single in the top of the seventh before Tracy got the final out.
Tracy’s 7-5 loss to Elk Grove on Saturday, May 18. Tracy’s hits included junior Sabrina George’s three-run homer in the sixth inning.
Tracy opened the playoffs with a 10-0 win over Gregori on Saturday. Junior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt threw a no-hitter, and Tracy’s 10 hits included a two-run home run for Angela Mariani.
West’s games included a 5-3 loss to Rocklin on Saturday, with seniors Ciara Ervin and Ashley Tornio batting in runs in the Wolf Pack’s three-run third inning.
West opened with a 5-4 win in extra innings over Sheldon on Saturday. Sheldon took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 12th, and West senior Celena Carrisosa scored on an error and Ervin scored the winning run on Tornio’s sacrifice bunt.
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