The Tracy and Bear Creek softball teams are now tied for first in the San Joaquin Athletic Association title after the Bulldogs beat the Bear Creek Bruins 7-1 on Thursday , getting even for their previous loss to the Bearn Creek Bruins.
Tracy (15-3, 9-1 SJAA) previously lost to Bear Creek (18-3, 9-1 SJAA) 2-1 on April 9. The Bulldogs and Bruins face each other again on May 6 in Stockton in the final game of the SJAA season.
“We’re basically battling for league championship and for a playoff spot,” Tracy coach Greg Smith said. “I feel like our league can play well at any time, so we can’t look past anybody.”
Tracy took a 2-0 lead on Thursday with senior Sabrina George’s two-RBI single in the second inning. The Bulldogs then unleashed a barrage of base hits in the third inning, including a single for junior Hayley Nunes, followed by three doubles in a row for freshman Mikayla Coelho, senior Jazmin Clarke and junior Alee Balanon. Clarke’s double brought in two runs, Balanon and Madison Ledda batted in one each, and George doubled to bring in one more, putting Tracy up 7-0. Balanon was Tracy’s leading hitter, going three-for-four.
“We were all about teamwork and how we all overcame last week when we lost,” George said. “I felt pretty confident because I had my team behind me, cheering me and supporting me.”
The Bruins benefitted from two base hits and a Tracy error in the sixth inning to score their only run.
Senior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt gave up five hits over seven innings and struck out seven batters.
Millennium 3, Big Valley Christian 1
The Falcons kept their hold on first place in the Central California Athletic Alliance with a 3-1 win over Big Valley Christian on Thursday at the Tracy Learning Center. Winning pitcher for the Falcons (8-0, 4-0 CCAA) was sophomore Haylee Faultner, who pitched all seven innings and struck out five batters.
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