Tracy High senior Braeden Oki went four-for-four on Friday, including a two-run inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning, in the Bulldogs’ 11-1 win over the visiting Franklin Yellow Jackets.
Oki was looking at a 3-2 count with two out when Franklin pitcher David Ferrer threw a low fastball at the outside corner of the strike zone.
“Wherever it was going to be, if it was close I was going to swing at it,” Oki said. The ball flew to the right-center field gap, and Oki knew it was at least a double.
“When I was running I saw (coach Vic Alkire) waving me in so I put my head down and started running home.”
The Bulldogs (12-5, 7-2 San Joaquin Athletic Association) totaled 13 hits, including two doubles for senior Aaron Denholm, who batted in two, including the game-ending shot to center field in the sixth inning. Sophomore Thomas Greely also had two hits with three RBIs.
Senior starting pitcher Brett Curtis got the win after he allowed three hits and one run over four innings. Freshman reliever Chandlyr Metal allowed no hits in the fifth, and Franklin (3-13-1, 0-8 SJAA) got one hit off of Greely in the fifth, but senior first baseman Dustin Dibble snagged a line drive and stepped on the bag before the runner could get back for an unassisted double play. Senior catcher Anthony Nunez picked off another batter who reached base after being hit by a pitch.
It was Alkire’s 300th win as the Bulldogs’ head coach. It comes five years after Alkire’s 200th win, and puts him at 300-220 in the 21 years he has coached at Tracy High.
The Tracy High baseball team, the defending champion of the SJAA, has won 20 or more games in four of the last six seasons.
“Bottom line, you’ve got to surround yourself with good coaches and have good players and you have to stay at it a while,” said Alkire.
Tracy High’s sophomores beat Franklin 15-2. Starting pitcher Cameron Hoff went four innings and allowed two runs, one of them earned, two hits, and struck out seven batters.
Millennium 7, Big Valley Christian 3
The Falcons are now in the driver’s seat in the quest for the Central California Athletic Association title with their 7-3 win over Big Valley Christian (9-8, 4-4 CCAA) on Thursday at the Tracy Learning Center.
Millennium (14-1, 7-0 CCAA) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed, scoring another in the third and three more in the fifth.
The Falcons had nine hits, including a double and two singles for junior Matthew DeWitt, three hits for senior Spencer Blackwell and a douible and single for Giacomo Oliveri.
Senior Manjot Atwal pitched all seven innings for the win. He gave up six hits and struck out five batters.
Kimball 15, Weston Ranch 5
The Kimball High baseball team claimed a Valley Oak League win, 15-5 in five innings over the Weston Ranch Cougars on Thursday at West High.
Weston Ranch (3-16, 1-7 Valley Oak League) started with a three-run first inning, but the Jaguars (4-11, 3-7 VOL) scored two in the first and five in the second to take a 7-2 lead. Kimball rallied again for six runs in the fourth and scored two more in the fifth.
Kimball’s 11 base hits included a triple and a double for junior Ryan King. Junior Nate Hendricks and senior Matt Rodriguez also had hits each.
Sophomore starting pitcher Chad Hanville allowed for hits over four innings and allowed five runs, one of them earned, for the win. Senior Trevor Trew pitched the fifth inning and allowed no runs or hits.
Tokay 6, West 1
Five errors on Thursday cost the Wolf Pack in a 6-1 loss to Tokay (15-5, 3-1 Tri-City Athletic League) at Zupo Field in Lodi.
West (6-12, 2-4 TCAL) scored its lone run in the first after sophomore Jacob Rebar and junior Jack Kelley hit back-to-back singles, and Rebar scored when senior Mitch Cowles reached on an error.
Junior starting pitcher Gabe Culver took the loss after he gave up four runs, three of them earned, and three hits over 3 1/3 innings. Junior Jose Hernandez gave up one hit and two runs, neither of them earned, in the fourth and fifth innings, and Rebar pitched the sixth and struck out the side.
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