The Bulldog softball team repeated as San Joaquin Athletic Association champions Tuesday with a 5-0 victory at Bear Creek High.
The win put Tracy at 22-4, 14-1 in the SJAA, at the end of the regular season. Bear Creek finished at 22-4, 13-2 in the SJAA. Both teams are headed to the playoffs, which begin Tuesday. Tracy gets a bye for the first round and will begin playoffs May 17 at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
Tracy coach Greg Smith said that senior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt shut down the Bear Creek batters and Tracy’s offense jumped out to an early lead.
Misfeldt allowed just three base hits and struck out 10 Bear Creek batters for the win.
The Bulldogs backed her up with 11 base hits. Tracy scored a run in the first inning when junior Haley Nunes doubled and freshman Mikayla Coelho batted her in with the first of her three base hits. Tracy scored again in the second when senior Ellie Fisher bunted with two runners on base and an errant throw to first allowed a run to score. Coelho drove in two more runs with a single. Fisher singled in the fourth, stole second and scored when Nunes singled.
Millennium 17, Elliot Christian 4
The Falcons won their Central California Athletic Alliance title Tuesday with an overwhelming win against Elliot Christian of Lodi at the Tracy Learning Center.
It’s the third year in a row the Falcons have finished on top of the CCAA, including the 2012 season, when Millennium shared the title with the Elliot Christian Eagles.
Millennium finished the regular season at 14-1, 8-0 in the CCAA. With the exception of second-place Big Valley Christian, the team finished all its games against league opponents on the 10-run mercy rule.
Senior catcher Gabrielle Ramirez said it took a few non-league games for the team to learn to work together, but then the Falcons were ready to dominate their league.
“Once we realized how each of us worked, we were able to mesh and be a family again,” she said.
Junior Riquel Rivera said the Falcons were ready to make a playoff run and repeat as Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII champions.
“This year, we’re more advanced as a team. We’re all kind of equal in skill,” she said. “I’m hoping we just carry this momentum. I’m really excited for playoffs.
On Tuesday, the Elliot Eagles managed five base hits off of Millennium's pitchers, including freshman Haylee Faultner, who pitched four innings for the win, and sophomore Amy Wise.
Millennium’s batters recorded nine base hits and 14 walks, sealing the win with an 11-run fourth inning. Rivera hit two doubles and Ramirez singled and doubled.
Kimball 17, Lathrop 0
Senior Danielle Lallos hit two home runs, including a grand-slam, to highlight the Kimball High Jaguars’ 11-run first inning as they shut out Lathrop High.
Lallos had three of Kimball’s 20 hits in the game, which also included back-to-back first-inning home runs by seniors Llesenia Torres and Amanda Riley. Riley had three hits, as did seniors Taylor Honnoll and Gigi Vega. Torres and senior Gabbi Cox had two hits each.
The 17-0 win still didn’t get Kimball (14-8, 9-5 Valley Oak League) into the playoffs, as the Jaguars finished fourth in the VOL behind East Union, Oakdale and Sierra. Lathrop finished with a 3-19 overall record, 2-12 in the VOL.
Starting pitcher Riley got the win, allowing three hits over three innings. Torres and Lallos each pitched an inning of relief.
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