The Bulldog baseball team secured its third consecutive San Joaquin Athletic Association title after holding off Lincoln High’s late push in the final game of the league season on Wednesday at Monte Vista Middle School.
The 6-4 win puts Tracy at 12-3 in the SJAA, 20-7 overall. Tracy has to share the league title with Lodi, also 12-3 in league, but the Bulldogs get the No. 1 seed from the SJAA going into playoffs because Tracy beat Lodi in two out of three games during the league season.
Tracy will get a bye for the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South playoffs and begin play at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
Tracy scattered seven base hits on Wednesday and had a 3-0 lead at the end of two innings before Lincoln (13-12, 9-6 SJAA) got on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs scored again in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and had a 6-2 lead going into the seventh.
Tracy sophomore starting pitcher Thomas Greely gave up two hits and one run in 2 1/3 innings. Senior reliever Brett Curtis got the win after he pitched four innings and gave up three hits and three runs, including two hits and two runs in the top of the seventh.
“I felt total confidence today. My curveball was working good today, my two-seamer had a lot of bite to it,” Curtis said. “I had a great team behind me and a lot of fans to support me.”
Sophomore Brett Mansell pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up a hit and a walk, and freshman Chandlyr Metal came in with two out, two batters on base and the potential go-ahead run at the plate, and struck out the final Lincoln batter for the save.
Leading batter for Tracy was junior Jacob Alvarado with two hits, including a double to the center field fence in the second inning, and seniors Braeden Oki, Dustin Dibble, Anthony Nunez and Aaron Denholm also had hits.
Tracy coach Vic Alkire said his team, which counted on strong senior pitchers last year, faced many doubters at the start of the season.
“We have a completely different type of team, but it’s a team that just battles and battles,” Alkire said.
Tracy’s sophomores also finished as SJAA champions, going 19-7 overall and 12-3 in the SJAA. Tracy finished with a 4-0 win over Lincoln on Wednesday, with winning pitcher Ricky Staas allowing just four hits.
Galt 4, Millennium 2
The Millennium baseball team took a non-league loss on Wednesday at Galt.
The Falcons (18-3, 10-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) had already clinched their league title prior to this week’s games, and took on Galt (14-11, 8-10 Sierra Valley Conference) to prepare for playoffs, which begin Wednesday, May 14, at McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento.
Freshman starting pitcher Steven Blackwell got the loss on Wednesday after he gave up four runs, two of them earned, on four hits over three innings. Senior reliever Daniel Gutierrez gave up one hit and no runs over four innings.
The Falcons got five hits, with one each for seniors Manjot Atwal, Raymond DelaRosa and R.J. McKee, junior Eddie Diaz and sophomore Clayton Sobrero.
West 10, Stagg 0
The Wolf Pack (10-13, 6-4 Tri-City Athletic League) secured third place in the TCAL and a playoff spot with a 10-0 win at home over Stagg (8-13, 3-7 TCAL) on Tuesday.
Senior starting pitcher Devin Bell gave up four hits over five innings for the win.
West took advantage of five walks and got base hits from juniors Ryan Wagner, Jose Hernandez and Gabe Culver and senior Mitch Cowles in an eight-run first-inning rally. West scored two more in the bottom of the fifth with hits from seniors Tyler Durant, Justin Watzke and Michael Alameda and sophomore Jacob Rebar, who doubled to bring in the 10th run and end the game.
West will open the SJS Division I South playoffs at 4 p.m. Monday in Lodi against the Lodi Flames.
Kimball 4, East Union 2
The Jaguars made their hits count in a 4-2 win on Tuesday at East Union High in Manteca. It was the last game of the season for the Jaguars (6-17, 4-10 Valley Oak League), who finish the season in sixth place in the VOL.
Senior Trevor Trew doubled to start the bottom of the second, and Kyle McPartland, Justin Warren and Cody Delbridge all singled to put the Jaguars up 2-0. East Union (7-17, 6-8 VOL) tied it up in the fourth, and a base hit for Nate Hendricks in the fifth plus a couple infield errors allowed the Jaguars to score two more.
Trew pitched all seven innings for the win. He allowed just one hit, gave up eight walks and struck out five batters.
Tracy 9, Lincoln 4
The Bulldogs collected eight hits and exploited five Lincoln errors for a 9-4 win on Tuesday in Stockton. Seniors Aaron Denholm, Dustin Dibble and Anthony Nunez had two hits each, and Nunez batted in three runs. Nunez also pitched all seven innings for the win, giving up six hits and four runs, only one of them earned.
West 12, Stagg 8
West pulled off a 12-8 win in a game characterized by wild pitches and 16 defensive errors between both teams.
West senior starting pitcher Mitch Cowles gave up five hits and six runs, three of them earned, over 4 1/3 innings, and sophomore reliever Jacob Rebar allowed one hits and two unearned runs over 2 2/3 innings.
Rebar singled and tripled, senior Jack Kelley singled and doubled, junior Gabe Culver had two hits, and senior Garrett Speckman and junior Jose Hernandez each batted in two runs
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