The Lady Bulldogs (11-14, 7-2 SJAA) played their regularly scheduled game against the Titans from Cesar Chavez High School, plus a make up game, at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton. It puts them on a five-game winning streak since their 1-2 loss at Lodi two weeks ago.
Tracy, Lodi and Lincoln each have two league losses going into the last week of play, but the Lincoln Trojans already have Tracy and Lodi, their two toughest opponents, behind them.
The winner of Thursday’s Tracy vs. Lodi game, 3:30 p.m. at the Tracy Sports Complex, goes to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. That team could finish alone in first place in the SJAA if Lincoln takes a loss this week, or if Lincoln wins its last games against Franklin, Bear Creek and Chavez, tied for first place. In that case Tracy would be the league’s second seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs next Saturday.
Tracy 4, Chavez 0
In her second complete game of the day, Tracy pitcher Morgan Hayes went the first five innings without allowing any base hits for Chavez. The Titans reached base on three infield errors and an outfield error in the first five innings, but never made it all the way around.
Tracy had just five hits in this game, including Latoya Whiten’s triple to deep left-center in the first inning. It wasn’t until the third that Tracy got a string of hits to bring in some runs. Stephanie Leles reached on an infield error to lead off the inning, Hayes drove one up the middle for a single and Stephanie Fisher bunted and outran the throw to load the bases. Whiten came up with another base hit to bring in Leles and Hayes. Fisher and Whiten both scored on passed balls.
Chavez threatened to score in the fifth when the Titans got two base hits and a walk and loaded the bases with two outs. Fisher chased down the next batter’s fly ball to deep left field to end the inning.
The Titans got two more on base in the seventh, one on a walk, the other on a base hit. Hayes logged her eighth, ninth and 10th strikeouts in the seventh to end the game.
Tracy 2, Chavez 0
Hayes allowed two hits in the first game on Wednesday, and faced only 23 batters, two over the minimum 21.
Tracy catcher Rebecca Titus threw out a Chavez baserunner who tried to steal second and shortstop Stephanie Leles made the tag. Another Chavez baserunner got as far as second on two infield errors but ended up stranded on base. Another reached first on a single in the seventh with one out before the next two grounded out to the Tracy infield.
Tracy got runners on base in the first, but also was up against a tough Chavez infield. Hayes singled to lead off the inning, Fisher was hit by a pitch and Whiten drew a walk. Titus hit one to the shortstop and Chavez went for the force-out at home, and Fisher made it in when Sara Amorello was hit by a pitch.
Leles and Hayes led off the fifth inning with singles, and with two out Titus got a base hit to bring in Leles.