West fell to an early 1-0 deficit on two errors Monday at West High, but the Wolf Pack (6-3) quickly came back with Clyde Parilla’s two-out, two-run single to center in the bottom of the second.
Lodi tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the fifth, and West quickly regained the lead when Jonathan Townsend doubled to right to drive in Parilla. Lodi made the game a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly, and West took the lead right back again with a two-run sixth when Nate Trujillo doubled, scoring Desean Watson and Victor Gonzales.
Lodi had an opportunity to tie the game in the top of the seventh. West nearly had the game wrapped up when Lodi’s Geeze Borges hit a routine ground ball to shortstop, but Parilla's throw to second base sailed into short right field, allowing one more run to score. West pitcher Eric Gleese struck out a Lodi batter looking.
In all, Parilla and Townsend each had two base hits, and Oetken pitched 6-1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs. Elliot Christian 8, Millennium 2
Millennium’s first game of Harvest Christian League play Monday went to Elliot Christian, which started off with a two-run home run in the first after the wind at the Tracy Learning Center helped carry the ball over the right-field fence. The Eagles scored consistently after that.
While the Falcons (2-2) got seven base hits, they missed out on opportunities to score, leaving runners stranded in most innings.
“We were getting on base,” assistant coach Drew Reyes said. “We just needed hits at the right times, and we weren’t getting those.
Austin Larson pitched five innings for the Falcons and took the loss. Jose Avila got two hits, and Tanner Carroll got a hit and batted in both of the Falcons’ runs. Larson, Cody Nelson, Daniel Yanez and Mike Lavarias also had hits. Freshmen: Lodi 8, West 2
The Lodi High Flames scored three in the first and three more in the second to take an early lead Monday in Lodi.
West High (1-4) got on the scoreboard in the first inning, but with only two hits for the day — one from Chase Martinez, the other from Kevin Oetken — the Wolf Pack had to use heads-up baserunning to get around the diamond. Martinez stole base twice and scored on a groundout, and Andrew Benns reached base when he was hit by a pitch in the sixth and scored when Oetken reached on a fielder’s choice.
Jackson Nott and Jacob Thomassen pitched for West. West 4, Pinole Valley 3
West put up a quick three runs in the first inning at home Saturday, with RBIs from Jonathan Townsend and a bases-loaded walk for Jason Thomassen. Then Pinole Valley's starting pitcher, Nate Gereken, settled down and allowed West no runs through five innings.
West High pitcher Taylor Kruger was dominant and got the win after he went six-plus innings, striking out 11 and allowing six hits.
Pinole Valley finally scored in the fifth inning, and West answered back when Sal Alvarado scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Devencenzi.
Derek Oetken pitched relief with a runner on first and nobody out in the top of the seventh. After giving up a soft single to right and hitting a batter, Oetken struck out Pinole Valley first baseman Damian Marshall looking and got a 1-2-3 double play on the next batter to pick up the save. Freshmen: Franklin 13, Kimball 7
The Jaguar freshmen went to Elk Grove on Saturday to face Franklin High. Kimball (0-3) had a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the third before Franklin scored six in the bottom of the third and six more in the fourth for a 13-7 win.
There were some bright spots for the Jaguar team. Zack Perugi went 4-for-4 with three doubles and a single, and Nathan Pearlman knocked a pinch-hit triple in the top of the seventh to drive in two runs. Also getting base hits were Issa Yusuf, Ismael Guiterrez, Corbin Lis and Jason Riley.
Riley pitched three innings and allowed seven hits and seven runs for the loss, and Franklin got seven more hits off relievers Jacob Salazar and Jeremy Vaughn. Freshmen: Tracy 10, Elliot 0
Tracy High had just five base hits in the first of two games Saturday at home against Jim Elliot High of Lodi, but the Bulldogs took advantage of four Elliot errors and seven walks, plus one batter hit by a pitch, to take a 10-0 win after five innings.
Alex Barba took the win on the mound after he pitched three innings and allowed one hit, and Nate Scanlon allowed two more hits in two innings for the save. Barba also doubled, and Matt Boswell, Jacob Guevara, Scanlon and Jonah Wesely got base hits. Freshmen: Elliot 18, Tracy 4
In the second game of the day Saturday, the Eagles started with a four-run first inning for an early lead, and then ran away with the game with a 10-run third inning. Starting pitcher David Miranda got the loss after he allowed four runs, and Justin Minnix, John Jaeger and Guevara also pitched. The only three hits Tracy got for the day came from Joe Saenz and Scanlon, who both doubled, and Tyler Mendoes. Bradshaw Christian 10, Millennium 3
Bradshaw Christian jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings against the visiting Falcons, who traveled to Sacramento on Friday. Millennium put its bats to work but couldn’t get its baserunners in, leaving the bases loaded as the Falcons went scoreless in the first and third innings.
Josh Moore started on the mound and gave up four runs in two innings, taking the loss. Jose Avila and Mike Lavarias also pitched for the Falcons.
Leaders at the plate were Jamani Woods and Cody Nelson, who each had two base hits, including a double and an RBI each. Austin Larson also doubled, and Avila had two base hits. Sophomores: Tracy 4, Lincoln 3
The Lincoln Trojans came out of the gate strong Friday at Monte Vista Middle School with three hits and one run in the first inning.
The game was tied 1-1 after four innings and the Trojans pulled ahead by two in the fifth. The Bulldogs managed a run in the fifth when Chris Bacchetti knocked in Kyle Scornaienchi, who walked to start the inning. In the bottom of the sixth, with Kenny Bergman on second with two outs, Scornaienchi rocketed an inside fastball to left field to score Bergman and tie the game 3-3.
Shane Fansler and Matt Loscavio both walked to start the bottom of the ninth, and Bacchetti hit a sharp ground ball to the shortstop, moving Fansler to third and forcing Loscavio out at second.
With one out and runners at first and third, Lincoln tried to catch pinch runner Nano Aguirre sneaking off of third base. With the ball in the third baseman's glove, the pitcher toed the rubber and the umpire called a balk, which sent Aguirre in for the winning run.
Starting pitcher Reilly Oki allowed three hits and a run; Ryan Black pitched six innings and allowed two runs and six hits; and Shane Fansler finished on the mound as he pitched one inning with one hit and no runs. Los Banos 14, West 10
West High started off hot in the first inning Thursday in Los Banos when Derek Oetken hit a no-outs, bases-loaded double to drive in three runs.
Los Banos responded with four runs in the bottom of the first off starting pitcher Taylor Worley. West struggled after that, giving up four runs in the third and four more in the fourth. Down 13-4 at the start of the sixth inning, West battled back with a six-run inning that included RBI singles from Jordan Devencenzi and Jacob Wilson.
Worley took the loss after he pitched two innings and gave up six runs on five hits. Clyde Parilla had four base hits for the day, and Taylor Kruger and Oetken had two hits each and Worley hit a double.