The game gives Tracy (18-6-1, 10-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) a chance to move up in the SJAA standings, where the Bulldogs must make at least second place to go to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South playoffs. Lodi is 11-2 in the SJAA, 17-7-1 overall.
That means that every game, including today’s home game and Thursday’s final game in Lodi, are must-wins for the Bulldogs.
Tracy started Tuesday’s tilt with a two-run first inning and scored four more in the second. Alex Flores pitched the entire game for Tracy. After he gave up two runs and pitched out of trouble in the first two innings, he and the Tracy defense shut down Lodi’s batters and baserunners and cruised to the win.
Tracy’s batters added four more runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth.
The top hitters for Tracy were Kyle Moses with two singles and two doubles and an RBI. Jacob Valdez had three base hits, including a double, and batted in two; Tanner Turner singled and double and batted in two; and Ricky Diaz and Andy Levand each had two hits and an RBI. Tokay 13, West 7
West High’s varsity baseball team was bumped out of contention for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs Tuesday with a 13-7 loss at Tokay.
West (14-11, 4-4 Tri-City Athletic League) had a 4-1 lead as Tokay (13-12, 7-2 TCAL) went up in the bottom of the third inning, which was when Tokay capitalized on West’s mistakes to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.
Tokay scored four more in the fourth inning and four in the sixth.
Tokay got on the scoreboard first with a triple and a single in the first inning, and West came back in the top of the second with base hits from Jordan Devencenzi, Jacob Lopez and Derek Oetken to load the bases for Taylor Kruger’s two-run single.
West scored two more in the top of the third after Clyde Parilla singled and Jonathan Townsend hit a deep fly ball and reached base when the Tokay outfielder missed the catch. Parilla scored when Lopez hit a sacrifice fly, and Townsend scored on a wild pitch.
Two errors and a couple of walks gave Tokay its base runners in the bottom of the third, and all scored. The Tigers rallied for a couple of base hits and took advantage of a West error to score four more in the fourth.
West scored two more in the fifth on a double for Parilla and base hits for Lopez, Oetken and Kruger, and in the sixth, Nathan Trujillo led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Parilla.
Tokay came back, though, with big hits in the sixth inning to score four more and put the game out of West’s reach.
West will play a makeup game at Stagg today and will play Tokay again at home Thursday. Sophomores: Tracy 11, Lodi 5
Tracy High’s sophomore baseball team clinched first place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association with a win at Lodi on Tuesday. With two games to go in the season, the Bulldogs are 21-1 overall and 12-1 in the SJAA.
Tracy scored two runs in each of the first three innings, but at the end of the fourth the Bulldogs were only up by a score of 6-4.
Pitcher Ryan Black started the game, and the Tracy defense kept an aggressive-hitting Lodi team from starting any rallies. Early in the game, shortstop Tyler Cox fielded a slowly hit ball moving to his left and threw to Josh Rogers at second to catch the runner from first. With no time to make the play at first, Rogers threw to Matt Loscavio at third to nail a Lodi runner as he rounded the base.
The Bulldogs pulled away in the fifth and sixth innings. Loscavio and Cox both had three hits on the day, including a game-opening double by Loscavio and two doubles by Cox.
Cody Daniel picked up two hits on the day, and Josh Rogers turned out to be a key baserunner with one base hit, two walks, two stolen bases and two runs scored. In one instance, he saw that the left side of the infield wasn’t paying attention, so he broke for third and Loscavio followed suit to steal second. Both scored on a Chris Bacchetti two-out, two-RBI single. Sophomores: Tokay 8 West 2
Tokay had a no-hitter going for several innings in Lodi on Tuesday before Johnny Gori hit a solo home run over the right-field fence. Jalen Ransome started on the mound and Cody Blackburn pitched the rest of the game, struck out four batters and didn’t give up any walks.
Errors cost West the game, with six total errors on the day. After falling behind 6-1 after four innings, West was able to muster only one more run. Gori’s homer was one of his two hits for the day, and Ransome also had two hits and scored West’s other run. Freshmen: Tracy 15, West 5
West High’s freshmen (3-20) started off with a 4-0 lead in the first inning in Monday’s cross-town match at West High.
The Wolf Pack took advantage of five walks to score the first two, and Jackson Nott singled to right-center to drive in two more.
Tracy (16-6) scored two in the second as Bruce Russell and Jacob Guevara each singled to drive in runs, and Tracy took the 5-4 lead in the fourth inning when Austin Riches and Alec Barba both singled, and came home on John Jaeger’s three-run homer.
Tracy extended its lead in the fifth inning with hits from Guevara, Riches, and RBI double for Barba, and RBI hit for Miranda, a bases-loaded walk, and an RBI single for Matt Boswell. Tracy rallied for four more in the sixth, and scored another in the seventh.
Boswell had three hits and four RBIs, Barba had three hits and two RBIs, and Guevara, Miranda and Riches each had two hits. Nate Scanlon started on the mound for Tracy and allowed one hit and four runs. Barba pitched six innings for Tracy and had nine strikeouts and allowed three hits and got the win.
Nott had three of West’s four hits for the day and batted in two runs. Chase Martinez had a hit for West in the fourth inning and scored when Kevin Oetken grounded out. Nott pitched 3-1/3 innings for West and allowed seven hits and five runs and struck out two batters. Noah Encarnacion pitched one inning and gave up three hits and four runs, and Jacob Thomassen pitched 2-2/3 innings and gave up six hits and five runs. Freshmen: Bear Creek 4, Kimball 3
The Jaguars finished their season at 1-17 with a loss in their final game Monday against Bear Creek at Tracy Ball Park.
Bear Creek took a 3-0 lead with a run in the first inning and two more in the third.
Kimball scored one in the bottom of the after Ismael Gutierrez doubled and Corbin Lis doubled to bring in Gutierrez.
The Bruins scored one more in the fourth, and in the bottom of the fifth Nathan Pearlman reached base on a fielders choice and Issa Yusuf hit a two-run home run.
Jacob Salazar pitched all seven innings, struck out 10 Bear Creek batters and allowed five hits and three earned runs.
Lis and Salazar each had two base hits for the day, and Yusef, Kyle Pajarillo, Daniel Miller and Rocco Estrada also had base hits.