Tracy High’s softball team started its season by beating both local rivals in a crosstown triple-header Tuesday at the Tracy Sports Complex.
Tracy beat West 14-2 in 4½ innings in the third game of the night after beating Kimball 7-2 in the opening game. West beat Kimball 7-5.
Tuesday’s games were the first of the season for Tracy High’s team. Coach Greg Smith said the local mini tournament provided a chance to put some of his younger players to the test. What he saw, he said, is a good indication of how the season will go.
“I really like playing it, because both of these teams are good teams,” he said. “It definitely prepares us for league, and I feel that it prepares us to compete for playoffs, too.”
Among Tracy’s new players is freshman pitcher Mikayla Coelho, who pitched four innings in the two games, struck out six batters and allowed no hits.
“I was a little nervous, but it worked out. I felt like I did good and the team did good,” she said.
Also playing in her first varsity game was Tracy second baseman Felicia Suniga, a junior, who went 3-for-5 over two games, including two doubles.
“It’s just a great feeling to help my teammates out, to get on base and help my team score,” Suniga said.
West High junior catcher Sam Asbra values the crosstown rivalry because it’s a reunion of her youth softball teams, she said.
“It means the world to me, because I’ve played with these girls since I was 6. It’s an amazing feeling being able to play with them, considering that we can’t all be at the same high school.”
Tracy 14, West 2
The Bulldogs (2-0) collected nine hits against West (3-1), including a single and a double from Suniga, who batted in three runs. Coelho also had two hits and batted in a run, and senior Jazmin Clarke bashed a two-RBI triple to right-center field in the fourth inning.
Tracy senior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt went four innings and got the win after she gave up three hits and two runs and struck out six batters.
West sophomore pitcher Janae Sims took the loss. She gave up 11 walks, including four in the bottom of the second, when Tracy scored six runs, four of them earned. The West defense committed three errors in the inning.
Junior Shelby Weeks scored both of West’s runs. Senior Haley Hollis batted her in with a sacrifice grounder in the first inning and Haley Martin drove in the second run with a double in the third.
West 7, Kimball 5
West’s Asbra got her team going with a three-run homer over the center-field fence in the top of the first inning. That and Hollis’ RBI single put the Wolf Pack up 4-0, and Martin and Asbra batted in runs in the top of the fifth to give West a 6-1 lead.
Kimball (1-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth as senior Danielle Lallos hit a two-RBI single and scored on a wild pitch.
The teams each scored one more in the sixth, West on an RBI single from Weeks, and Kimball on junior Tahnee Trew’s RBI double down the left-field line.
Sims pitched five innings for the win, giving up one run and three hits. Weeks pitched relief, giving up four runs, three of them earned, and three hits.
Kimball pitcher Riley took the loss as she gave up 11 hits and seven runs, six of them earned.
Tracy 7, Kimball 2
The Bulldogs collected 10 hits in the first game, including two doubles from Coelho and two hits each from senior Ellie Fisher, junior Hayley Nunes and junior Alee Balanon.
Tracy starting pitcher Tayler Misfeldt got the win after she pitched four innings, gave up two hits and two unearned runs, and struck out eight batters. Coelho struck out five batters over three innings of relief and allowed no hits.
Lallos and senior Llesenia Torres got Kimball’s hits, and Jaguars pitcher Samantha Sarmiento took the loss.
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