Softball: West sits atop league standings
by Bob Brownne
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The West High softball team is in first place in the Tri-City Athletic League, and launched the second half of league season with a 16-3 win over McNair High in Stockton.

West (17-5, 6-0 TCAL) also defeated Stagg High 8-0 at home on Monday, April 22, to close out the first half of the league slate.

Though the Wolf Pack has the advantage in the quest for the league title, coach Marty Torres hopes to avoid overconfidence, especially against third-place Tokay (3-3 TCAL) on Friday, April 26, and second-place St. Mary’s (5-1 TCAL) on Monday, April 29.

“That’s a tough setup there,” Torres said. “We’re at home, but they’re going to be hungry.”

Senior Ashley Tornio said that West’s advantage is how well players work together.

“There’s no doubt that we can go undefeated this year,” Tornio said.

Against McNair (0-16, 0-5 TCAL), sophomore Shelby Weeks pounded out six of West’s 19 hits, and senior Jalissa Sims hit a home run and drove in five runs. Janae Sims struck out 10 batters over seven innings and allowed five hits.

West tallied 10 base hits Monday against Stagg (8-13, 2-3), including a leadoff triple for Weeks in the first. She finished with two hits, as did senior Rikki Kirchefer, who drove in a run and tripled.

Tornio pitched all seven innings for the win.

Millennium 5, Big Valley Christian 3

A bases-double from freshman Alex Ramirez in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a 3-3 tie and brought the Falcons a win at home Wednesday, April 24.

The win puts the Falcons (11-6, 4-0 Central California Athletic Alliance) in first place in league, with another game against Big Valley Christian (8-5, 4-1) on Friday, April 26, in Modesto.

Ramirez said the pitch seemed to float toward her before she blasted it into left field.

Sophomore Annalisa Repetto tripled, singled and drove in two runs, and sophomore Ashley Grajeda batted in another run.

Freshman pitcher Amy Wise, who gave up four hits and one earned run, said the close score helped keep the team focus on staying in first place.

“We kept it to a low score,” Wise said, “so I think we did a really good job.”

Tracy 3, Franklin 2

The Bulldogs opened the third round of San Joaquin Athletic Association play with a win at Franklin High on Tuesday, April 23, to keep their hold on first place.

Tracy (18-4, 10-1 SJAA) trailed Franklin (7-15, 2-9) 2-1 going into the seventh.

But Tracy senior Angela Mariani singled, and sophomore Alee Balanon doubled to drive her in. Balanon then stole third and scored on a passed ball to put the Bulldogs ahead, 3-2.

Junior pitcher Tayler Misfeldt struck out nine batters over seven innings and gave up four hits in the win.

Tracy also claimed a 9-5 win in extra innings at Bear Creek High in Stockton on April 18. Tracy broke a 4-4 tie with a five-run rally in the top of the 10th, with Guasch and Fisher both hitting RBI singles. Balanon knocked in three on a bases-loaded double.

Misfeldt pitched all 10 innings for the win.

Kimball 29, Manteca 8

Kimball High batters were relentless Wednesday, April 24, against visiting Manteca High.

The Jaguars (15-6, 7-3 Valley Oak League) collected 28 base hits over four innings.

Senior Anisha Richardson homered twice, doubled twice, singled and batted in six runs. Junior Gabbi Cox went five-for-five including two doubles, and junior Taylor Honnoll hit a home run.

Kimball junior starting pitcher Amanda Riley went four innings and gave up five hits and four runs, two of them earned, for the win.

Kimball traveled to East Union on Monday, April 22, for an 8-3 win.

But on Friday, April 19, the Sierra Timberwolves affirmed their first-place standing in the VOL, defeating Kimball High 8-4.

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