After a moment of silence and a tribute to their former coach Ken Perez, Tracy players went on to dominate Bear Creek both offensively and defensively.
Sophomore pitcher Jonah Wesely pitched four innings, gave up one hit and struck out seven batters. Junior Reilly Oki pitched the fifth inning, when the Bulldogs gave up four runs on a series of infield errors and plus two base hits.
Tracy scored a run in the first as Tanner Turner singled and later scored on Jake Shull’s sacrifice grounder. The Bulldogs scored six runs in the second inning on a series of walks plus base hits from Andy Levand and Tyler Trew. Tracy’s five-run third inning included doubles from Levand, Matt Loscavio and Kyle Moses, and a three-run home run over the left field fence from Shull. John Jaeger hit a solo homer over the center field fence in the fourth, and Tyler Cox walked, advanced on a base hit from Moses and scored the winning run when Tyler Sanfilippo reached on an infield error in the fifth.
“Obviously we got some gifts today, a lot of bases on balls, but we did get a few good hits to drive in runs,” Tracy Coach Vic Alkire said. “We had some tough one-run losses so we’ll take whatever we can get.”
Sophomores: Tracy 7, Bear Creek 1
Dustin Dibble took the mound for Tracy on Tuesday at Monte Vista Middle School and pitched allowed one run in five innings. He gave up two hits, six walks and struck out eight batters. Justin Minnix pitched the sixth and seventh innings and gave up no runs and one hit. He struck out one batter and threw 21 strikes out of 26 pitches.
The Bulldog batters collected 10 hits. With the game tied 1-1 in the second, Bruce Russell hit a solo home run to put Tracy back in the lead. Anthony Nunez hit two doubles and Victor Escoto and Justin Minnix also had two base hits for the day.
“I was really excited to see Dibble get a good game in,” Tracy coach Ryan Hern said. “His walks were a bit high, but his eight strikeouts in five innings were very impressive. It’s exciting to see our bats continue to get runs in. Our team still hasn’t reached our full potential yet. We have a few kinks still to work out with base running and small ball. But with our limited practices, I’m very impressed with our team’s progress.”
Millennium 10, Vacaville Christian 1
The Falcons tallied 13 base hits in Tuesday’s game at Vacaville Christian, bringing Millennium to a 4-5 record for the season, with Central California Athletic Alliance play to start Monday at Elliot Christian in Lodi.
Freshman pitcher Spencer Blackwell got his first win as he pitched for four innings and gave up three hits an one unearned run. Austin Larson pitched three innings, allowed one hit and struck out four batters. Batting leaders included Larson with three hits and two runs batted-in. Cody Nelson singled and doubled and drove in three runs, and Joe Bains singled, double and batted in two.
“We just put the ball in play, and that’s what I’m trying to get the team to do,” Coach Drew Reyes said, adding that his team had only four strikeouts at the plate, which is a big improvement over the season’s first games.
Lincoln 5, Tracy 4
Tracy’s Kyle Moses got the Bulldogs off to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a solo home run over the left field fence on Thursday at Lincoln High in Stockton. The Bulldogs also exploited Lincoln’s mistakes to take a 4-0 lead in the fourth, with a wild pitch and an error contributing to Tracy’s two-run third inning, and a walk and another error allowing Tracy to score one more in the fourth.
The Trojans came back with a two-run fourth inning and then scored three more in the fifth.
John Jaeger pitched four innings and allowed two runs, and Dominic D’Souza pitched the fifth and sixth innings and gave up three runs for the loss. Tracy had four hits for the day, including Moses’ homer and a double for Matt Loscavio.
Sophomores: Tracy 7, Lincoln 1
Tracy High’s sophomores took a 7-1 win in Stockton Thursday. Jeremy Vaughn took the hill and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run, three hits, three walks and struck out four. Justin Minnix came in the bottom of the fifth and finished the game, allowing no runs, three hits with one strikeout. Defensive standouts included David Miranda at second base, Grant Bessette in center, and catcher Victor Escoto.
The Bulldog batters collected 11 hits. Miranda, Minnix and Anthony Nunez each had two hits for the day, including Nunez’ bases-loaded triple.
“Today was an all around great day for the Bulldogs,” Ryan Hern said. “They had great pitching, great defense, and great bats today. The sophomores have been showing that their hard work at practice has been really paying off. I couldn’t have asked for a better opening week for league.”
Freshmen: Kimball 10, East Union 4
The Jaguars (1-5) got their first win of the season at East Union in Manteca Thursday. Matthew Rodriguez pitched six innings for Kimball and Luke Johnson pitched one. In all they gave up seven hits while their team collected 14 base hits. Johnson also led his team in the field, making an inning-ending catch in center field while backing up a teammate, and also went three-for-three at the plate. Brennan Bowman, Dylan Davis, Alvin Duran and Raul Salazar each had two base hits.