Sophomore Jonah Wesely pitched his 11th win of the season, and his 10 strikeouts for the day puts him at 100 for the season, a new school record. He gave up just one hit in five innings, and his brother, Josh Wesely, pitched the sixth and seventh innings and gave up just one hit.
The day was also a tribute to the team’s seniors, playing their last game on the Tracy High field. They have one more league game on Wednesday at Chavez High and then they head to playoffs.
Players said that it took a few games in the preseason to find the team’s rhythm, but by the time league play came around they were ready to succeed.
“We realized that we have all this talent and we weren’t doing anything with it,” senior outfielder Andy Levand said. “We got it into our heads that we could be a really good baseball team. Now, at this level, we’re pretty solid going into playoffs.”
Senior first baseman Tyler Trew added that the team had to live up to expectations as well.
“After Ken (Perez, the team’s former sophomore coach) passed away we all got on board. Ever since then we’ve been rolling,” Trew said. “I think we’ve hit our peak going into playoffs. We can take it to whoever we play.”
Tuesday’s game went scoreless for five innings, with Tracy getting only three hits. In the bottom of the sixth the Bulldogs took advantage of five walks and two base hits for a late eight-run rally, with Devon Denholm and Andy Levand each knocking one in on fielder’s choice plays, Kyle Moses batted in two on a single down the left field line, Jake Shull hit a sacrifice fly to score one and Matt Loscavio drove one in on an outfield error. Matt Loscavio, who had two hits for the day, also stole home in the sixth, and Denholm scored on a passed ball.
Sophomores: Tracy 16, Chavez 3
Dustin Dibble made his last start of the season Tuesday at Monte Vista Middle School against the Titans of Chavez High. In four innings he allowed one unearned run, three hits and four walks and struck out seven batters to finish his season with an 8-0 record. Josh Brakkee closed in the last inning, struck out two and allowed four hits and two runs.
Tracy collected 16 runs for the day. David Miranda and Anthony Nunez had three hits each, Victor Escoto and Bruce Russell each had two hits, and Dustin Dibble, Justin Minnix, Lucas Garro, Tyler Mendoes, Matt Boswell and Jacob Guevara had one hit each.
Tracy Coach Ryan Hern noted that a win for Tracy at Chavez on Wednesday will gain the Bulldogs the SJAA title for 2011.
West 11, McNair 0
West High’s baseball team locked up its playoff spot on Monday with an 11-0 win at McNair High in Stockton on Monday. West is 6-3 in the TCAL, 11-9 overall, with one game left in the regular season Wednesday at West High. The Wolf Pack jumped out to an early lead, scoring four run in the first inning, two in the second and four in the third and one more in the fifth to end it in five innings.
Eric Gleese pitched all five innings, struck out nine McNair batters and allowed just one hit and one walk. Leaders at the plate included Jacob Lopez who had three base hits and scored four times. Jordan Devencenzi batted in four runs and Chris Del Dotto also had two hits.
West plays one more on Wednesday at home against McNair, with game time at 4:30 p.m. and a tribute to the team’s seniors at 3:45 p.m.
Millennium 17, Sierra Ridge/ROP 7
The Falcons charged out to 10-0 lead, but Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage came back in the late innings to make it a close game going into the bottom of the sixth inning at the Tracy Learning Center on Monday. The Falcons then scored six runs to end it in the sixth inning.
Spencer Blackwell had three base hits, including a double, and batted in four runs to be the Falcons’ leading batter for the day. Austin Larson had three hits including a triple, and batted in two, and Daniel Yanez, Drew Carroll and Jamani Woods each had two hits. Angel Martinez got his first hit of the season when he hit a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth.
Tanner Carroll pitched the first two innings and allowed no hits and no runs. Spencer Blackwell and Jonny Rojas also pitched for the Falcons.
Foothill 12, West 6
West had a 4-0 lead at the end of three innings Saturday in a non-league makeup game against Foothill High of Pleasanton. Foothill came back with two runs in the fourth, and took a 5-4 lead in the fifth before West scored two more in the bottom of the fifth. Foothill rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning for the win.
Hits for the Wolf Pack included a two-run homer to left field for Jonathan Townsend. Andrew Watson had two hits and drove in two runs, Jordan Devencenzi had two hits and drove in one, and Jacob Lopez had two hits.
Sophomores: Kimball 6, Lathrop 4
Kimball High’s sophomores finished their season at 10-7, 8-6 in the Valley Oak League, with a 6-4 win at Lathrop High on Friday. The Spartans had a 3-1 lead before the Jaguars rallied for four runs in the sixth. Jason Riley started on the mound for Kimball and pitched five innings, and Rico Arias got the win, pitching the sixth and seventh innings. They gave up four hits between them.
Arias also hit the three-run homer in the sixth inning that put his team ahead. Issa Yusef and Nick Przybyla contributed two hits each, and Chris Lopez also batted in a run in the seventh inning.
Coach Rob Wichman said that it was a good finish for a team that went 1-19 as a freshman squad last year.
“Considering that eight of our guys moved to varsity, 10-7 is a record we’re pretty happy with,” he said.