Softball: Kimball beats both crosstown rivals
by Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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Kimball High’s Arianna Hawkins (left) and Gabbi Cox collide as they both try to catch the pop fly to shallow left field in their game Monday afternoon against West High.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Kimball High Jaguars established themselves as the top team in Tracy by beating both of its cross-town rivals on Monday, May 8, as a warm up to the playoffs.

The Jaguars beat Tracy and West highs at the Tracy Sports Complex to end the season undefeated against their rivals.

Monday’s matchups gave each team a chance to get in a couple more games to make up for rainouts earlier in the season. All three teams are headed for their respective division playoffs, and Tracy and West still have a chance to finish in first place in their leagues.

Kimball (22-4 overall, 12-2 Valley Oak League) finished in second in the VOL and begins the playoffs on May 17 at Arnaiz Fields in Stockton.

Kimball junior shortstop Arianna Hawkins said that her team proved that it could keep improving all the way through the season — which included beating Tracy, 11-6, on March 7, and West, 9-7, on March 15.

“It shows that it wasn’t a fluke the first time, that we were true winners,” she said.

Jaguar senior first baseman Montanna Bradley added that the pair of wins over West and Tracy on Monday was a good transition into the playoffs.

“It’s real exciting to win against a rival team, and it’s a fun experience because you get to play against your friends, and get bragging rights,” Bradley said.

Tracy (20-5, 6-2 San Joaquin Athletic Association), sits in second place and has games this week at Bear Creek on Wednesday, May 9, and at Chavez on Friday, May 11. Tracy’s final league standing will also depend on how first-place Lincoln High does in its last two games.

West (15-10, 7-1 Tri-City Athletic League), finishes its season on Tuesday, May 8, at McNair High in Stockton. West must also play the final inning of a rain-suspended game against St. Mary’s, which ended 5-5 in the ninth inning on April 25. West will earn a share of the league title if it beats McNair and get the win over St. Mary’s.

Both Tracy and West will be in the Division I playoffs, which will begin Saturday, May 19, in Sacramento, though lower-seeded teams will begin play out-bracket games on Tuesday, May 15.

Kimball 6, Tracy 5

Tracy took a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning, but Kimball took the game back in the bottom of the seventh with hits from Llesenia Torres, Montanna Bradley and Ariana Hawkins, setting up Danielle Lallos’ game-winning RBI.

Bradley had three hits for Kimball, Hawkins singled and tripled, and Lallos and Katie Hanville had two hits each. Kimball starting pitcher Alexis Lopez allowed nine hits.

Angela Mariani singled twice and doubled for Tracy. Ellie Fisher and Jazmin Clarke each had two hits and Brianna Warner doubled for the Bulldogs. Julia Fernandez pitched for Tracy and allowed 11 hits and struck out three batters.

Kimball 5, West 3

Arianna Hawkins broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth when she sent the ball to deep right center for an RBI triple.

Hawkins also singled twice, Samantha Sanders and Taylor Honnoll each had two base hits and Katie Hanville doubled once.

Kimball starting pitcher Danielle Lallos went three innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Alexis Lopez got the win and allowed one run on two hits during six innings of work.

For West, pitcher Amanda Riley gave up 12 hits.

Tracy 5, West 3

The Lady Bulldogs let the top of their batting order do what they do best to take an early lead against West in the win.

Leadoff batter Ellie Fisher’s speed got her on base with a bunt to start the bottom of the first and Brianna Warner was just as fast as she also reached on a bunt. Angela Mariani then pounded the ball to deep left field for a two-run double, and after Sabrina George reached on a fielder’s choice, Julia Fernandez came up with another big hit — a two-run triple down the right field line — to make it a 4-0 game.

“I saw a lot of energy in the dugout and it’s going to build up as we go along,” Fernandez said. “I think we’ll keep doing better.”

West came up with four base hits in the third inning, including doubles for Amanda Riley and Ashley Tornio, and that was good for three runs, but the Wolf Pack wasn’t able to catch up to Tracy.

Tracy pitcher Tayler Misfeldt went all seven innings and gave up seven hits. Brianna Warner went four-for-four, including three infield singles, and Fisher had three infield singles and two stolen bases.

Kasey Cota pitched six innings for West and gave up 10 hits and struck out five batters. She also pitched her way out of trouble in the sixth inning when Tracy was ahead 4-3 and had the bases loaded with one out. She walked in a run, but also struck out two batters to limit the damage. Hits for West also included two singles for Jalissa Sims and an RBI single for Celena Carrisosa.

It’s Tracy’s third win this year against West, including a 6-5 win on March 21 and a 3-2 win on March 27.

Freshman-sophomore: West 7, Tracy 6

Haley Hollis hit two home runs to lead the West sophomore team to a 7-6 win over the Tracy High freshman team. West’s Justina Farfan contributed a triple and a single, and Zoe Gaviola gave up seven hits and struck out four Tracy batters.

Kayla Odgers pitched for Tracy and gave up six hits and struck out four batters. Brooke Ornellas singled twice for Tracy, Hanna Bottita tripled and Jillian Bessette doubled.

Sophomores: Tracy 7, Kimball 1

Felisha Suniga hit a grand slam in the second inning to lead Tracy to a 7-1 win over Kimball on Monday. Lyndsee Cracraft also batted in two runs, and Amanda Vasquez and Kristen Olson had two hits each and each batted in a run. Kimberly Paschal pitched all seven innings and gave up four hits, including a solo home run for Kimball’s Hailey Garza in the seventh inning.

Sophomores: Kimball 6, West 2

West scored its two runs on Jessica Rasmussen’s sixth-inning double.

Kimball’s statistics were not available.

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