Kimball pitcher Alexis Lopez got her 21st win of the year on Wednesday, May 9, as the Jaguar softball team defeated St. Mary’s in the last non-league game before teams head to the playoffs.
Lopez (21-4) gave up eight hits and two runs, one of them earned, over seven innings. The Jaguars (23-4, 12-2 Valley Oak League) collected nine hits. The Rams (23-4, 9-1) are also this year’s Tri-City Athletic League champions.
Kimball scored three runs in the first inning when Danielle Lallos bunted with two out and runners on first and third. The throw was too late to get Lallos out, and a St. Mary’s error sent the ball into right field to allow two runs to score. Another error on the throw in allowed Lallos to score.
Kimball scored in the sixth as Anisha Richardson and Katie Hanville hit RBI singles. Kate Bomar drove in two more on a two-out double down the left field line. Ariana Hawkins had three base hits for the day and Bomar had two hits
Kimball (12-2 VOL) finishes the VOL season in second place behind Oakdale, and begins the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs on Thursday, May 17, against Los Banos.
St. Mary’s 6, West 5
West and St. Mary’s played two innings to determine this year’s Tri-City Athletic League champion, but at the end a West error and a bases-loaded single for the Rams denied the Wolf Pack a third consecutive league title.
The two-inning contest on Wednesday, March 9, at Arnaiz Fields in Stockton was the continuation of the April 24 game, which was rained out as the teams went into the ninth inning tied at 5-5. West (16-11 overall, 8-2 TCAL) and St. Mary’s (23-4, 9-1 TCAL) were also tied for first in the league standings at 8-1 each going into Wednesday.
Neither team put runners on base in the ninth, and West got as far as second base in the top of the 10th. The Rams’ Katie Castellon hit the game-winning bases-loaded single with two out in the bottom of the 10th.
West also played McNair this week for a 9-5 win on Tuesday, May 8. Highlights included three doubles for Miranda Gannon, and starting pitcher Amanda Riley went all seven innings for the win.
West will begin the Division I playoffs at noon on Saturday, May 19, at the Sacramento Softball Complex against Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove.
Tracy 5, Bear Creek 4
Brianna Warner batted in three runs for Tracy in the Lady Bulldogs’ 5-4 win on Wednesday, May 9, at Bear Creek High in Stockton.
Warner was Tracy’s leading batter with two base hits for the day, which helped Tracy take a 5-2 lead in the fourth inning. The Bulldogs (21-5 overall, 7-2 San Joaquin Athletic Association) held on as the Bruins nearly tied it up on the bottom of fourth.
Jazmin Clarke also had two hits and Tayler Misfeldt tripled and batted in a run. Misfeldt pitched all seven innings for her 10th win of the season, and gave up seven hits and struck out four.
Tracy has one more game on Friday against Chavez High at Arnaiz Fields in Stockton. Tracy has second place in league and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff spot locked up, but needs a win Friday to get the second seed from the SJAA. A higher seed would allow Tracy to host the first round of playoffs on Tuesday, May 15, against Sheldon, and the lower seed would put Tracy on the road to Atwater on Tuesday.