Softball: Tracy makes statement against league rival
by Bob Brownne
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Bulldogs blank the Trojans
Tracy High sophomore Alee Balanon (right) slides in safe at second base with the steal against Lincoln High at the Tracy Sports Complex on Tuesday, March 26. Tracy beat Lincoln 8-0.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Tracy High softball team’s 8-0 win over visiting Lincoln on Tuesday, March 26, at the Tracy Sports Complex is the confidence boost the Bulldogs needed.

The San Joaquin Athletic Association season is still young, but Tracy (7-3, 3-0 SJAA) stood as the only undefeated team in the league as of Tuesday. Defending champion Lincoln (6-8, 2-1 SJAA) was the only team to beat Tracy in league play last year.

Junior shortstop Jazmin Clarke said that made Tuesday’s win important in the 15-game league season.

“It’s really big, because they’re our top-notch competition in the league,” Clarke said. “We came out with our best, and I know they did, too.”

Tracy sophomore left fielder Alee Balanon added that the whole team brings enthusiasm to the league season.

“I was really pumped to play, and the vibe that each player gets off of each other is really good,” she said. “I’m real excited … I hope we go undefeated because we have the ability to do so.”

Tracy broke the game open with a five-run rally in the second inning, including doubles from juniors Olivia Perea, Tayler Misfeldt and Ellie Fisher, a single from senior Brianna Warner, and Clarke’s two-RBI double down the left-field line.

Tracy had nine hits.

Misfeldt pitched seven innings for the win. She struck out seven batters and gave up seven hits.

Tracy also beat SJAA opponent Lodi 6-0 on March 21, in Lodi.

Fisher hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and singled twice against the Flames (5-9, 1-1).

Clarke tripled and singled, and Balanon, junior Sabrina George and sophomore Hayley Nunes also had two hits each.

Misfeldt allowed two hits and struck out 10 Lodi batters for the win.

Millennium 15, McNair 10

The Falcons (5-2) traveled to Stockton and were rewarded with a win Wednesday, March 27, over the McNair Eagles (0-9).

Millennium’s top hitters were senior Breana Reyes, who tripled and singled, and sophomores Riquel Riveira and Ashley Grajeda, who had two hits and two RBIs each.

The win followed a 4-3 loss at Delhi (10-3) on March 21.

Millennium freshman pitcher Amy Wise went four innings and struck out three batters, and senior Breana Reyes hit a two-run homer.

Sierra 3, Kimball 1

The Timberwolves came up with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome the Jaguars’ early lead Tuesday, March 26, in Manteca.

It was the first Valley Oak League game for Kimball (6-2, 0-1 VOL), against a hot Sierra team (12-0, 3-0).

Kimball freshman pitcher Samantha Sarmiento allowed seven hits and three runs over six innings in the loss.

Kimball had three hits, including a double and a single for junior Llesenia Torres and an RBI triple for Ariana Hawkins.

Livermore 4, West 2

Sophomore Shelby Weeks had two base hits in a March 21 loss for the Wolf Pack (7-3) and senior Jalissa Sims hit an RBI double.

Livermore (4-1) rallied for four runs in the sixth inning for the win.

West’s Justina Farfan got the loss, as she pitched two innings in relief and gave up three hits and four runs.

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