The Millennium High softball team finally got into its season with a win in the Falcons’ first home game Friday, March 14, at the Tracy Learning Center.
The 5-1 win by Millennium (2-0) over the McNair High Eagles (0-3) of Stockton was the result of strong pitching by sophomore Amy Wise and some early hits by Millennium’s batters.
Coach Maegen Lunn said that the Falcons missed four games in the first couple of weeks of the season because of rain, but they now expect to get on track to defend their Central California Athletic Alliance and Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII titles.
“The hitting is coming along, and the defense, backing up the pitcher, is doing really well,” Lunn said. “Communication definitely is one thing we need to work on, whether it’s on the bench or on defense.”
Wise said that nearly all of the 2013 team, with the exception of two players who graduated, returned for this season.
“Our team already knew each other and we’re already comfortable with each other,” she said.
Junior Ashley Grajeda said that the new players fit in well and that more experience on the field will sharpen the team.
“We’ve got a lot of talented girls, and lot of new girls coming in. We’ve got a good future ahead of us,” she said.
Grajeda and senior Ericka Domiguez got the Falcons started in the first inning with back-to-back base hits, and senior Gabrielle Ramirez and sophomore Jayda Jenkins batted them in to put the Falcons up 2-0. Millennium scored another two runs in the second and one more in the sixth.
Grajeda went 3-for-4 and scored three runs, and Ramirez had three hits and batted in two runs.
Wise allowed six hits and one run and struck out eight batters for the win.
Kimball 9, Weston Ranch 3
A three-RBI triple to right field by Kimball High senior Llesenia Torres highlighted the Jaguars’ five-run fourth inning and led the way to victory in the first game of Valley Oak League play Friday at Weston Ranch High.
Kimball (2-2, 1-0 VOL) scored two more in the fourth when senior Taylor Honnoll hit a two-RBI single to left field, after a 15-pitch duel with the pitcher from Weston Ranch High (5-3, 0-1 VOL).
Torres went 4-for-5 and batted in six runs in all. Senior Angelique Vega had three hits and Honnoll and senior Danielle Lallos had two hits each. Sophomore pitcher Samantha Sarmiento went all seven innings and gave up eight hits and three runs, two of them earned, while striking out five batters.
East Union 10, Tracy 2
The Tracy High Bulldogs (2-2) were unable to hold back the batters from East Union High (7-0), who collected 12 base hits, including a home run, and took charge of their game with a five-run rally in the third inning Thursday in Manteca.
Tracy’s nine hits included two each by senior Ellie Fisher and junior Rebekah DelaRosa. Junior Felicia Suniga and freshman Mikayla Coelho each batted in a run.
Starting pitcher Coelho took the loss, and with five Tracy errors, five of East Union’s 10 runs were unearned.
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