Varsity takes third, sophs finish first
by Bob Brownne / TP staff
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West High's Elida Rubio connects for a base hit in the second inning of West's win over McNair Wednesday.  Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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West High’s softball team finished its season in third place after an 11-1 loss at home to the Tokay Tigers, who at 9-1 in the Tri-City Athletic League will share the league title with St. Mary’s.

The West girls end their season at 18-11 overall, 5-5 in TCAL.

West coach Steve Anastasio said that with the exception of starting pitcher Brittaney Enterline, the only senior on the team this year, he hopes to have the entire team back for 2010, plus some players from the first-place sophomore team.

On Friday, West had several opportunities to score, including a couple of innings where bases were left loaded. Among the five base hits for West was Analisa Green’s double in the sixth inning.

West scored in the third when Elida Rubio got a base hit, stole second and reached third on a passed ball. She came in on Andi Anderson’s single.

Sophomores: West 6, Tokay 5

West finished its league season in first place with a 24-2 overall record after a win against second-place Tokay at West on Friday.

“Our goal was to finish undefeated, but to come close is pretty good,” coach Martin Miller said.

One of his team’s losses was the championship game in the bronze bracket of the Nor Cal Classic tournament April 18, and the other was to Tracy’s sophomores March 26.

“These girls bounce back and believe they’re going to win even if they have to come from behind.”

Tokay took a 2-0 lead at the start, but in the third inning West came back with a four-run inning. Tokay scored another in the fifth and took a 5-4 lead in the seventhbefore West came back to send the game into extra innings. Montana Bradley scored the tying run after she walked, stole second and scored when a throw to second went into center field.

In the bottom of the eighth, Miranda Gannon walked, stole second and reached third on a passed ball. She scored when Jill Anastasio hit a two-hop grounder to second and Gannon outran the throw to home plate.

Anastasio had three base hits in all, Julia Ramirez a triple and a single, and Alexis Phillips had two hits and made two plays in the field to keep Tokay from scoring. Lauren Trejo also had a key double in the third to get West’s rally going.

West 15, McNair 2

Wednesday’s win over McNair was a chance for coach Anastasio to put in his entire lineup. West sent out four pitchers —Anderson, Enterline, Ashley Cox and Allison Noble — who gave up a total of three hits and struck out six batters over five innings.

Anastasio said that in lopsided matches he tries to get in all of his players and makes sure they do their jobs just like the starters.

“I just felt like today we were able to execute, where in other games we haven’t been able to,” he said. “That’s a big difference we’ve been working on.”

“Even when we could have gone up and swung the bat, we were still working on moving and advancing runners. We know that that’s what we’ve got to do to move to the next level.”

Jamie Costa drove in two runs for West in the first inning. Elida Rubio and Jessica Anastasio each batted in runs in the second. Sam Sorce, Jessica Anastasio, Costa, Enterline, Megan Anastasio, Brianna May and Danielle Edwards all contributed hits to a seven-run rally in the third inning. West rallied again for four runs in the fourth on a base hit from Analisa Green, a two-run double from Tracy Wentz and a two-run single from Cox.

Sophomores: West 11, McNair 0

Jill Anastasio pitched three innings with no hits and Shannon Walker gave up two hits on Wednesday at West.

West’s six-run rally in the second included three hits, including singles from Ramirez, Bradley and Gannon. In all, West had six hits for the day, including two more for Gannon and another for Bradley. West also drew 10 walks, and seven batters were hit by pitches.

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