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by Bob Brownne / Tracy Press
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West High’s Derek Oetken slides in safe at home as he beats the throw to the Acalanes High catcher during Wednesday’s game.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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The Tracy High baseball team took a 10-0 win over the Franklin Yellowjackets on Friday, the second win this week as the Bulldogs (7-2-1 overall, 2-1 San Joaquin Athletic Association) get back on track in their league season.

Junior pitcher James Fisher pitched six innings and made his work on the mound count against the Franklin (4-4, 1-2), as he threw 65 pitches, gave up three base hits, issued one walk and struck out four.

“He pitched to contact and had them put the ball in play, and we’re pretty good defensively, backing him up like that,” Tracy coach Vic Alkire said.

It was a new role for Fisher, who had pitched relief so far this season.

The Yellowjackets started with a base hit from leadoff batter Richie Rhoades, but Tracy put out nine batters in a row after that. The Yellowjackets got two more hits in the fourth inning, but never got past second base.

“I had a lot of good defense behind me,” Fisher said. “Jake Shull (at shortstop) made a lot of great plays. Everyone did.”

Fisher added that he was a little nervous at first, but after the first two innings went quickly, he settled into a rhythm.

“The first strikeout helped. Our catcher, Ricky Diaz, helped me out, keeping me in the game and keeping me focused.”

Tracy’s batters provided backup as well, with 12 base hits for the day.

Brandon Jossey doubled and singled and batted in two, Shull doubled and drove in a run, Tanner Turner and Jacob Valdez had two hits each, Dominic D’Souza doubled, Tyler Trew singled and drove in one, Robert Emerson singled, Kyle Perez singled and drove in a run, and Tyler Sanfilippo’s double to deep left field in the sixth inning drove in the two runs that ended the game on the 10-run rule.

West 11, Acalanes 6

West High’s varsity baseball team is on a roll in pre-league play, as the Wolf Pack took control at the plate Wednesday at home for an 11-6 win over the Acalanes Dons of Lafayette.

“We’re playing very good baseball right now,” West coach Stephen Theall said. “The guys are doing a good job just playing the game the right way and doing little things.”

The 10 base hits the Wolf Pack (7-3 overall) collected were put to good use, and West also took advantage of seven walks and three batters hit by pitches.

West loaded the bases in the bottom of the first before Taylor Kruger’s bash to the fence in right-center. Kruger was thrown out at third as he went for an extra base, but it put the Wolf Pack up 3-1.

West stayed in the lead for the rest of the game.

West exploited its base-running opportunities again in the second inning when Nate Trujillo was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch, stole third and then stole home as he slid under the tag at the plate on a pitch that went in the dirt and got about 6 feet away from the Dons’ catcher.

West’s bats made the difference again in the third inning, as Jonathan Townsend led off with a double down the left-field line, ran for third on Jordan Devencenzi’s infield grounder, and scored when the Dons’ pitcher tried to throw Townsend out at third but threw the ball into left field instead.

Devencenzi scored on Taylor Worley’s shot up the middle, and Trujillo scored again after he reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Jacob Lopez’s single down the left-field line.

“We had a great approach at the plate today,” Townsend said, adding that he had his teammates have learned to trust their abilities when at bat. “It was just a great team effort.”

Kruger added that the team has practiced how to best put the ball in play with runners on base, and how to relax when trying to hit the ball.

“I’m just focusing on staying calm up there,” he said. “I’m usually very aggressive and try to hammer the ball, but today I was just calm and trying to go the other way with it, and ball just fell.”

In the fifth inning, Worley got on base with a one-out single to left field, and West scored two when Lopez and Clyde Parilla hit back-to-back triples, both to deep center.

West scored two more in the sixth after Devencenzi was hit by a pitch, advanced on Kruger’s single, advanced on Trujillo’s infield grounder and stole home. Trujillo, on base through a fielders’ choice that had Kruger out at second, scored when Markell Ransome hit a shot between third and shortstop.

Jesse Hernandez pitched 3-1/3 innings for the win, allowing two hits and three runs, two of them earned. Eric Gleese pitched for 2-2/3 innings and allowed one hit and no runs. Lopez finished the game, allowing three hits and three runs in the sixth inning.

Elliot Christian 18, Millennium 8

A close game at Elliot Christian in Lodi on Friday went sour for the Falcons in the fourth inning. With the Falcons (2-3 overall, 0-2 Harvest Christian League) ahead 6-5 after the top of the fourth, the Eagles exploited a series of walks and started to hit the long ball to drive in 11 runs.

Falcons pitcher Jonny Rojas got the loss after he pitched four innings. Jose Avila pitched relief in the fourth, but the Eagles continued with their rally until Drew Carroll came in to finish the frame. Carroll pitched the fifth, until the Eagles got two runs to end the game on the 10-run rule.

“We had no trouble scoring runs and getting on base,” Falcons assistant coach Drew Reyes said, “but we couldn’t keep them from scoring.”

Jose Avila was the Falcons’ leading batter with three base hits, including a double, and Carroll scored three times and had two base hits, one a double.

The Falcons will host the Augie Vierra Memorial Tournament next week at the Tracy Learning Center baseball field. Six teams — including Millennium, Elliot Christian, Delta Charter, Tioga, Auburn Christian and Rio Vista — will participate in pool play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and go into a championship bracket for Thursday and Friday. There will be two games Monday afternoon and three games each day Tuesday through Friday.

Freshmen: St. Mary’s 13, Kimball 1

Kimball High’s freshmen (0-5) hosted the St. Mary’s Rams at the Tracy Ball Park on Thursday, but mistakes in the outfield allowed the Rams to run up the score and finish the game after six innings on the 10-run rule.

Kimball’s only run came when Issa Yusef singled to bring in Daniel Miller in the fourth inning. Ismael Guiterrez, Corbin Lis, Miller and Kyle Parjarillo also singled, and Zack Perugi tripled but was stranded.

Jason Riley pitched 1-1/3 innings and allowed three hits and five runs to get tagged with the loss. Jeremy Vaughn pitched 4-1/3 innings and gave up eight runs and 10 hits, and Corbin Lis pitched for one out.

Freshmen: Tracy 6, Tokay 2

Nine hits for Tracy brought the Bulldogs (7-3) a win at home Thursday against the Tokay Tigers.

Tracy scored one in the first after Joe Saenz doubled and Jonah Wesely drove him in. Wesely and Jacob Guevara both batted in runs in the third inning, and Nate Scanlon reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a passed ball. Guevara drove in another in the fifth, and Miranda scored again in the sixth when, with the bases loaded, Scanlon reached on a fielder’s choice.

Alex Barba pitched four innings for the win and allowed two hits and two runs, and Guevara pitched three innings and allowed four hits and no runs.

Tracy 14, Bear Creek 3

Tracy High’s varsity baseball team went to Stockton on Wednesday for the second game of SJAA play.

The Bulldogs wasted no time launching a 10-run first inning, with all three leadoff batters reaching base in front of Ricky Diaz, who hit a bases-loaded double to get the game started. Diaz had five RBIs and two doubles on the day.

In the Bulldogs’ four-run second inning, Jacob Valdez hit his own bases-loaded double — he had four RBIs for the day.

Tracy had 11 base hits in all. Jake Shull had two hits and two RBIs, and Dominic D’Souza had two hits and drove in one run.

Joshua Wesely pitched all five innings for the green and gold. He gave up four hits, no walks, and struck out one batter.

“He made them put the ball in play, and we didn’t make any errors,” coach Alkire said.

Sophomores: Tracy 12, Bear Creek 2

Pitchers Kyle Scornaienchi and Shane Fansler kept the Bear Creek Bruins off balance Wednesday, giving up just two runs to put the Bulldogs at 9-0, 2-0 in the SJAA. Scornaienchi allowed six hits and one run over 4-1/3 innings, striking out four batters. Fansler allowed one run on four hits over 2-2/3 innings.

The Bulldogs capitalized on seven Bear Creek errors and collected 12 base hits. Kenny Bergman and Matt Loscavio had three hits each, including a double for Bergman and a triple for Loscavio.

Sophomores: Kimball 11, Liberty Ranch 1

The Jaguars traveled to Liberty Ranch High in Galt on Wednesday, where they got off to a slow start. But after taking a 4-1 lead after five innings, the Jaguars rallied for three runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh for the 11-1 win.

Cody Wagner got the win for Kimball, pitching seven innings as he allowed two hits, struck out 10 batters and allowed one run.

Blake Cichella led the Jaguars on offense with three base hits; Zach Asbhire tripled; and Ricardo Arias, Logan Finley and Miguel Orozco all doubled.

Cody Arlidge, Zach Abshire, Kristopher Bartlett and Blake Cichella, each drove in two runs.

Sophomores: Acalanes 7, West 2

The Dons jumped out ahead of West early with a string of base hits, leading off the first inning with a four-run advantage.

Acalanes scored two more in the second inning on a series of hits and one more in the fourth before West (3-4) could get its offense started.

West batters struck out nine times and had seven base hits, but they couldn’t make those hits count until the fifth inning, when Jake Nelson, Damien Stout and Jalen Ransome singled, with Nelson and Stout both coming around to score. Steven Gonzalves led at the plate with two base hits, including a double.

Freshmen: St. Mary’s 7, Kimball 6

Kimball’s freshmen were put to the test Monday at St. Mary’s in Stockton after the Rams had a 4-0 lead at the end of two innings. Kimball got back into the game with two runs in the third when Ismael Guiterrez hit an RBI triple to score Issa Yusuf and Guiterrez scored on a passed ball.

The Rams had a 7-2 lead after four, and in the fifth Jason Riley hit a two-run single for the Jaguars to score Yusuf and Guiterrez. Riley then scored on Kyle Parjarillo’s single.

St. Mary’s still had a 6-5 lead going into the seventh when, with two out and two strikes, Corbin Lis stole home to score the tying run.

The Rams came up with the winning run, however, with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Riley led at the plate for the Jaguars with two base hits. Zack Perugi pitched four innings, allowing eight hits and six runs, while Jeremy Vaughn took the loss despite allowing only one run — he took over on the mound for the last three innings, giving up three hits and one run.

Freshmen: Tracy 5, Tokay 4

Tracy (6-3) needed some clutch hits in the seventh inning to win Monday’s game at Tokay High in Lodi.

David Miranda got one of them when, with the score tied 4-4, he singled to lead off the inning and advanced on Austin Riches’ sacrifice bunt. The Bulldogs loaded the bases after Jonah Wesely drew an intentional walk and Joe Saenz got a base hit. Justin Minnix followed with a drive to center field, which was dropped by the Tokay outfielder, giving Tracy the go-ahead run.

Tracy collected nine hits for the day, including doubles from Alec Barba, Miranda, Nate Scanlon and Wesely.

John Jaeger started on the mound for Tracy, pitching 2-2/3 innings, striking out seven batters and allowing just one hit — but he also walked six batters and allowed four runs. Scanlon came in to pitch in the third inning, and he shut down the Tigers with 11 strikeouts and no hits over 4-1/3 innings.

Sophomores: Franklin 14, Kimball 1

Kimball High’s sophomores went to Elk Grove on Saturday, where they were subjected to a pounding by Franklin’s bats.

Franklin collected 10 base hits, exploited four Jaguars errors and scored 14 runs over five innings. Kimball’s only run came in the first inning, when Zach Abshire executed a suicide squeeze to score Ricardo Arias, who got the only base hit for Kimball.

Cody Wagner pitched 2-1/3 innings for Kimball and allowed eight hits and eight runs in the loss. Nathan Van Katwyk pitched 2-2/3 innings and allowed two hits and six runs.

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