Nothing is better for a team than controlling its own destiny.
Three times Oakdale came up with rally-killing double plays and held off host Sierra 8-3 to stay a game behind East Union in the Valley Oak League.
TRACY - After taking an early lead Friday, Weston Ranch committed five errors in the last two innings – including a throwing error that led to the walk-off run for Kimball in the bottom of the seventh – as the Jaguars came away with an 11-10 come-from-behind win in Valley Oak League baseball action played in blustery conditions on an arid field at Kimball High School.
Sometimes you win a game through offense and sometimes through defense.
One has to wonder what type of game Kindra Hackbarth would have had if she was healthy.
It pays to listen to your coach.
Lathrop's Keenan Donatelli pitched an outstanding game for six innings Wednesday against host East Union, but things fell apart in the seventh inning of the Valley Oak League contest at Agostini Field.
TRACY – Entering the game in the bottom of the last inning with the tying run at the plate, two runners on and no outs would be pressure-filled for the most seasoned of pitchers – just do not tell that to East Union sophomore Delaney Pamplin.
It is tough enough to beat the East Union soccer team without giving the Lancers a goal to start the game.
Haighley Kissee knows what it is like to be perfect.
LATHROP – Weston Ranch took advantage of four Lathrop errors and enjoyed a complete-game outing from sophomore pitcher Manuel Rubio to defeat the host Spartans 7-2 in Valley Oak League baseball action on Thursday.
Manteca opened the Nor-Cal Classic with an 8-1 win over Beyer-Modesto on Thursday before losing to Mariposa 4-3 at the Tracy Softball Complex.
Maliah Watson from East Union won the girls discus and finished second in the shot put Saturday in the Delta Mustang Invitational at the Merv Smith Track Complex on Stockton.
Greg Jones knocked in four runs Friday for Manteca and was a home run shy of the cycle as the Buffaloes tallied 11 hits in a 9-4 win over visiting Weston Ranch to wrap up a home-and-home sweep of the Cougars in Valley Oak League baseball action.
Sophomore Ilena Rivera is quickly turning into a human highlight reel for the East Union soccer team.
Pitcher Lucas Stackpole kept the Spreckels Park Little League minor-division Angels in check Tuesday and led the Astros to a 13-3 five-inning win in an elimination contest at Brock Elliott School.
The White Sox patiently put up six runs in the sixth inning Saturday against the Blue Jays and slammed the door shut in the bottom of the frame to pocket an 11-8 come-from-behind win in opening-round action of the Spreckels Park Little League major division playoffs.
ELK GROVE – Anthony Santiago had a personal best in the shot put Friday, is going to the state championships and he wants more.
I have postponed writing this column for about a week because there are those who will skew its intent as unpatriotic and ungrateful. Trust me, it is neither.
SACRAMENTO - After losing the winners-bracket semifinal, one the Lancers felt was taken from them, the East Union softball team left little doubt that it belonged in Wednesday's Sac-Joaquin Section championship round against Pioneer.
SACRAMENTO - After being dispatched to the consolation bracket of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball championships with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Pioneer on Tuesday, East Union bounced back and scored three runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap to pull away from Vanden 7-4 at the Sacramento Softball Complex.
STOCKTON – Sierra put up five runs in the second inning Saturday and rode the hot bat of Devi Coglio to a 9-2 win over Lindhurst of Olivehurst for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball championship in The Stadium at the Arnaiz Softball Complex. This is the third blue banner for Sierra in five seasons.
STOCKTON – The Ripon softball team did something Saturday nobody has done this year.
Fernando Segura struck out 11 through five strong innings for the Pirates on Saturday to lead the Pirates to the Northgate Junior championship with a 7-2 win over the Giants. Gary Alexander did a good job in relief of Segura.
SACRAMENTO - Down by three runs before even coming to bat Friday, the East Union softball team was unfazed.
No. 2 Sierra used a monstrous first inning to advance out of the elimination round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III baseball playoffs Thursday, defeating El Camino 12-2 in five innings at McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark in Sacramento.
STOCKTON - Jeremy Wager-Smith was just too much for Ripon Christian to handle on Thursday.
Natalia Duran got the last laugh Wednesday.
SACRAMENTO - Christian Brothers put up three runs in the third inning and coasted to a 5-1 win over Manteca in opening-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs Tuesday at the Sacramento Softball Complex, ending the season for the Buffaloes.
Kenny Wooten was not going to let a sore ankle slow him down.