Sometimes all it takes in baseball to change the course of the game is a single swing of the bat.
WESTON RANCH – When the Weston Ranch Cougars opened their half of the seventh inning grabbing a Valley Oak League win seemed slim, but a ferocious last-inning comeback pushed Weston Ranch to a 6-5 come-from-behind win Friday.
RIPON - The next time Ripon High's soccer team meets Escalon and Hughson, it should have its fourth straight Trans Valley League championship already clinched.
The Manteca Buffaloes answered the first bell when they snatched the lead with a two-run third inning, but a pair of two-out RBI Ceres hits in the fifth provided the difference in a 5-2 Bulldog Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Friday at Manteca High.
STOCKTON – Tyler Scharnow's lights-out performance from the mound helped Weston Ranch shut down the Lathrop offense and cruise to a 14-2 five-inning victory Friday in a Valley Oak League makeup game.
FAIR OAKS - It was the distance runner's time to shine Friday for Sierra High's track and field team.
CERES – Sierra High scored three runs in the top half of the seventh and held Ceres High scoreless in its final at bat for a come-from-behind 7-6 win Friday in Valley Oak League action.
Sierra High shored up city bragging rights by beating rival host East Union 4-2 at Dino Cunial Field Thursday, but the third horse in town, Manteca, still has the upper hand in the Valley Oak League title race.
CERES – The Manteca Buffaloes made sure not to allow their recent Valley Oak League defeat to have any lingering effect, blowing past the Central Valley Hawks, 6-1, for their third consecutive win since a 3-0 loss to Sierra High April 15.
Andrew Bonner continued to lead by example, turning in a 3-under-par round of 34 to earn medalist honors in Ripon High's 200-226 victory over Manteca High Thursday in non-league action at Manteca Golf Course.
SONORA - The recent rain kept Manteca High's tennis team off the court for a couple days, and the Buffaloes had to play through a little drizzle in Thursday's match against defending Valley Oak League champion.
OAKDALE – Weston Ranch didn't get any favors from the weather when a rainout turned a home game against the defending Valley Oak League champions into a double-header at their yard, ending with the Cougars dealing with a pair of shutout defeats.
The weather conditions were far from ideal for golf.
The Madness in the Mother Lode All-Star Extravaganza will kick off Saturday evening and Sierra High boys basketball head coach Scott Thomason is set to lead one of the large schools all-star teams and seven Valley Oak League standouts.
With only one dual-meet remaining in the Valley Oak League season, the Sierra Timberwolves have handled business in every facet of the program, setting up a winner-take-all finale with the Oakdale Mustangs after a thorough demolishing of an undermanned Lathrop High squad.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
There are some new volleyball coaches west of I-5 this year. Stacia Stricker will assume the reins at Weston Ranch and Pamela Adams is the new coach at Lathrop.
Alyssa Burch, Beth Aschenbrenner, Mildred Perez and Chelsea Bruch were all freshmen during the 2011-2012 volleyball season.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.
The fall sports season is officially underway for local high schools.
Some youth football teams pattern themselves after the high school they feed. The Ripon Chiefs take that to a whole new level – they are part of a league of feeder teams that will face each other in high school.
Dakota Conners was in Cooperstown, N.Y. serving as an assistant coach for a local youth baseball team competing in a prestigious tournament when he earned his greatest achievement.
Neil MacDannald's coaching resume just got a little longer.
Swimming standout Ty Wells has added four more medals to his growing collection.
It won't take long for Ripon to see what it's made of.
The Manteca High football team has already made headlines this offseason for its inclusion in the Levi's Stadium Friday Night Lights doubleheader on Aug. 29.
MODESTO - The Mountain Misery Summer Football Camp took place on flatter land and in cooler weather July 17-19 at Central Catholic.
Well, football is next – finally.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he has signed a bill limiting full-contact football practices at middle and high schools in response to concerns about concussions, even as many teams already comply with the rules.