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Downs, Caratachea named All-TVL MVPs
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Dawson Downs delivers the pitch in Ripon’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV opener with visiting Sonora. Photo by GARY JENSEN/

The Trans-Valley League’s Most Valuable Players for baseball and softball are two-way standouts from Ripon.

Infielder/pitcher Dawson Downs and pitcher Kharime Caratachea earned the top honors after leading their teams to outright championships. Both are juniors who also received major awards last season.

The baseball team went 11-1 in league and 18-12 overall and lost 2-1 to Casa Roble in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs.

The Outstanding Offensive Player last season, Downs raked for a 0.537 batting average in the 12 league games, racking up 22 hits, 20 runs, 10 RBIs, seven doubles, three triples and a homer. He also boasted a 0.90 ERA with a 4-1 record, 29 strikeouts and four walks in 31 innings pitched.

In the Indians’ TVL-opening series sweep of rival Escalon, Downs went 6 for 9 at the plate with five runs, two RBIs and three doubles and a triple. In the two-game set with Riverbank, he was 4 for 7 with five runs and two RBIs and even pitched a six-inning no-hitter that included seven strikeouts.

Caratachea was named TVL Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore. She anchored the Indians (9-1 TVL, 14-5 overall) once again,

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Ripon’s Kharime Caratachea winds up to pitch against West Park in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff game. Photo by GARY JENSEN/
pitching 68 of 69 innings in league for a 1.54 ERA and 103 strikeouts against 19 walks and 50 hits allowed.

She was at her best in the back half of league play, twirling back-to-back one-hitters in wins over Livingston and Hilmar.

Offensively, the William Penn University commit hit 0.464, which was the highest batting average on the team among players with at least 30 plate appearances in league.

The Indians advanced to the SJS Division IV semifinals for the second straight year, falling to eventual champ Capital Christian, 5-2.

Here’s a closer look at the rest of the All-TVL selections for spring sports:



Two other Indians received major awards. Junior Isaac Sandoval is the Offensive Player of the Year, while senior Jojo Brizuela shares Pitcher of the Year with Kaleb Wilson of Hughson. Hughson shortstop Paul Wagner got Defensive Player of the Year.

Ripon’s Bobby Swedberg is Coach of the Year.

Sandoval hit. 500 in league with team-highs in steals (15) and RBIs (18). He also racked up four doubles, 18 hits and 14 runs.

Brizuela sported a 5-0 league record with a 0.72 ERA, 35 strikeouts, 17 hits allowed and 11 walks in 29 innings.

Sophomore catcher Landon Kackley, junior corner infielder Owen Wilbur (.282, four HRs, 15 RBIs) and senior outfielder Caydon Rainer (.360) were selected to the all-league team. Senior outfielder David Madera got honorable mention.



Ripon’s Tanner Jordan was named Coach of the Year. Other major awards went to Riverbank’s Janeiya Lopez (Pitcher of the Year), Escalon’s Macie Vickers (Offensive Player of Year) and Riverbank’s Denise Vargas (Defensive Player of the Year).

Sophomore slugger Alana Hernandez is one of five Ripon players to make all-league. The catcher hit 0.536 with three home runs in seven league games. Joining her on the list are William Penn Uniersity-bound outfielder Peyton Naranjo (.424, three HRs, 17 RBIs), sophomore Chloe Lautenslager (.360), freshman Addison Naranjo (.417, 11 steals, 13 runs) and freshman corner infielder Izabelle Spurzen (.323, three HRs). Jaycee Wilmshurst received honorable mention.


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Hunter Adams makes the pass as libero Marquell Marshall looks on in Ripon’s Trans-Valley League match with Hilmar.
The Indians (4-2 TVL, 15-9 overall) were the runners-up for the second consecutive year and were awarded four all-league spots.

First-place Livingston has the Most Outstanding Player in Jaskaran Dahdda and Coach of the Year in Mike Alvarnez.

Senior Hunter Adams leads Ripon on the All-TVL team. The 6-foot-5 front-row standout is committed to Menlo College. He is joined by three juniors in setter Anthony Gomez, libero Marquell Marshall and outside hitter Johnny Rey.

Senior front-row players Jalen Wilson and Nathan Mosher earned honorable mention.