RIPON — Ripon is a win away from guaranteeing at least a share of its first Trans-Valley League championship since 2001.
The Indians will look to do so at Riverbank after blasting the Bruins 14-0 behind Jack Mayer’s five-inning no-hitter. The series finale is on Thursday, with Ripon (9-0 TVL, 19-3 overall) holding a two-game lead over Escalon with three to go. The regular season ends with a two-game set with last-place Mountain House.
Mayer faced three over the minimum 15 batters, walking two and hitting one to go with five strikeouts. He also scored two runs on offense.
Ripon gave its pitching ace all the support he needed with a three-run rally in the first. Seniors Nick Price, Sammy Souza and Angelo Baciocco continued their season-long tear, as each went 3 for 4 to combine for nine of the Indians’ 14 hits. Price drove in three runs, giving him 30 RBIs on the season. Baciocco, the reigning TVL Offensive Player of the Year, added two RBIs and two doubles. Price and Baciocco also plated three runs apiece.
Sierra 4, Oakdale 3
On Monday, the Timberwolves battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the seventh for the victory.
J.T. Ortiz-Martinez led the charge with two doubles and two RBIs. Brandon Reis went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and pitcher Caden Worth struck out six while scattering just two hits.