DENAIR — Elizabeth Thomas continued to swing the hot bat for Ripon Christian’s softball team on Tuesday, one day after collecting her 100th career hit.
The junior catcher clobbered three home runs, a double and drove in 10 runs to help power the Knights to a 23-4 five-inning win over Denair. Thomas finished 4 for 5 and plated five runs in the one-sided Southern Athletic League affair.
Madison DeGraaf belted a triple and a homer, going 3 for 4 with four runs and four RBIs. Ariel Vander Woude was 3 for 5 with a double, homer, three RBIs and three runs scored. Sarah Brown (three runs, RBI) also went 3 for 5, and Mikaela Vander Molen hit 2 for 4. Ripon Christian (8-1 SAL, 12-3 overall) amassed 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning and totaled 17 hits.
DeGraaf was the winning pitcher after throwing the final three innings in relief. She racked up six strikeouts and gave up a run on two hits and no walks. Brown pitched the first two innings.
Ripon Christian next hosts first-place Waterford on Thursday.
Ripon Christian 3, Manteca 1
RIPON — The host Knights (13-2) rolled to a 25-11, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 non-league victory.
Manteca (6-6) was led by Rovick Hombrebueno’s 16 assists, Oscar Anaya’s six kills and Zach Huffstutler’s four kills and three blocks.
Manteca 3, Sierra 1
The Buffaloes evened their Valley Oak League record to 2-2 on Monday with a hard-earned 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 25-17 victory.
Alejandro Tornero spearheaded the attack with 14 kills. Steven Aguilar paced the defense with 19 digs, and Hombrebueno tallied 24 assists.
Atwater 13, East Union 1
The visiting Falcons (13-3) busted it open with a seven-run third inning at Agostini Field.
Gary Orr plated the lone run for East Union (9-7) and finished 2 for 2. Sammy Nieves contributed a hit. The non-league series shifts to Atwater on Thursday.
Ripon 195, Riverbank DQ
RIPON — Rigo Rocha of Riverbank matched Nico Ilardi’s 5-over 36 to share medalist honors at Jack Tone Golf Course.
Ilardi had the stronger supporting cast, however. Jacob Baird contributed a 38 for the Indians, who are now 8-2 in the Trans-Valley League. Cade McCusker and Kenny Johnson each carded a 39. Aidan Nilsson finished with a 44.
Ripon Christian 186, Mariposa 220
RIPON — The blustery conditions were not enough to knock Ripon Christian (8-0) off course in its quest for a second straight SAL championship.
Camdan Indelicato still managed a solid 2-over 33. Danton Indelicato contributed a 35, Darin Doek a 36, Dylan Koolhaus a 39 and Alec Berghorst a 43. Seth Kelsey registered a 39 for Mariposa, which has given the Knights their stiffest competition so far.
East Union 13, Atwater 1
Austin Orr highlighted East Union’s 11-hit outing with a homerun and three RBIs.
Benjamin Slaughter racked up five RBIs, finishin 2 for 3. Willie Segura belted a pair of doubles and scored twice. Mateo Guevara had a double and a triple while driving in four. Jordan Barnes also had two hits, one of which went for a double. He also plated three runs and pitched a six-inning one-hitter with four strikeouts and only one walk.
East Union 3, Oakdale 2
Emma Silva twirled a two-hitter for East Union (5-0 VOL, 15-2 overall) while ringing up 11 strikeouts.
Heighlee Mosher and Andrea Smith each drove in a run. Danielle James also came through with some timely hitting, and Kaitlyn Reyes contributed from the base paths.