By DAVE CAMPBELL
Host Sierra won its second Valley Oak League boys track title in a row Thursday with a 107-14 win over Weston Ranch at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
“We had a pretty good year,” Timberwolves coach Ezequiel Ruiz said. “I am excited to see what our kids do next week at the VOL championships and the rest of the post season.”
The Sierra boys (5-0-1 VOL) boasted four double winners: Cole DeVore (110-meter hurdles, 300 hurdles); Jerardo Salcedo (400, 800); Holden Fishburn (shot, discus) and Kendrick Currey (high jump, triple jump).
Miranda Miller won long jump, triple jump, pole vault to lead the Timberwolves girls (5-1) to a 111-1 win. Jeida Lavender won the 400 and 200, Katelyn Finnicum won 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles and Megan Oblin won the 800 and 1600.
The Sierra junior varsity boys won 76-20 with Larry Azevedo winning the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Aydan Horn taking the shot and discus and Cooper Ruiz the 1600 and 3200.
Keilana Babauta won (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Amelia Tapua (shot, discus) and Jess Perea (long jump, triple jump) were two-event winners for the Timberwolves junior varsity girls in a 46-23 win.
Ripon 6, Golden Valley 1
ATWATER – Ripon closed out the Fran Oneto/Atwater-Winton Lions Easter Tournament with a 6-1 win over Golden Valley of Merced, giving the Indians a 2-2 record for the tourney and two players on the all-tournament team.
All-tournament selection Jerry Nix who went 8-11 in the four games was 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Joining Nix in making all tourney was Brandon Molthen who was 3 for 4 and along with John Eicher held the Cougars (7-15) to three hits.
Eicher threw the first four innings and Molthen the last three.
Ripon improves to 11-8 and Indians coach Jacob Rodriguez is looking forward to get back to league play.
“It was good to end the tourney with a win,” Rodriguez said. “And I am excited to get back into league on Tuesday.”
Nor-Cal Classic Softball Tournament
Ripon 10, Calaveras 9 (8)
TRACY – It took extra innings to get it done Thursday, but Ripon coach Robert Vernon got a two-fer with the Indians thrilling extra-inning win over Calaveras of San Andreas at the Tracy Softball Complex: Ripon remained undefeated in 18 games and Vernon picked up his 200th career win.
“We racked up 17 hits against the Division IV runner up last year,” Vernon said. “We faced a quality team and we kept battling, chipping away.
“These girls never give up.”
Caitlynn Campbell had a two-RBI double as part of a three-run seventh to force extra innings. In the eighth inning with McKenna Daley starting on second with the International Tie-breaker in effect, Lilly Mejia (2 for 5, RBI, triple) ripped a triple down the right-field line to plate Daley. Avery Thomason (3 for 4, RBI, double) singled in Mejia and Calaveras managed just one run in the bottom of the inning.
Rhylee Magazinovic was 4 for 5 with a double and stolen base and Bianca Toledo was 2 for 4.
The Indians face powerhouse Oakdale on Saturday morning at 9 in a semifinal contest.
Ripon 9, Los Banos 4
Daley was 3 for 4 with an RBI to lead the Indians to an opening-round win.
Mejia (two RBI), Sydney Vernon (two RBI) and Magazinovic were all 1 for 2. Myra Toledo added an RBI.
Waterford 3, Manteca 1
The Buffaloes (9-10) could manage just four hits off the Wildcats (15-3) in the nightcap.
Kaylee MacDannald reached on a bunt in the fourth inning for Manteca, stole second, took third on Ariana Lowery’s single and came home on a passed ball for the lone Buffaloes run.
Gregori 8, Manteca 0
The Jaguars (12-10) limited the Buffaloes to just two hits in their opening game.
Kaileah Johannsen and Mohrgen Kissee each got a hit for Manteca and Kissee stole a base.
Le Grand 5, Lathrop 3
The Spartans got two across in the seventh but that was not enough to close the game against the Bulldogs (12-12).
Hailey Hunter reached on an error to start the Lathrop seventh followed with back-to-back singles from Jailyn Annese and Karina Lopez to load the bases with no out.
Cienna Duenez was hit by a pitch to drive in Hunter and Isabel Terra plated Annese on a sacrifice fly.
Buhach Colony 12, Lathrop 1
The Thunder (11-8) used a six-run third inning to help end the game in the fourth via the mercy rule to start the tournament.
Christina Chavez walked for the Spartans in the third and advanced to second on a single by Lopez. Chavez took third on a wild pitch and scooted home on a passed ball for the lone Lathrop run.