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Ripon coasts by rivals while gearing up for big match with Hughson
Ripon defender Kelsey Meeuwse, left, and collides with Ripon Christian forward Kathryn Van Groningen while trying to clear the ball. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin
RIPON — Comfortably ahead in the second half, the Ripon High soccer team’s starters re-entered the game for the final 15-minute minute stretch of their Trans Valley League match at Ripon Christian Monday.

No, Coach Jose Bobadilla wasn’t trying to make a statement or run up the score. He made that clear after the 8-1 victory.
The point was for some of his top players to get their legs back after recuperating from a taxing preseason schedule. And with fellow TVL contender Hughson coming to town Wednesday, he figured those legs will soon be put to test.

The Indians (3-0, 10-0-1 overall), following three easy conference victories, expect to see the best from Hughson, which came into Monday’s games with a 4-1-2 record.

“The girls are all beat up still (from the preseason),” Bobadilla said. “We played eight games in 10 days in the preseason, so they’re still getting back on track.

“This was a good match for us to get ready for our toughest competition in league. It helped us see our bench.”

Wing forward Meredith Perkins finished with two goals and three assists. Her first goal broke the scoreless tie just four minutes into the game.

Her last two assists were pretty.

In the 65th minute, Perkins made run to the right corner and delivered a high-arching cross into the box. Kallie Jacobs streaked toward the opposite post and banged it in with her head to make it 6-1.

Ten minutes later, Perkins’ cornerkick from the left side was knocked in by Hilary Bennet on a low volley.

Jacobs and Renae McFadden each recorded two goals and an assist in limited time. Thalia Bobadilla also scored.

Kathryn Van Groningen booted in Ripon Christian’s only goal — a bomb from the left of the penalty box in the 48th minute. That was also the Knights’ only shot of the second half.

Ripon Christian (0-3, 5-4) was outshot 26-5.

“They’re improving, and they have a couple of strong players,” Coach Bobadilla said. “Not to take anything away from them, but our players just have much more experience. You have to give them credit, because they put up a fight.”

Ripon and Hughson will lock up at Park View Elementary Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., while Ripon Christian plays host to Riverbank.


Argonaut Tournament

In Jackson Saturday, Manteca (3-2) completed a successful tournament run with 5-2 and 2-0 wins over Placer and Golden Sierra, respectively.

Shortstop/pitcher Trina Solario was named to the all-tournament team. She was 6 for 12 with four runs and four RBIs and also threw two complete-game shutouts with 10 strikeouts from the circle.

Mariah Navarro gave up just three hits in the Buffaloes’ victory over Placer. The Buffaloes jumped ahead with four runs in the first, highlighted by Raylynn Saint’s three-run double. Saint ended up 2 for 3 with four RBIs.

The Buffaloes overcame 18 strikeouts at the plate behind Solario’s own masterpiece: A complete-game one-hitter. Chellsee Lee (2 for 3) drove in Solario for one run, and Solario again helped her own cause with a single that scored Kayla Campbell.

Manteca opens Valley Oak League play Wednesday at Ceres.



East Union 16, Lathrop 1

At East Union, Colby Seibel struck out seven and allowed three hits, two walks and an earned run to lead the Squires (1-0, 4-2) to a VOL-opening victory.

Brett Riley batted 2 for 3 with two runs; Jesus Ochoa registered three walks and three runs; Francisco Flores was 1 for 1 with three RBIs and three runs; and Steven Gigli plated two runs and drove in a pair on a double.

East Union hosts Manteca today at Agostini Field.


East Union 6, Lathrop 1

At East Union, Zac Carillo was untouchable from the mound, as he struck out 11 batters in five innings of work to lead the Pages (1-0, 3-1).

Brock Swift led the offense with a 3-for-3 effort, a double and three RBIs. Deston Swift drove in three runs and legged out a double, Alex Diaz doled out two hits and Joshua Bonds was 1 for 2 while stealing two bases. Christopher Herrera added an RBI double.


Yellowjacket Invitational

At Stevinson Ranch Golf Club, East Union finished 10th out of 20 teams with an overall score of 370. Galt won Hilmar’s tournament with a 334, while VOL rival Oakdale finished third with a 350.

Kyle Harman led East Union with a 15-over-par 87 for 18th place. Tanner Bragg carded a 93, Jordan Duval and Guillermo Barajas each with a 95.