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Hukkanen, ’Skins beat Bears

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Calaveras Redskin hurler Marissa Hukkanen (4) rocks and fires on Thursday against the Summerville Bears in Tuolumne. Hukkanen struck out a season-high 14 batters in the Redskins’ victory.
Despite advancing to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V Championship game last season, the Calaveras Redskins softball team didn’t accomplish one of the team’s key goals: Win a Mother Lode League title.

But with a decisive 6-0 victory over the Summerville Bears on Thursday in Tuolumne, Calaveras, with a perfect 4-0 league record, is an early contender for its first MLL crown since 2013.

“Our goal is to compete all the time,” Redskins coach Mike Koepp said. “Compete for a league title. Compete for the section title. That’s what we talk about with our girls, and we feel like we have a team year in and year out to do so.”

Preps Roundup: Tyler’s single leads S’ville over Calaveras

When the pressure was on, Bradley Tyler delivered.

With two outs and Darren Warnock on third base, Tyler smacked a walkoff single up the middle and the Summerville Bears came from behind to defeat the Calaveras Redskins 13-12 on Thursday in Tuolumne.

“Each player did their part,” said Summerville coach Larry Gold. “I can’t stress enough how every player, every at bat and every throw, you have to make something happen. The team bought into that. We could have been down and out, but we stayed positive and good things happened.”

’Cats tops Amador, Argo in 3-way meet

The Sonora Wildcats boys’ and girls’ swim teams swept Amador and Argonaut on Wednesday in a Mother Lode League three-way home meet.

The Sonora boys, who won every contest except the 200 freestyle, dominated Amador 123-27 and routed Argonaut 123-15. The girls bested Amador 95-62 and defeated Argonaut 109-57.

Trevor Mills posted a strong day for the boys with wins in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 butterfly. Coulter Bassi won the 100 free and got second in the 200 IM. 

“Coulter has been working very hard in practice,” said Sonora head coach John-Jay Verhuel. “I can’t wait to see how fast he goes in the rest of our meets. He is really motivated this season. It’s great.”

Jumper duo to play in Vegas

Former Columbia College Claim Jumpers basketball standouts Rosendo AmayaWood and Ian Merzwinski have been invited to play in The Las Vegas Shootout on Saturday, April 11, hosted by the scouting service Mullen Sports.

The hoops showcase, an NCAA certified event, is invite only and gives unsigned junior college sophomores an opportunity to play in front of possible coaches from four-year programs.

“It’s a really big event,” Columbia coach Rob Hoyt said. “It’s a Jerry Mullen event. Any event with his name attached to it is a really big deal.”

Bears break through against Wildcats

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville’s Mali PetersonWood (13, above) and Sonora’s Brooke Canepa struggle for possession on Tuesday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne. Sonora’s Kennedy Bruce (6, below) dribbles upfield with Summerville’s Min Kerr-Shifrin chasing.
Teska Hapig-Ward scored the Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team’s opening goal from a tough angle.

Darian Skellenger sent a soft pass into the left flank towards Hapig-Ward, who took a few touches inside the 18-yard box and ripped a shot towards goal with her left foot.

Her curled strike beat what little space was left between the near post and Sonora High goalkeeper Claire McDonald, and found the back of the net in the 42nd minute to help propel the Bears to a 2-0 Mother Lode League win over the Wildcats on Tuesday at Thorsted Field in Tuolumne.

“I was trying to shoot it in between the goalie’s hand and her waist because that’s where they have a weak spot,” Hapig-Ward said. “So I just tried to shoot it right there. I was aiming there and it just went in.”

Skins’ Bailey tosses no-no

Dustin Bailey hurled a no-hitter and the Calaveras Redskins scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Amador Buffaloes 1-0 at San Andreas.

Bailey struck out eight and walked four in his first complete game of the season. It was his third win in four decisions. The junior owns a 3.21 earned run average in 24 innings pitched.

“Bailey showed a glimpse of what was to come last Friday in a relief appearance against Sonora (3 ip, 2 h, 3 k),” said Redskins head coach Thomas DeLappe. “He came out on fire today, setting down the first batter of the game on three pitches.”

Preps Roundup: Cats rally in 7th to top Argo

Eric Gilliatt smacked a two-run triple and Johnathan Gillespie put down a perfect squeeze bunt that went for a single on Tuesday in the seventh inning to lift the Sonora Wildcats over the Argonaut Mustangs 8-4 in Jackson.

The Wildcats trailed 4-2 entering the final inning but put up six runs on four hits and three walks.

Bradley Canepa singled to lead off the seventh. Joe Montelongo followed with a single and both came home on Gilliatt’s triple to tie the game.

With one out, Nate Gookin walked. Gillespie laid down his bunt single to plate Gilliatt with the go-ahead run and Garrett Bozzo added a two-run single to cap the rally.

“Down 4-2 heading into the final inning, those kids could have quit,” said Wildcat head coach Scott Johnson. “They hadn’t been playing well, but they came back.”

3 Wildcat tracksters qualify for Palo Alto

Three Sonora Wildcat track and field athletes have qualified for the prestigious Stanford Invitational.

Angela Gardella, Cassi Land and Bryce Sanguinetti hit qualifying marks on Saturday at the Dublin Distance Fiesta and Jaguar Invitational and will move on to the April 3-4 meet in Palo Alto.

“I’ll be able to compete with the best in the state to see where I am compared to them,” said Gardella, who has verbally committed to Washington State. “To be able to go to Stanford is pretty prestigious. Just to be able to get on a bigger stage than the MLL (Mother Lode League) or the VOL (Valley Oak League) is pretty cool.”

CYSSA season kicked off Saturday at MLGC


For The Union Democrat

The 2015 California Youth Shooting Sports Association season kicked off Saturday at the Mother Lode Gun Club in Jamestown. 

The event drew over 100 competitors ranging from children ages 9-18, including shooters from Sonora and Summerville high schools, as well as the Mother Lode Gun Club’s own youth team. 

In the Rookie division, the MLGC Nuggets swept the top three spots. 

Tyler Keith shot a 67 out of 100 to take third, with Cooper Hildebrand just ahead of him with a 71. Dean Taylor took the top spot, shooting an even 80.


Kish records seven strikeouts in Sonora’s 6-2 win

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora Widcat senior Joseph Kish (above) made his first apperance of the season in the team’s 6-2 win over Calaveras on Friday in San Andreas.
It was a big weekend for the Sonora Wildcats baseball team.

Sonora picked up two victories, a 6-2 Mother Lode League win over Calaveras on Friday in San Andreas and a 18-4 road rout of Hilmar on Saturday. In all, the Wildcats won all three of their games last week, which also included a 6-0 home shutout of the Amador Buffaloes last Wednesday.

“I thought we played well against Calaveras at times,” Sonora coach Scott Johnson said. “They were a tough team and we took advantage of a couple of their mistakes. Their starter (Travis Moore) was real strong. I was happy to get out of there with a win.

“We have a team that really is truly a team. They play together and they support each other. We’re looking for big things this year.”

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