Postgame Thursday night at Bev Barron Field, the Sonora Wildcat baseball players were heart broken. It was almost 10 p.m. and they had just battled Valley Oak League rival Manteca for almost four hours and 10 innings, and came out on the losing end of an 8-7 score.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Sonora Wildcat Tyler Helm (22, above) tags out Manteca’s Brandon Landwehr at second base in Thursday’s 8-7 loss at Bev Barron Field.
“We played hard, but it was a tough loss, a heartbreaker,” said Wildcat shortstop and relief pitcher Tyler Helm. “But we fought the whole time.”
But compared to where the Wildcats were after five and a half innings, they’ll take the heartbreaker.
Down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Sonora was on life support. Not one Wildcat in the home dugout expected a comeback.
Manteca’s Jacob Corn was on autopilot. The Buffaloes’ left-handed star senior had allowed just one hit while striking out eight.
“Honestly, we were pretty down in there after falling behind 6-0,” said Sonora catcher Carter Denton about the team in the dugout after allowing three unearned runs in the top of the sixth.
The Calaveras Redskins girls’ soccer team fell to Amador 2-0 in a Mother Lode League match on Tuesday at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Calaveras defender Marissah Lawrie (20, at left) gets ready to power the ball in the Redskins 2-0 loss to Amador on Tuesday at Frank Meyer Field in San Andreas.
Amador got on the scoreboard in the opening 40 minutes and added another strike in the second half.
“A lot of teams have great defenses this season,” said Calaveras head coach Rob Leetham. “Our offense is not clicking so far. We’re just not finishing shots. We had several chances in the second half and just can’t quite finish. That’s been a problem for us all season. Amador is a great team. They have a great defense. They got us tonight.”
By AMBER PAPPé
For The Union Democrat
Just three months ago, as he ushered in the new year with a big win over Mike Easton in Atlanta, UFC bantamweight TJ Dillashaw reflected, “2014 brings both long term and short term goals, but I can’t look too forward: I have to focus on each fight and let it keep me in the moment.”
It didn’t take long for the 28-year-old Angels Camp native to make that long-term goal a reality.
A big moment has arrived.
The Team Alpha Male fighter will face bantamweight champion Renan Barao in a five-round title fight at UFC 173, May 24 in Las Vegas.
“This happened faster than I expected, but it’s worked out perfectly,” Dillashaw said Monday by phone. “I’m on the fast track to where I want to be.”
The Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team scored two second-half goals to defeat Mother Lode League foe Bret Harte 2-0 on Monday night in Angels Camp and also hand the Bullfrogs their first loss of the season.
“It was really significant because Bret Harte isn’t undefeated anymore,” said Bear senior sweeper Camila Richardson. “We stayed positive and really worked to apply what we did in practice, on the field. We all stepped up and we all brought the intensity.”
The game was mostly played in a downpour and was scoreless after the first 40 minutes.
Bear forward Darian Skellenger helped get Summerville on the board in the second half.
“There were a bunch of connected passes and I ran onto a through pass and had to fight off a defender,” Skellenger said. “I saw the near post open and I shot it with my left foot.”
By RUTH ABREO
For The Union Democrat
It took Brian Basacker 19 years to repeat a bowling goal.
The Jokers Wild league member rolled his first 300 game on March 19 since 1995.
His perfect game was 105 pins over his average.
Elisha Flores went 2 for 3 hitting and drove in three runs, but it wasn’t enough, and the Summerville Bears baseball team fell 9-8 against Argonaut on Friday in Tuolumne.
Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Summerville Bear hurler Bryce Farrell (above) fires a pitch in Friday’s 9-8 Mother Lode League loss to Argonaut in Tuolumne.
Summerville scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead; however, Argonaut tied the game at four in the third and grabbed the advantage by tacking on three runs in the fourth.
The Bears knotted the score at seven in the fifth.
In the sixth, Summerville stranded two runners on base, and Argonaut was able to pull away with a two-run rally in the final inning.
The Bears added a run to cut the deficit to one, but could not find that game-tying run.
“We just have to have that killer instinct to be able to finish it off, especially when we have guys in scoring position,” said Bears head coach Larry Gold. “We have to be able to come through with some clutch hitting. We didn’t do it. We just got to be able to finish games off.”
The Sonora Wildcats boys’ golf team won its 11th match in a row by beating Kimball 187-207 on Thursday at Old River in Tracy.
That 187 combined score may be the best ever for the Wildcats.
“As far as I know, that’s an all-time low,” said Sonora head coach Steve Lee, who has been at the helm for 12 years. “I know we’ve been in the 180s before, but that’s pretty rare. If it’s not, I don’t remember. It’s darn close.”
After a five-goal loss earlier in the week, the Summerville Bears girls’ soccer team was not going to have a repeat of that performance.
Summerville came out pressuring up top and the Bears defended as a unit to force a 0-0 draw against Linden in a rain-soaking Mother Lode League match on Wednesdayat Sonora High’s Dunlavy Field.
“Our effort tonight was a lot better,” said Summerville head coach Brad Schultz. “The girls really played hard. I mean, all the girls really played hard. They went out there with a purpose tonight.”
Minor league pitcher Trevor Miller is entering his third full year as a professional baseball player.
Courtesy photo. Trevor Miller pitches in a game for the Jackson Generals during the 2013 season.
And his goal remains the same — to play in the Major Leagues.
“I’m trying to get up there as fast as I can,” said Miller, a former Bret Harte standout. “That’s basically it. I’ve got to keep throwing strikes.”
By Len Ackerman
For The Union Democrat
I made a scouting trip to Beardsley Lake last week to view the water level and the new extended launch ramp.
And it sure is a beautiful ramp and floating dock but, unfortunately, the water level is extremely low and may not reach the ramp this year. There will be some rise in level as the snow melt adds some water, but as summer approaches, more releases will be made.
For information on Beardsley, go to www.tridamproject.com, which is updated periodically and also has road access information, or call the Summit Ranger Station at 965-3434.