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Gold taking Bears back to batting cages

The dust had barely settled from Summerville’s 13-1 no-hit loss Tuesday to Sonora when Bears head coach Larry Gold had his players moving the batting cage from foul territory down the left field line to home plate.

“We knew it was gonna be tough,” Gold said. “We were limited on pitching. We’ve got guys nursing injuries and the lack of field time is showing. We knew they were a real good team coming in, but I was not pleased with our hitting. 

“So, as you can see, we’ve already got our cage set up and we are hitting tomorrow. I want to be able to put the ball in play more than zero times, or two times or three times or whatever we had.”



Deckman, Skins rally past Wildcats in 2nd half

Calaveras Redskin central midfielder Pookie Deckman let her powerful right foot do the talking on Tuesday against the Sonora Wildcats.

Deckman fired a curving shot from outside the box and added another rifling score in the second half to rally the Calaveras girls’ soccer team to a 3-1 non-league win over Sonora at Dunlavy Field.

“I like it when she puts in a big shot like that,” said Calaveras head coach Rob Leetham. “We tell her that she needs to shoot more because she has a great shot. She’s a team player and she often passes one or too many times. We tell her, ‘We love to pass, but you have to shoot, shoot, shoot.’ She’s an outstanding player. An all-around player that can play any position on the field. We’re lucky she’s our center midfielder. She does a great job.”


Depth key for Cats in win over Atwater

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Maggie Beck / Union Democrat Sonora No. 1 singles player Billy Kiriluk (above) hits a driver off the fourth tee Monday against non-league foe Atwater at Mountain Springs Gold Club.
One thing that separates the Sonora Wildcats boys’ golf team this season from year’s past is depth.

Although Sonora golf coach Steve Lee sat four of his usual starters on Monday, the Wildcats were still able to top Atwater 237-262 in a non-league match at Mountain Springs.

Sonora senior Kade Barajas shot a team-best 44 and Billy Kiriluk, the only starter that remained in Monday’s lineup, carded a 45. Both juniors Tyler Hammond and Austin Serva fielded a 48 and freshman Hank Kolpak added a 52.

“I actually had five guys who don’t normally play in the tournament play today,” Lee said. “I have 12 players (on the roster), so I tried to put in a lot of kids in there that hadn’t had a lot of playing time. I knew it would be a good time to get some people in there who haven’t been able to play yet. I have probably six kids who are constantly battling for the four-five-six spots.”


S’ville softball tops BV Christian

Summerville pitcher Shelby Conklin tossed a complete game and the Bears’ softball team won its first game of the year, 7-3, over Big Valley Christian on Monday in Tuolumne.

Conklin recorded seven strikeouts and walked just three batters.

“She came out the first inning a little shaking,” said Summerville head coach Ben Watson. “They got two runs, a couple hits and three walks, and after that, she settled down. She had no walks after that.”


Preps roundup: Calaveras baseball sweeps Johansen in doubleheader

After a heartbreaking, extra-inning 5-4 loss to Stagg on Thursday, the Calaveras Redskins boys’ baseball team bounced back to knock off Johansen 9-3 and 11-2 in a Saturday non-league doubleheader at The Ball Park in San Andreas.

In the 9-3 morning win, Calaveras recorded nine hits. Leadoff hitter Mike Seawell led the way, batting .667 with two hits and an RBI. Mason Viera and Thomas Boitano each smashed two hits and Boitano added an RBI. Derek Rittenhouse and Malachi Stockdale both had an RBI.

Redskins starting pitcher Blake Patrick tossed four innings and allowed just four hits while striking out two. Patrick, the winning pitcher, also walked two.


Water Cats: Sonora comes up short vs. Oakdale

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Wildcat senior Matt Scanlin (top) competes in the 100 butterfly on Friday against Oakdale at the Sonora pool.
The Sonora Wildcat boys’ and girls’ swimming team both came up short to Oakdale in a Valley Oak League match on Friday.

The boys lost 91-77 and the girls were defeated 93-77.

“Although we lost, we still had some great swims, and a lot of great support from the community,” said Sonora head coach John-Jay Verhuel.


Bullfrogs split twinbill with Stevenson at Pebble Beach

ret Harte split a baseball doubleheader on Saturday with Stevenson, of the Central Coast Section, at Pebble Beach.

The Bullfrogs won the opener 7-6 in eight innings after rallying for four runs in the seventh.

Wyatt Hockett hit a two-run double and Camren Herrin had two hits including a double and an RBI to lead the Bret Harte (2-1) attack.


Bears rally in 9th for 1st win

Summerville scored two unearned runs in the ninth inning and three Bear hurlers combined to throw a 1-hitter Monday to earn a 2-0 victory over host Waterford.

Nathan Bruce threw the first five innings for the Bears and was perfect except for a hit batter. He struck out two.

Billy Butler earned the win, Summerville’s first this season, with three 1-hit innings of relief.

Jeff Grabow pitched the ninth to earn the save.

“We’ve been giving up too many walks in the first two games,” said Summerville head coach Larry Gold. “I could care less if we were giving up hits today, I just wanted to make sure we threw strikes. And I was very pleased with how they threw on a limited pitch count.”


Sonora’s Henington placed on VOL 1st team

Sonora Wildcat Bailey Henington is a star.

And Valley Oak League girls’ basketball coaches took note of the guard’s sparkling play in 2014.

After a spectacular junior season, Henington was voted by conference coaches to the All-VOL First Team.


Bullfrogs Switzer, Evans earn top MLL honors

After capturing an outright Mother Lode League championship in 2014, the Bret Harte girls’ basketball team swept the post-season awards.

Kelsey Switzer, a star Bullfrog guard, was selected as the MLL’s Most Outstanding Player. She led Bret Harte in scoring, averaging 18.9 points per game. In 28 contests, she drained 42 percent of her shots (188 of 446), including 32 3-point baskets. She closed out her senior season netting 529 points, 278 more than the next best player.

Switzer will play for the University of Saint Mary, an NAIA program in Leavenworth, Kansas next fall. She committed to the college after head coach Bruce Erickson and an assistant flew out to California to see her play in February. The senior earned a partial scholarship.

“I was working really hard the whole season,” Switzer said. “I would go to open gym and practice. I worked on my shooting to try to improve things. I couldn’t been more happier with the way the season went.”


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