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Kish pitches Sonora past Linden

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Jesse Jones / Union Democrat Sonora’s Carter Denton (6, above) is congratulated by teammate Eric Gilliatt (4) on Friday after scoring a run in the Wildcats 3-0 victory over the Linden Lions at Bev Barron Field.
Joseph Kish fired a one-hit complete game to lead the Sonora Wildcats baseball team to a 3-0 victory versus Linden on Friday at Bev Barron Field.

Kish, a left-handed senior pitcher, recorded a game-high nine strikeouts in his second outing of the season to help the Wildcats improve to a perfect 4-0 in Mother Lode League play.

Sonora took control of the match in the bottom of the second when the Wildcats scored the game’s opening two runs. The team added an insurance run in the fifth and Kish’s production on the mound and the Wildcats’ defense held the Lions at bay.


Bears rally to defeat Buffs

The Summerville Bears baseball team and its late-game heroics is becoming a trend.

After topping Calaveras 13-12 on Thursday on a walkoff single by Bradley Tyler, Summerville recreated that same magic.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Case Dailey smacked a two-run single to right field to help lift Summerville to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Amador Buffaloes on Friday in Sutter Creek.


Preps Roundup: Softball Bears thump Amador

The Summerville Bears softball team blasted 14 hits en route to an 11-5 road Mother Lode League win over the Amador Buffaloes on Friday in Sutter Creek.

Claire Caldera threw six solid innings and struck out four in her winning performance. Shelby Conklin relieved Caldera in the seventh and retired all three batters on just six pitches.

Chelsea Caperton, who registered a team-best three hits, led the Bears with three RBI. Taylor Higginbotham had two and Conklin added one. 


Hukkanen, ’Skins beat Bears

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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

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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.”


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