Calaveras strong at TVL/MLL Challenge
The Calaveras Redskins highlighted local tracksters at the annual Trans Valley League-Mother Lode League Challenge last Thursday with first-place finishers in eight different events.
Individual winners for the Redskin boys’ included high jumper Macklin Bolton, who took the top spot with a jump of 5-08. Bolton also ran to first place in the 400M (52.68).
The Redskin boys 4x100 relay also finished first in 45.26. That team included Randy Redman, Tristen Harrison, Mason Steed and Jacob Carey.
Harrison, Steed, Carey and Bolton comprised the Redskins’ 4x400 relay team that took first place in 3:41.48.
For the Calaveras girls, Hannah Hull won the 1600 in 5:25.72. Redskin teammate Olivia Borchin came in third in 5:54.03.
Also finishing in first place for the Redskins were Isabella Lohnsen (shot put (4kg), 34-01.5), Kelly Airola (high jump, 5-0) and Sydney Valentine (pole vault, 7-06).
The 4x100 girls relay team of Brianna Biondi, Deborah Ark-Majiyagbe, Catherine Latt and Kimberly Andreson, along with the 4x400 team comprised of Airola, Haley Gosalves, Bryn Merrill and Hull, each finished in second place.
Airola also came in second in the 300 low hurdles, Biondi finished third in the 100HH and second in the long jump, and Ark-Majiyabe had a third-place finish in the 100.
Also competing at the event was Bret Harte, which had two top-three finishes by Jake Piel. He finished second in the 200 in 23.90 and third in the long jump (18-09).
Summerville had two tracksters with third-place finishes across three events. Jonathan Horak ran the 400M in 54.44 and leaped 5-04 in the high jump, while Chris Hoffman-Brady ran to third in the 3200 in a time of 10:55.98.
Calaveras softball destroys Amador
The Calaveras Redskins softball team demolished the Amador Buffaloes 26-2 in San Andreas on Friday to open Mother Lode League competition.
Calaveras had a whopping 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning after Amador went scoreless to take a very early double-digit lead. The Redskins had another in the second, eight in the third and five in the fourth to end the game.
Redskin pitcher Megan Walters earned her fifth win this season striking out three batters in two innings.
Nine different Calaveras batters had two or more hits on the afternoon.
The Redskins (6-2, 1-0 MLL) are set to host Linden at 4 p.m., Tuesday. They will face the Lions at Linden on Thursday.
Frog girl swimmers win two, boys split
The Bret Harte girls’ swimming team continued its win streak with wins over both Amador (92-67) and Argonaut (115-35) on Friday at Angels Camp.
Freshman Kaitlyn McCratic took first in both of her individual events, the 50 free (27.53) and 500 free (6:24.18).
Also for the girls (4-0 Mother Lode League), senior Haley Warner took first in the 100 free (1:05.21).
The boys’ team battled throughout the entire meet but ended up losing by two points to Argonaut (84-82) and beating Amador 100-50.
Bret Harte won the 200 freestyle relay (Jacob Cardiel, Colin Boblet, Jordan Johnson and Joey Calhoun) with a time of 1:40.93.
The meet came down to the last relay event in which Argonaut edged the Frogs. But the close competition helped the Bret Harte team (Calhoun, Boblet, Brennan Thompson and Cardiel finish in 3:44.18 which was a section-qualifying time.
Skins baseball crushes Amador
After a scoreless first inning, the Calaveras Redskins had runs in each of the five innings that followed to stomp the visiting Amador Buffaloes 14-3 and begin Mother Lode League play with a win Friday.
Calaveras scored four times in the second inning to take a lead it would never relinquish.
Redskin Derek Rittenhouse hit a run scoring single followed by Calaveras pitcher Wyatt Durham driving in a pair on another base hit.
Amador answered back with three unearned runs in the top of the third, but the Redskins added a pair of runs in the fourth on scoring singles by Thomas Boitano and Jason Kennedy.
Redskin Brian Golston’s double down the left field line scored base runner Mike Seawell as Calaveras added two more runs in the fifth inning.
Calaveras closed out the game in the bottom of the sixth with five runs. Boitano had another run scoring single, Kennedy a run scoring double and Jake Souza a three-run double that ended the game.
Redskin pitcher Wyatt Durham earned his second win of the year in a complete game where he allowed only four hits, struck out five batters and held the Buffaloes to zero earned runs.
Calaveras got back to .500 on the season (4-4, 1-0 MLL) with the league-opening victory Friday. The Redkins next face the Linden Lions at 4 p.m., Tuesday, and then again, Thursday, at Linden.
BH relay takes silver at Fair Oaks
The Bret Harte Bullfrogs boys’ track team placed second in the 4x1600-meter relay Friday at the Bronco Roundup Distance Carnival hosted by Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks.
Nolan Johnson, Tristan Boblet, Joe Hollett and Eli Cardiel tied with a team from Del Campo High in the 4x1600 relay. Both finished in 20:20.76 to share second-place out of seven total teams.
Hollett also finished eighth out of 26 runners in the 800. His time in the event was 2:07.17.
Friday’s meet featured 27 Sac-Joaquin Section teams from Divisions I-V, along with a Division IV team from Nevada.
Cat JV baseball splits with Sierra
The Sonora Wildcat junior varsity baseball team split two games with the Sierra Timberwolves last week.
On Tuesday, Sierra defeated visiting Sonora 1-0. Wildcat pitcher Matt Grossi hurled a complete game in the tough-luck loss.
The Wildcats avenged Tuesday’s defeat on Thursday with a 3-2, 8-inning win at Bev Barron Field.
Garrette Bozzo doubled with one out in the eighth inning to score Raymond Albanez with the game winner.
Tyler Casteel pitched seven innings and gave up just one earned run.
Conner Todd pitched the eighth inning and got the win.
The Wildcats (1-1 Valley Oak League) will next visit Lathrop on April 2.