Walters hurls Skins into 1st
Hurler Megan Walters led the Redskins to a 4-1 softball victory Friday over county rival Bret Harte that bumped Calaveras into first place in the Mother Lode League.
Walters advanced to 11-6 on the season with the win Friday while lowering her earned run average to 1.76. She also went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Redskins Jennifer Scantlen and Taylor Robinson each had RBI-singles.
Meanwhile, Bullfrog senior Cassidy Davis had a hit and scored Bret Harte’s lone run.
The Redskins (7-2 MLL) are atop the league by a half-game over the Linden Lions (6-2 MLL), which didn’t play its game against Summerville on Friday and will make it up with a doubleheader May 9 against the Bears to close out the 2013 season.
Calaveras looks to extend its lead in the MLL when it faces Amador in a two-game series this week. The first game will played Wednesday at Amador and the second is scheduled for Friday in San Andreas.
Swimming Cats lose to rival in VOL showdown
The Sonora Wildcat boys’ and girls’ swim teams lost their dual meet season finale on Friday at rival Oakdale.
The boys, who were unbeaten and tied with Oakdale for first in the Valley Oak League heading into the meet, were defeated 96-74 while the girls lost 92-72.
“Oakdale has a really strong team this year,” said Wildcat head coach John-Jay Verhuel. “Even though we lost, we had more great swims and a few more kids qualify for sections.”
For the Sonora boys, Cody Hansten recorded a season best in the 100 free and Matt Scanlin free-styled his way to first in the 200.
“Cody had another great day with a season best, a good swim in the 50 and two solid relay swims,” Verhuel said. “Matt cruised to victory in the 200 free and had a great swim in the 100 back. Bennett Personius had a good day, swimming the 100 free and the 100 breast as well as two good relays. I never know where to put Bennett because he’s fast in everything.
“Garrett Richey, who’s a breaststroke swimmer, swam the 100 fly and 100 back. He’s willing to swim anything to help the team. And Danny West had another good day with swims in the 200 IM and the 100 back. Danny is one those utility guys who can swim anywhere. He might not win the events, but you can count on him to get some points.”
For the Wildcat girls, Katherine Hohne finished her final high school dual meet with two personal bests in the 100 fly and the 50 free.
“Katherine had a great meet for us,” Verhuel said. “Marta Houghton swam great in the 100 back and recorded a season’s best, and swam very fast in all of the relays. Kiana Arnold had two good swims in the 100 fly and the 100 back. And she also swam well in both relays. Siena Hapig-Ward had a really good 200 free and, as usual, swam very fast in 100 breaststroke. And Shelby Chung had a good 50 free, and swam fast in both of her relays.”
The Wildcats will prepare this week for the VOL Championships which will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Manteca High.
Summerville falls to unbeaten Lions
Logen Foster led the Bears at the plate Friday with a pair of hits and an RBI, but Summerville suffered a 9-6 loss to the Linden Lions who remain the undefeated Mother Lode League leader.
The visiting Lions jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning before the Bears answered with two runs of their own during the home half. Summerville then tied the game 4-4 in the second inning.
“I’ve gotta hand it to the kids,” said Bears head coach Larry Gold. “They never gave up and battled to the end.”
Linden went up 8-4 until the Bears cut into the deficit with two runs in the fifth frame. Gold said Summerville later had an opportunity in the sixth to take the lead after loading the bases with only one out but was unable to score.
“Linden’s a very good team and maybe next time it will be our turn,” Gold said.
In addition to Foster’s day at the plate, Summerville senior Colton Ebbers hit 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored and Jonathan Olsen went 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Olsen also held the Lions to only two hits and one earned run while getting three strikeouts after taking the mound in the fifth inning.
“He faced 12 batters and did a good job for us in the last part of the game,” Gold said.
The Bears are in the midst of a battle for one the three playoff spots in the MLL. The Lions hold a strong lead at No. 1 with a 9-0 record followed by Argonaut (6-3) alone in second. Calaveras and Summerville are tied at 5-4 for the third and final spot following a Redskin victory Friday against Bret Harte.
The Bears have a two-game series Wednesday and Friday this week against the Bullfrogs, who are seeking their first MLL win of the season. The first game starts at 3:30 p.m. in Tuolumne and the second at 4 p.m. in Angels Camp.
“It’s very competitive in the MLL right now,” Gold said. “There are still three teams that are going to be battling it all the way to the end, so we have to look forward to winning each and every game in order to secure our playoff spot.”
Bullfrogs leave Linden in wake
Both Bret Harte swim teams were victorious Friday against the Linden Lions at Linden High to set up a showdown for the Mother Lode League Championship this Friday.
The Bullfrog boys’ team used first-place finishes in the first four events to cruise to a 96-74 win while the girls’ narrowly defeated the Lions 86-84 in what Bret Harte head coach Lauren Gerber called a “nail biter.”
“Our girls swam hard to the bitter end, which is what we’ve learned to do when swimming against Linden,” Gerber said.
Bret Harte freshman Kaitlyn McCratic nabbed the two first-place finishes in individual events for the Bullfrog girls, in the 200-yard and 100-yard freestyle.
The Bret Harte girls’ 200-yard free relay team of Erika Rasmussen, Riley Preston, Shelby Warner and McCratic swam to first place, which helped give the Bullfrogs the advantage in points for the win.
“This was a great example of what is so great about high school swimming,” Gerber said. “Every single one of our swimmers took part in that win. They earned their win and we could not be more proud of these athletes.”
Meanwhile, the Bullfrog boys picked up the first four wins quickly in “very, very close” races which helped carry them through the rest of the meet. All three boy relay teams took first place in their events as well.