RIVERBANK The Sonora High School baseball team continued to wield big bats in an 18-6 victory over Riverbank yesterday.

The Wildcats (3-2) smacked 15 hits and blew the game open with a nine-run rally in the top of the second inning.

"We hit a lot of balls to the right side, which means the guys are keeping their heads down and (swings) inside," Sonora coach Mike Silva said. "And they're getting ahead in the count and not striking out."

Only one Sonora batted went down on strikes.

Karl Waite led the hit parade by going 3-for-5, and Tommy Grove went 2-for-3 with a double. Grove's two-batter was Sonora's only extra-base hit.

Josh Townsend picked up his third pitching victory of the season. He shared the mound with Brent McKenzie and Brian Sipe.

Sonora now ventures into the shark-infested waters of the Turlock Tournament. The Wildcats, who've won three in a row with an average of 15.3 runs per game, face Lincoln of Stockton at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Turlock High.

Sonora softball

Senior Kari Martinez led Sonora to its first softball victory of the season yesterday, 6-5 over Bret Harte in Angels Camp.

Martinez pitched a complete game, striking out seven and walking five while allowing seven hits.

The Wildcats (1-3) made their big move in the top of the sixth inning, when they scored four runs. The rally began when Vanessa Clark was hit by a pitch and was included run-scoring singles by Kayla Brawley and Baldrige.

Clark was hit again in the seventh, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Melissa Webbon. Earlier, Webbon tripled home a run.

Sonora plays in the Turlock Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats open against Hilmar at 3:30 Friday afternoon.

Frosh-Soph Sonora (3-1) beat Bret Harte 14-6 as freshman Chelsea Espino went 2-for-5 and drove in five runs. Also, Beth Thormann and Breann Craig both had two hits and one RBI. Holly Barton pitched the the first three innings, and Jillian Fiske finished up.