Bret Harte’s Mitchell Menzes was six shots ahead of anyone else Thursday but Sonora’s combined team score was slightly better.
The Wildcats earned a rare victory over the Bullfrogs, 247-251, at their home course Greenhorn Creek Resort in Angels Camp.
“Bret Harte doesn’t lose many matches at Greenhorn Creek,” said Bullfrogs head coach Rich Cathcart. “Credit Sonora for playing well enough to get the win.”
Besides from Menzes’ medalist winning 1-over par 37, the scores for each team were much higher than expected, especially for two of the top teams in the Mother Lode League.
“It was ugly, but a win is a win,” said Wildcat head coach Steve Lee.
While the Wildcats are unbeaten (8-0 MLL) in league play, they are tied for second place with the Bullfrogs (5-4 MLL) due to Bret Harte winning the midseason tournament and Sonora finishing fourth.
Calaveras (7-2 MLL), which lost Thursday 233-237 to Linden (6-3 MLL), is in first place by two points, or one head-to-head victory. Linden is hanging around in fourth place just two points back.
Sonora’s Bradley Fulkerson recorded the second best score of the day, a 43, while teammates Hunter Hanson (46)and Hank Kolpack (47) shot the third and fourth best scores. Ethan Wright added a 53 and Caleb Farwell scored an uncharacteristic 58.
Bret Harte also had a pair of unusual high scores from two of the better players in the league.
Nick Kristoff and Mason Davis each carded 53s and Callen Dente and Connor Barajas added 54s for the Bullfrogs.
Sonora plays a makeup match at 3:30 p.m. today against Argonaut at Mountain Springs and comes back Monday with a showdown against Calaveras at 3:30 p.m. Monday at La Contenta in Valley Springs.
Bret Harte next will hit the road Tuesday to take on Amador (0-9 MLL).
Sonora tennis gets past Bret Harte in Angels
Sonora earned its eighth Mother Lode League tennis victory Thursday and appear headed to the playoffs.
The Wildcats defeated the Bret Harte Bullfrogs 7-2 in Angels Camp.
The Wildcats won all the doubles Matches while splitting the singles.
Sonora’s Zach Whitmer and Christian Froehlich and Evran Morfin and Jackson Bouchard surrendered just five games in straight set victories in boys’ No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, respectively.
The Wildcats No. 1 girls singles team of Sydney Fiedler and Kate Hovatter earned a narrow 6-3, 4-6, (10-8) victory. The Wildcat girls were up 8-3 in the third-set tiebreaker before the Bullfrogs rallied to tie at 8.
Chloe Plummer and Delaney Ditler earned 6-3, 7-5 win and in mixed doubles Fidel Yanez and Millie Howard cruised 6-1, 6-1.
“We dominated doubles and in practice we’ve been working at the net and putaways and it was nice to see them implement that today,” said Wildcat head coach Sam Segerstrom.
Bret Harte’s Adeen Gonzalez earned a 6-4, 2-6, (10-7) victory over Sonora’s Thomas Johnson in a battle of each teams top player.
Sonora’s normal No. 1 Jake Evans was out due to injury.
“It was the match of the day, a good match,” Segerstrom said. “He was up 5-1 in the tiebreaker and was disappointed he lost but he played well. Adeen is a three-time all leaguer, he’s a good player. But it was really windy and the people hitting into the wind were having much more success than players hitting with it.”
Ian Smith played his first ever singles match for Sonora and earned a straight set 6-1, 6-2 victory.
Bret Harte’s Lexi Cuslidge avenged a loss earlier this season to Sonora’s Savannah McClintock, earning a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 decision.
And Wildcat Haley Fielder also got even with Bullfrog Taylor Clark, winning 6-1, 6-2 after losing a couple weeks ago in Columbia.
Bear netters play tough, but fall to MLL leaders
The Summerville Bears played the Amador Buffaloes tough Thursday but lost 6-3 on the tennis courts in Sutter Creek.
Summerville was tied 3-3 and was ahead in three matches at one time but all those results went against the Bears and for the Mother Lode League-leading Buffaloes.
Summerville’s top girls player Katie Peterson remained undefeated in MLL play, earning a 6-0, 6-3 victory.
Summerville’s boys doubles team of Caylor Thomas and Sam Grider earned a close 3-6, 6-4, (10-7) victory and the girls doubles team of Cathyrn Campbell and Adele Absedyk started slow but finished strong in a 2-6, 6-1, (10-3) win.
Baseball ’Cats flood Buffaloes with 18 runs
Sonora broke open a 3-3 tie Thursday with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to pull away and defeat the Amador Buffaloes 18-4 in Sutter Creek.
Nate Gookin and Joe Montelongo each blasted home runs and drove in a combined seven runs to lead the Wildcats 15-hit attack.
Gookin also doubled and drove in four runs and Montelongo also doubled and drove in three runs and scored twice.
Also for Sonora, JT Smail went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs, freshman Braden Hobbs went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, Jeff Allen had two hits, Mason Dambacher doubled and scored twice, Jake Lee singled and scored two runs, Johnny Gillespie added a single and an RBI and Dalton Butow singled and crossed home plate twice.
Hobbs hurled the first six innings and allowed seven hits, two walks and no earned runs while striking out seven in earning the victory.
Kyle Pietrowicz struck out two and gave up an unearned run in relief.
Sonora (4-5-1) will host Calaveras at approximately 6 p.m. today at Bev Barron Field.
Sonora softball loses lead late, fall to Bufffs
The Sonora Wildcats softball team nearly earned its first Mother Lode League victory Wednesday but were thwarted 9-6 by the Amador Buffaloes in Jackson.
Sonora was leading 6-5 going into the bottom of the sixth but the Buffaloes rallied with two outs.
The Wildcats put the tying run at the plate after Kylie Kress and Angelina Ray singled but were unable to score.
Sonora’s Haylie Santos opened the game with a bang, blasting a solo home run.
Also for Sonora, Makayla Grogan, Kress and Paige Houck each had two hits with Houck smacking a double.
Kelsey Burr pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs, one walk and one hit batter while striking out nine.
“We are playing well and competing with the other teams in the league,” said Wildcat head coach Jon Abernathy. “The girls should be proud of their improvement. We just seem to have miscues at critical times. Pitching has been solid and steadily improving. Infield defense has been good. We just need to play more confidently in stressful situations. We need to believe that we are good enough to win.”