League Ac­tion Fills Sched­ule For RHS Ath­letes

Riverbank News - - SPORTS - BY RIC McGIN­NIS NEWS PHO­TOS BY RIC MCGIN­NIS

River­bank ath­letes were busy again this past week, as the Trans-Val­ley League sea­son nears its end and pre­vi­ously rained out games were in­serted into the sched­ule.

Bruin Base­ball

An ex­tra game last week put a strain on RHS var­sity base­ball pitch­ers and two of the games pushed them to ex­tra in­nings.

The Bru­ins split a pair of games away and at home against the Hugh­son Huskies, win­ning 7-4 on Wed­nes­day, April 18, be­fore drop­ping a tough 7-6 loss in 10 in­nings here on Fri­day last week. A reg­u­lar high school ball game usu­ally lasts seven in­nings.

In the make-up of a rained out ear­lier game, host­ing Hil­mar on Satur­day, the Bru­ins lost a close 6-4 game in eight in­nings. They tied it up with three runs in the sixth be­fore fall­ing in the ex­tra frame.

River­bank doesn’t play again un­til Wed­nes­day, May 2, host­ing Ripon High.

Ten­nis

River­bank ten­nis play­ers had a bye last Tues­day, but won against Hugh­son last Fri­day, April 20, 6-3. The win leaves the Bru­ins on pins and nee­dles for the end of the sea­son, to see where they fill fin­ish.

This week, a make-up game was set for Mon­day host­ing Moun­tain House and then the Bru­ins were to play on Tues­day, April 24 at Escalon.

Ac­tion all across the league this week will likely im­pact the fi­nal TVL stand­ings. River­bank had a 5-2 record af­ter Fri­day’s match.

Ac­cord­ing to coach Bruce Ed­wards, a win in Escalon would make River­bank the champs.

“If we lose, then it could be a three-way tie, if Ripon wins both of its re­main­ing matches,” the coach ex­plained.

Ad­di­tional sce­nar­ios in­clude: If Hugh­son beats Ripon and Ripon beats Escalon, it would be a tie for first place be­tween River­bank and Moun­tain House. If River­bank loses and Hugh­son wins, then it would be a three-way tie again for first, be­tween River­bank, Moun­tain House and Hugh­son. Those teams would all end with a 5-3 record.

“Of course,” Ed­wards said, “the eas­i­est way is for us to just win!”

Lady Bruin Soft­ball

Soft­ball play­ers were busy with two games last week, host­ing Escalon on Wed­nes­day, April 18, and trav­el­ing to Moun­tain House on Thurs­day.

Ex­cite­ment on the home field last Wed­nes­day was caused by a two-run home run hit by se­nior Alyssa Frear in the bot­tom of the first in­ning. A huge damper on the game, though, came from a grand slam home run turned in by the Lady Cougars that started off the game. And that was all the vis­i­tors needed, with the con­test end­ing at five in­nings, 18-2. The next day, the Lady Bru­ins trav­eled to Moun­tain House to lose a heart­breaker, 12-11, to the Lady Mus­tangs.

League play con­tin­ues this week, with a sched­uled game Tues­day, April 24 with Hil­mar com­ing to town, af­ter The News went to press. Then the girls are off un­til Tues­day, May 1 when they travel to Ripon. A May 3 game at Hugh­son fol­lows, with the fi­nal home game for the Lady Bru­ins set for Tues­day, May 8. That will be Se­nior Recog­ni­tion Night against Modesto Chris­tian.

River­bank’s Daniel Madueño, 0, re­turns a Ripon Chris­tian spike in third game ac­tion of boys vol­ley­ball on Tues­day, April 17, on the home court. The Bru­ins dropped all three games to vis­it­ing Ripon Chris­tian and then played again in Hil­mar on Thurs­day....

Third base­man Brian Or­donez con­nects with a fly ball sin­gle that drives in two runs dur­ing the Bru­ins’ half of the sixth in­ning of var­sity base­ball on Satur­day, April 21 at home. Later in the in­ning, the Hugh­son pitcher walked in the ty­ing run,...

Lady Bruin first base­man Alyssa Frear hit a home run in the bot­tom of the first in­ning against the Lady Cougars of Escalon in Wed­nes­day, April 18 ac­tion in a home game. Un­for­tu­nately, the two-run shot was the only scor­ing River­bank could muster, with...

River­bank pitcher Chris­tian Fer­nan­dez de­liv­ers from the mound in an early in­ning of the Bru­ins’ Satur­day var­sity base­ball game, host­ing Hil­mar. It was a makeup game, hav­ing been rained out ear­lier in the league sea­son.

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