Pre-season is officially over for the softball teams of Delhi, Denair, Turlock Christian, and Hilmar High. Now, with the hunt for league standings and post-season berths underway, the various lady players from around the area are doing their best to excel under their different sets of circumstances.
The Southern Athletic League soaked in the sun on Saturday in its first league meet of the season. Denair, Delhi, and Turlock Christian High had several outstanding performers on both the track and on the field in what was the first true test of the year for many of their athletes.
For the first time in its 29 year history, the Atch Pedretti Tournament trophy was guaranteed a resting spot in Turlock after Pitman and Turlock High climbed their way into Saturday's championship game. The Bulldogs had earned their shot by putting up a combined 20 runs in the first two rounds of tournament play while the Pride's route involved closely contested matchups and a bit of luck.
Pitman High had a successful outing at the Stanislaus County Meet on Friday as its girls finished in first place with 154 team points and its boys finished second with 80 team points. Turlock High wasn't too far behind its cross-town rival as both its girls and boys finished in third place with 78 and 70 respective team points.
Turlock Christian High's girls basketball season officially ended Saturday night in the second round of the CIF Division V State Playoffs. The Eagles faced off against International High in a competitive contest, but the Jaguars managed to stay a few steps ahead throughout the matchup and walked off their home court with a 61-47 victory.
The championship game of the 29th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament will be played today at 1:30 p.m. - and for the first time in history rivals Turlock and Pitman High will be competing for the rights to the title.
For the second year in a row Halie Bergman has led Turlock Christian High to a first round win in the CIF Division V California State Girls Basketball Tournament. Bergman notched 39 points, 18 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists, and 6 blocked shots as the Eagles defeated St. Francis High, 63-56, on Wednesday and earned a second round matchup with International High tonight.
Pitman High passed it first test in the Central California Conference Wednesday afternoon when its girls hosted Merced High in the league opener. The Pride overcame the speedy Bears with a second half effort, shutting them out 3-0.
It's called softball, but the ladies of Turlock and Pitman High have been working hard as they prepare for the 2013 Central California Conference season. With pre-season play already in full swing and the beginning of league just a few days away, the Bulldogs and Pride are both building team chemistry and supplying their young teams with invaluable experience; foundations they hope will carry them to a championship and into the post-season.
Turlock High experienced a rude awakening Wednesday night in its Central California Conference home opener against Atwater High. The Falcons managed to do to the Bulldogs what none of the CCC teams were able to do last season-beat them.
Last year Hilmar High's girls posted an undefeated, championship season in the Trans Valley League and earned a playoff berth despite having a fairly young team. Now, the Yellowjackets are back on the soccer field with an aim for another TVL championship and a section title appearance-goals they plan on achieving through experience this time around.
The sun is out and the grass is a deep hue of green-it's time to play baseball.
Tennis season is already in full swing in the Valley. Turlock, Pitman, Delhi, Denair, and Turlock Christian High have been hitting the courts, some new and some old, on a quest to dole out defeat to their respective league opponents and make a run at the post-season.
Isaac Bertalotto became the fourth sophomore in Turlock High's history to claim a medal at the California High School State Finals on Saturday. With a tournament record of 5-3 and an 8th place finish, Bertalotto joined the company of Fabian Garcia, Brandon Egleston, and Lewis Gonzales-his cousin-as the youngest Bulldogs to ever place at the State Tournament.
Last year Turlock and Pitman High's girls had a season to remember in the Central California Conference. After a tight, three game series the Bulldogs emerged as undefeated CCC Champions having edged their rivals out of the honor by a single game. Both teams continued playing into the post-season, but while Pitman fell in the first round Turlock orchestrated a memorable playoff run that ultimately ended at the hands of Franklin High of Elk Grove in the Division I San Joaquin Section semi-finals.
Hilmar High's softball team hosted first place Hughson High on Tuesday in a Trans Valley League matchup the Yellowjackets needed to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Hilmar girls soccer team is on the brink of elimination from playoff contention if they fail to win out all four of their final Trans Valley League bouts this season.
The top two girls soccer teams in the Central California Conference in Turlock and Merced squared off on Monday in a much anticipated battle to see who would take the first place position heading into the final month of the season.
All of Pitman's five runs came in one inning and starting pitcher Alexis Mettler tossed a complete game, allowed only one earned run and struck out 11 en route to a 5-2 win over Central California Conference foe Atwater High on Friday.
After Friday's 6-3 win over Atwater High, the Turlock baseball squad has won five consecutive games, four of which were Central California Conference clashes.
In a Southern Athletic League showdown between Denair and Turlock Christian on the tennis courts, it was the Coyotes who prevailed with a 7-2 victory on Friday.
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