The thought of the Senior League Baseball World Series has been etched into the minds of the Turlock Americans ever since the group got together months ago. And that thought did not go away Monday night, when the boys faced their fiercest competitors so far in this campaign.
Pitman High coach Thad Moren and a group of youth track and field athletes are making one of the biggest trips of their athletic lives.
MODESTO - The roster for the Modesto Babe Ruth 18-under baseball team looks intimidating, considering that all but two won't be playing at the college level next season. That's because those two still have a year left of high school. The other players either have a year of college experience or are about to.
The Turlock American Seniors are now a step closer to their goal.
The 10- to 11-year-olds of the Turlock American All-Stars found themselves in a humbling hole.
Looking back, the Little Leaguers are glad they experienced the loss.
Three years ago, a group of Turlock Little Leaguers made a serious run into the World Series.
They considered themselves the underdogs, but they didn't play like one.
Entering the fifth inning, the Orioles weren't in panic mode despite what the scoreboard at Julien Field told them late Tuesday night. They needed to conquer a three-run deficit, with just two full innings left.
Teammates like to call Trevor Price "Bam Bam," a nickname he earned from his friends at Dennis Earl Elementary. That moniker then transitioned onto the baseball field, where it is perhaps the most appropriate.
In one of Thursday's two elimination games in the Turlock Little League City Tournament at Soderquist Park, the Dodgers of the National League prevailed 7-5 over the Red Sox of the National League. Today, the Dodgers will face the Pirates at 5 p.m. followed by the Tigers-Orioles game at 7:30 p.m., as both contests will be held at Julien Field.
Jake Thompson didn't get his first at-bat until the fourth inning, as he came into the game for his 10-to-12-year-old Tigers of the American League as a pinch-hitter. He made the wait worthwhile, slamming a shot to right-field to set up a firestorm of runs in the opening game of the Turlock Little League Majors City Tournament at Julien Field.
It took two overtime periods for the Turlock Fire Elite Boys U-17 Soccer team to lose 4-3 in a penalty shootout to Santa Clara Sporting in the semifinal match of the State Cup on Saturday, in a matchup of the two highest ranking teams in Northern California - with Santa Clara also holding down the No. 1 spot in the country, according to Turlock's Mark Selby.
The Pitman youth wrestling program completed its season with plenty of trophies and medals. Under the supervision of Adam Vasconcellos, the team had eight champions and 14 medalists at state tournaments, boasted four tournament winners and seven medalists at the Reno Worlds (considered the toughest youth tournament in the country) and finished with five champions and seven medalists at the West Coast Nationals. The program feeds wrestlers into the Pitman High team, while helping kids as young as 5 years old develop wrestling skills. For more information about the program, contact Vasconcellos at 678-5577.
With about 800 participants from 18 middle schools and junior highs, the annual Turlock Junior High School Relay Meet had another good run, with many athletes breaking personal times while others smashed meet records. In its 30th year, the meet was held at the renovated Debely Stadium on Friday afternoon, with the athletes competing in only relay events with the exception of the open 1,600-meter run.