Phil Salazar likes to go to one player whenever his Turlock American East All-Stars in the 12-year-old Little League division are in a tough spot. It's because he's a proven talent who doesn't get rattled very easily.
In a way, the Turlock All-Stars Little League Seniors knew they were going to arrive at this point.
There was no way Phil Salazar was going to do it. The coach of the Turlock American East Little League All-Stars in the age 12 division didn't want to say that only one or two players have been important to the team's success this season.
When things began to look uncertain, the Turlock Senior All-Stars huddled up near the dugout at Pedretti Sports Complex. Coach Ben Cantrell said a few words and the players listened.
It wasn't supposed to end like this. The Turlock American Little League All-Stars of the 13-14 age division were ahead from the very start, but unfortunately things happened on their way to a tough 3-2 loss in extra innings to the Chowchilla All-Stars at Pedretti Sports Complex on Monday night. The crowd was stunned, especially at how it ended. Aaron Deatherage walked in for the game-winning score after Chowchilla teammate Jacob Roduner got beamed. "It's ...
Turlock American All-Stars player Tristan Parker winds up for a pitch during his team's 12-2 loss to the Madera American All-Stars at Julien Park on Thursday night in the 9-to-10 years old Little League division. The defeat ended the season for Turlock American, which fell behind 7-2 after three innings, and then gave up five more runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game due to the 10-run mercy run. However, there ...
"Dominated" is a word that isn't used too often when it comes to Little League, a place where most of the athletes are not just learning about the basics of baseball but in some cases figuring out where to stand during announcements of the starting lineups.
The kids were all hot and sweaty, and they still wanted more. A group of local kids had just finished their second session of the Westside Ministries Sports Mania at Wakefield Elementary on Tuesday morning. They got a dose of kickball and ultimate Frisbee, sports they don't see too often. But program director Lydio Banana lost track of time, using some of it to explain the basic rules of the unfamiliar sport of ultimate Frisbee. ...
There was only one way the Bruins were going to win the Turlock Girls Softball Championship on Monday. And that was to dominate.
It was a tough task for the Turlock Fire Elite U-15 boys soccer team - to play five games in three days.
The Junior Diamondbacks were on the verge of a disaster, as their best pitcher was close to reaching his pitch-count limit and their opponents, who had redemption in their hearts, wanted to be the ultimate spoilers. This was in the top of the sixth inning, when the Junior Angels were eager to explode for a few scores.
These kids could have easily stayed at home, maybe watch some cartoons while having their favorite plate of food in front of them. Or perhaps find something more troublesome to do.
After blowing a big lead to pieces, the Junior Diamondbacks of the Turlock Little League did not panic.
Central Valley Aquatics swim club has been a competitive swim team since 1958. Over its 51 years, the team has seen many athletes and coaches come and go. This April, the team saw a familiar face return to coach the team for a third time.
The American East Angels put their bats to work Friday night, capturing a 13-0 win over the American East Yankees for the city major league title. Marcus Lopez and Jesse Gardenas led the Angels' bats; Lopez with two homeruns and Gardenas with a grand slam.
After collecting thousands of miles across the United States, visiting historic sites along the way and challenging America's best youth athletes, the results are in: Thad Moren's cross country road trip with his Team Olympians athletes ended in some jewelry.
SALIDA - For recent Turlock High graduate and UCLA-bound shortstop Kevin Kramer, it was a dream that turned into reality. Like most baseball players, he grew up dreaming about his shot at heroics - his opportunity to win an important game with one swing of the bat.
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.