For the Modesto Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old baseball team winning is now a recurring theme. And the players did it again on Thursday night, exploding for eight runs in the first inning of their Pacific Southwest Regional opener against Nevada at Wastonville High in Wastonville. They won 19-1.
Tom Brandstater was looking cool and relaxed in a T-shirt and a pair of shorts and sandals along the sidelines of Joe Debely Stadium last week, taking in the last day of his nearly three-week break from the Denver Broncos.
MODESTO - One by one, the batters went down, humbly and stoically back to their dugout. They knew it was going to be a difficult day, and not because the state championship was at stake.
MODESTO - Bobby Swedberg, the coach of the Modesto Babe Ruth 16-18 year-old baseball team, gathered his players in a huddle before the top of the third inning. He didn't like what he was seeing so far. He challenged them to be better.
The goal is simple: Win state.
For some reason, Anthony Harding had a difficult time dodging people. But this time, he wasn't in his Fresno State football gear. He wasn't at Bulldog Stadium in front of thousands of people or somewhere in the country trying to reach the end zone.
Tom Mendonca's professional debut wasn't exactly noteworthy but he quickly made up for it the following day.
When rocks turned into faces, I knew the end was near. They were glowing in the dark, soon after the light from our only flashlight ran across their ghostly stares.
Colin Kaepernick is one of the best pitchers in Pitman High history, but people around him knew he had other intentions when he was competing in Turlock. Football was his passion and he carried that with him to the University of Nevada - though he could have gotten a scholarship to play college baseball, according to one coach.
Sixteen teams weighed in five fish limits with most of those teams reporting catching less than eight keepers during the last event of the 2009 Anglers Choice Motherlode Semi-Pro Team season held on June 13 in a night tournament at Don Pedro.
Everything seems to be falling into place for Bradin Hagens, a local product that finished his sophomore season at Merced College with the school's first conference championship in 23 years.
There's no way anyone could have predicated that Tom Mendonca was going to be this good of a baseball player.
Last year, at the age of 49, Stevinson local Cindy Kelley competed in her first CrossFit Games in the Masters Women 45-49 division, topping out in eighth place and taking third in one of the events in Los Angeles.
Saturday not only marked the near end of the Stanislaus County Fair, but also concluded the over week -long period of motorsports action at the Food Maxx Arena with quads, pee wee bikes and motocross competitors taking the action to the dirt track.
High powered motorsports action continued this past Friday with lawn mower races at the 2014 Stanislaus County Fair.
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