ON DECK - CIF SJS SOUTH PLAYOFFS CONTINUE
Photos year to date HERE
Monday, May 22
Forecast: Clear, 94 degrees with light winds at first pitch dropping to 84 by the end of the game.
Probable Starter: TBA
Saturday, May 20
ALL LEAGUE BASEBALL ANNOUNCEMENTS PENDING FINAL PLAY OF THE TCAL TEAMS
All League 1st Team, 2nd Team, and Honorable Mention will be released once all TCAL teams have finished their playoff run. I'll have the list on this website after the final out from Tracy or St. Mary's.
Photos from Thursday's late game are uploading HERE
Friday, May 19
PRE-GAME MENTAL FOCUS - A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS
The following photos show the range of emotion happening pre-game on Thursday. Having been around the team a little bit this year, there was a noticeable difference that the pressure of a playoff game and venue such as UOP brings to the mental state of a player.
Thursday, May 18
CARDIAC KIDS SURVIVE IN 6-5 EXTRA INNING GAME
In the most stressful game of the year, the Bulldogs put themselves in a tight spot with little room for error as they were two outs away from elimination in the 7th inning. With a little assistance from El Capitan, Tracy fought back to tie it in the 7th and then win it in the 8th to advance into next week with a little more breathing room and double elimination.
Cody Bolton got the start on Thursday evening and found himself in the stretch very early as he realized a tight strikezone was going to be in play for the rest of the evening. After giving up 1 run, Tracy came right back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning as Josh Alvarado singled on the first pitch. Nate George walked, Chandlyr Metal walked, and then Lee Brewer hit a towering fly ball to left to score Alvarado. After a Drew Tavares fly out, Clayton Borges singled to score George.
Tracy had an excellent opportunity to inflict serious pain on El Capitan in the bottom of the 2nd but could only muster one run with the bases loaded.
The Gauchos shook Tracy a bit in the 3rd as they placed three runs on the board with four hits in the inning. Tracy, trailing 4-3, could not respond for several innings as their offense stalled after the 2nd inning.
Coach Crivello made a pitching change to start the 6th and went with Matt Nunes who had an efficient final three innings to keep the game close for Tracy to strike back.
With 1 out in the 7th and the Bulldogs beginning to stare at possible elimination, Josh Alvarado singled. Nate George proceeded to hit a deep fly ball to left field which the El Capitan outfielder spun into position late to make a catch, but the ball squirted from his glove. Alvarado hustled to third, put the brakes on, and then proceeded home after there was confusion with George's hustling into 3rd as well to complete his triple. The throw into the infield bounced away from the 3rd baseman, giving Alvarado just enough time to score and avoid what could have been the 2nd out of the inning. El Capitan coaching staff intentionally walked Metal and Brewer to load the bases but Tracy could not generate the winning run between the Tavares and Borges at bat.
El Capitan surprised Tracy again and stole the momentum back in the top of the 8th with a 1 out single, error, and single combination to score a run. Nunes pitched out of the jamb giving Tracy another chance for drama in the bottom of the 8th.
Evan Hoyt led off the 8th with single, Garrett Cichella had a nice pinch hit sacrifice bunt. Rosette followed with another bunt which was fielded by the pitcher who then threw wild to first allowing Hoyt to score the tying run. Using the same strategy they implemented in the 7th, El Capitan proceeded to intentionally walk Alvarado and George to load the bases, unfortunately it backfired and ended their season when Metal worked a walk to push the winning run across the plate and allow Tracy players, coaches, and fans to breathe again.
"Going into the 7th, El Capitan had retired 11 straight batters," said Coach Alkire. "They really shut us down from the 2nd inning on and we just did not capitalize early in the game leaving 5 runners stranded in the first two innings. I think offensively and defensively it may have looked like we had not played a game in 8 days. It looked really bleak for us with only two outs left in the game. Had we lost this game, it would have been a very, very tough loss for us."
"I was really proud of how the bench had a great attitude and helped will us to a win late. I thought some key plays in the game were Alvarado's single in the 7th, George's triple in the 7th, and Hoyt's lead off single in the 8th. Probably another key moment was the pitching change to Nunes in the 6th which seemed to shut down the El Capitan offense."
"Three straight walks in the bottom of the 8th was a very interesting way to win an elimination game," said Alkire as he concluded his birthday at UOP with a stressful playoff win.
Photos coming HERE on Friday/Saturday
Bolton 5 IP, 4R, 5H, 4ER, 8K, 2BB, 102 pitches
Nunes (W) 3 IP, 1R, 2H, 0ER, 3K, 2BB, 45 pitches
Monday, May 15
EVOLUTION OF A PROGRAM (click to expand)
Friday, April 28
SUMMER FOOTBALL CALENDAR RELEASED
For those of you who play Tracy High football, the 2017 summer calendars for frosh, soph, and varsity have been released on my football website. www.tracyhighfootball.com
ALUMNI ACTIVE IN COLLEGE OR PRO BALL
Sunday, March 5
CHECKING IN ON A FEW ALUMNI
Saturday, March 25
NEW UPDATED CAREER STATS FOR ALUMNI
For a very long time I've been meaning to update the historical stats on this website with players who graduated between 2008 - 2016 so they could be included in the detailed historical stats. Coach Alkire spent a part of the off-season doing the calculations and I'm now using this weekend to sort the data and publish. Hope to get single season and career on the web shortly.
Single Season Highest Batting Average (minimum 60 ABs)
Single Season Most Hits
Most RBIs in a Season
Sunday, March 26
CAREER STATS NOW UPDATED THROUGH 2016 SEASON
Photos from previous season are always available for viewing/purchase HERE.
THS CAREER BATTING AND PITCHING LEADERS
Handout: VARSITY HISTORICAL STATS
HISTORICAL COACHING RECORDS AT TRACY HIGH
Click on the title of this article to unveil historical coaching records.