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Head Coach: Vic Alkire; e-mail: email@example.com
Assistants: Tony Crivello, John Goulding, Kenny Serrano
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Saturday, May 12
A WIN FOR THE COACH
In the final game of the regular season, Coach Vic Alkire got win number 400 Saturday with a 3-2 walk off win over Bear Creek in a non league game.
Tracy approached this add-in game by utilizing a variety of pitchers to get them playoff ready for the action next week. Matt Nunes went 2 innings followed by Marcus Corso for 2, then Ethan Bejines for 1, Joey Corso for 1 1/3, and Josh Alvarado to get the final two outs and the winning pitcher of record.
Will Schaff continued to swing a late season hot bat going 2 for 3 with 2RBIs including the game winner. The Bulldogs put their first two runs on the board in the 3rd when Davis and Schaff hit back to back homeruns on consecutive pitches.
Coaches Comments: "It was a well played game on both sides today. Bear Creek had gone 15-0 in the SJAA dominating their league. In the 7th inning we had perfect execution to get the winning run in. Corell had pinch hit and worked a walk. Fife then pinch ran for him. Dibble then came up as a pinch hitter and he generated a sac bunt moving Fife to 2nd. Davis was hit by a pitch and Njamfa ran for Davis. Will Schaff on the first pitch hit a line shot up the middle for the walk off win to score Fife."
"There were not many hits, but it was good fundamental baseball by two fairly even teams," said Alkire. A couple of unique things that happened in the game were Josh Alvarado getting the win as the pitcher by only throwing 4 pitches, and then the two Bulldog homeruns in the 3rd coming on back to back pitches. "I don't recall seeing that before as Bulldog coach," said Alkire. "It is great to see Will Schaff hitting the ball so well as his varsity baseball career winds down."
In reflecting on his 400th victory, I asked Coach Alkire about the beginning of his coaching odyssey. "I did not see baseball coaching as a long-term career. When I was interviewed in 1994 by the school they asked me how long would I commit? I promised them at least two years to provide some stability. I enjoyed it and kept going. It took almost a decade to get my first 100 wins, but in recent time as success has come to the Bulldog program, the pace of the wins has accelerated getting these very special milestones every 4-5 years. The Dibble family has played a role in some key milestones along the way. Casey was a player in my first win in 1993. Dustin was player when the 300th win occurred, and today Dax was on the roster and played in my 400th," said Alkire.
Coach Alkire will go for win #401 on Tuesday, but it won't be easy. Tracy will play Pitman and go up against one of the best pitchers in the Central Valley.
Matt Nunes 2 IP 0R, 1H, 0ER, 3K, 0BB, 25 pitches
Marcus Corso 2 IP, 2R, 2H, 2ER, 2K, 1BB, 39 pitches
Ethan Bejines 1 IP 0R, 0ER, 0H, 1K, 0BB, 12 pitches
Joey Corso 1 1/3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 1K, 2BB 25 pitches
Josh Alvarado (W) 2/3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 0K, 0BB, 4 pitches
Wednesday, May 9
IT WAS A HAPPY SENIOR DAY
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All 3 games this week versus West were not pretty, but the Bulldogs took care of business in the final league game and did not wait until the 7th inning to get an 11-3 win over West. Josh Alvarado set the tone for senior day crushing the very first pitch in the bottom of the 1st over the center field fence. He would have a very happy final league game going 4-4 with 4 runs scored and 2RBIs. Ryan Dzoan and Carlos Vasquez also had 2 RBIs.
Will Schaff got the start for the Bulldogs pitching the first 2 innings. Joey Corso got 3 of the middle innings limiting the Wolf Pack to just 1 run and Kieran Davis shut the door on the West season with only 1 hit allowed in the final 2 innings.
Coaches Comments: "We took advantage of the opportunities West gave us today. They walked 8, hit 4, and made 4 errors. We had 16 of our players get on with a free pass. Its one thing to get it, but another to take advantage of it. That is improvement over what we have done lately where we have not capitalized as much on the freebies," said Alkire.
"Josh Alvarado had one of those games he will never forget. It was an impressive stat line starting with the first pitch homerun and the 4-4 day with 4RBIs. It was also nice to see Will Schaff get a start in his senior year. I think a lot about what could have been with him if he had been healthy all season. He looked very satisfied and happy to be on the mound."
"It was nice to get all the seniors into the game and most of the players with the exception of a couple of pitchers. It looked like the parents and players had a good time as we held our postgame festivities."
Coach Alkire will go for career win #400 on Saturday vs Bear Creek in a non league/non playoff meaning game.
Schaff (W) 2 IP, 2R, 5H, 1ER, 2K, 0BB, 41 pitches
Corso, J. 3 IP, 1R, 4H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB 46 pitches
Davis 2 IP, 0R, 1H, 0ER, 2K, 0BB, 18 pitches
Tuesday, May 8
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. TRACY PULLS AHEAD WITH 8 RUN 7TH
Tracy pulled back to .500 (7-7) in their league record on Tuesday with a come from behind win against West. It was the 2nd day in a row that West allowed Tracy to get back in the game. While yesterday it was a costly error, today it was a combination of 6 walks with 2 hits and a sac fly in the top of the 7th. Today's win did nothing to improve the Bulldogs playoff seeding as Lodi defeated Tokay. Tracy will get one more chance tomorrow to move into 3rd place if Lodi loses and the Bulldogs win.
In the top of the 2nd, Bergmann singled and then Schaff singled to score Bergmann.
In the top of the 5th Andrade walked and Alvarado doubled. Turner singled. Dzoan hits a sac fly to center to score Andrade. No further scoring. Tracy was down 3-2.
In the top of the 7th Tracy was down 5-2. Schaff walked. Andrade singled. Alvarado walked. Turner walked to bring in Schaff. Tavares wlaked to score Alvarado. Vasquez hit a sac fly to center to score Turner. Bergmann walked. Davis walked to score Dzoan to take the lead. Schaff singled to score Tavares and Walker. Andrade walked. Alvarado singled to score Davis and Schaff.
Coaches Comments: "We seemed to sleepwalk through the first part of the game but Kyle Mulhern did a nice job coming in for relief, giving up only 4 hits and 1 earned run. Will Schaff had a nice day making some good plays in right field and going 2-3 with 3 RBIs. In the 7th, his RBI was a crucial single with the bases loaded to score 2 more runs. Alvarado then had a 2 run bases loaded single to add on. Josh had 2 hits, 2RBIs, and 2 walks getting on base 4 times for us today. There were 13 batters in 7th, consisting of 7 walks and 3 hits. It was a peculiar inning," said Alkire.
Will Schaff will get the start tomorrow on Senior Day.
Marcus Corso 2 1/3 IP, 3R, 3H, 3ER, 2K, 3BB 51 pitches
Kyle Mulhern (W) 4 2/3 IP 3R, 4H, 3ER, 5K, 55 pitches
Monday, May 7
WEST GIVES TRACY A BOTTOM OF THE 7TH 2 OUT GIFT
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It was a subdued celebration for Tracy who had just come from behind with 2 outs to win the game. After West had dropped the final out of the game and handed Tracy the win, both teams and their fans stood in awkward silence digesting what had just happened.
Reverse a few innings earlier and you had a different story...... Matt Nunes and Grant Lasserre for West were cruising along. For Nunes he did not allow a base runner or hit until the 3rd and a solo West score would cross the plate in the 4th. For Lasserre he had the Tracy bats off balance and he too did not allow a hit until the 3rd. West took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the 5th until Carlos Vasquez and Brentley Bergmann doubled back to back to get the first run in. Will Schaff then singled in Njamfa (running for Bergmann) for a 2-1 Tracy lead.
As Nunes took the mound in the top of the 6th, the bad luck began to creep into the game. Two hits over the 3rd base bag and then the 1st base bag started to setup a West scoring rally which would eventually lead to a 4 run inning and a pitching change to Ethan Bejines.
An uphill battle faced Tracy in the bottom of the 6th trailing 5-2. With 2 quick outs, Ryan Dzoan stepped to the plate and hit a deep fly ball over the left center fence to cut the lead to 5-3, but after a strikeout to end the inning, things looked grim for a Tracy victory on Monday.
Bejines worked an efficient top of the 7th to keep the game close enough for Tracy to attempt to some magic. Magic and a miracle would be needed.
The bottom of the 7th unfolded as follows: Tavares grounded out for the first out. Vasquez walked. Bergmann singled to right field to give Tracy runners at 1st and 2nd. Paxton Andrade ran for Bergmann at 1st. A pop fly to Saenz at 3rd generated the 2nd out of the inning and West felt pretty comfortable with the situation. Ethan Bejines batted for Walker and was hit by a pitch. This loaded the bases with 2 outs. Josh Alvarado then hit a routine pop fly to mid left field which the West left fielder had to make a few running steps for but extended his left glove arm to make the catch. The ball entered the glove and then popped out as the Tracy base runners went through the slow motion steps of thinking the game was over. With the coaches yelling, the runners picked up their pace and scored. With silence on and off the field, a count of how many runners had to be thought through and then a lone voice said "game over guys." There was minimal celebration as the whole situation just seemed a bit awkard.
For Tracy they survived playoff disaster and stayed competitive in the final week for playoff seeding.
UPDATE: With the Lodi win over Tokay Monday evening, Tracy locked in at least the #4 spot for playoff entry. A Lodi loss in one of the remaining two games would give Tracy #3 TCAL finish if Tracy wins out.
Coaches Comments: "I don't think I've ever had a 3 run walk off error to get a Tracy win. It was bizarre," said Coach Alkire. "If you stay around long enough you will see something new."
"I like the way Bergmann and Schaff swung the bat. They each got a start and took advantage of it getting four hits. It was nice to see Ryan Dzoan get back on track after a brief struggle at the plate. It should be a confidence builder for him."
"We lost 5 of the last 6 going into this afternoon, even though it was not pretty, we will accept this gift which gave us a playoff berth."
"Marcus Corso will take the ball for us on Tuesday at West," said Alkire.
Nunes 5 1/3 IP, 5R, 5ER, 7H, 5K, 1BB, 77 pitches
Bejines (W) 1 2/3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0K, 1BB, 11 pitches
Friday, May 4
TRACY SLIPS FURTHER BEHIND IN TCAL WITH 8-4 LOSS
Lodi defeated St. Mary's on Friday 7-2 allowing Lodi to slip past Tracy into 3rd place in the TCAL.
Kyle Mulhern (L) 3 IP, 4R, 3H, 3ER, 0K, 2BB, 46 pitches
Joey Corso 1 IP 2R, 3H, 2ER, 0K, 0BB, 15 pitches
Kieran Davis 1 2/3 IP, 2R, 3H, 1ER, 1K, 24 pitches
Bejines 1/3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 1K, 5 pitches
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Thursday, May 3
COMEBACK A FEW INCHES SHORT
The Bulldogs did not get enough hits, left 7 on base, and had too many mental errors to keep the momentum in league play they had earlier in the week. The Dogs found themselves down by 5 runs going into the bottom of the 7th and fought all the way back to force a play at the plate that would have tied the game.
Leading the way offensively for the Bulldogs was Josh Alvarado who went 3-4 with a triple, double, and a 7th inning homerun.
Things looked promising for the Dogs right out of the gate as Josh Alvarado tripled and Ryan Dzoan hit a hard ground ball to easily bring Josh home. The game began to settle into a pitchers duel between Marcus Corso and Vincent Crook of Lincoln as a 2-1 score held through several innings.
Tracy had an excellent chance to take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd, but an unfortunate double play with runners on 2nd and 3rd squelched the scoring opportunity. Tracy got 3 runners on base as a result of a single and 2 walks in the bottom of the 4th, but only got one run out of the deal. With the score tied at 2, it was a new game headed into the 5th. With Marcus Corso holding the Lincoln bats in check, an infield error followed by a Kevin Gomez homerun gave Lincoln new life with a 4-2 lead.
In the 5th and 6th, Tracy had minimal offensive action and the score remained 4-2. With Kieran Davis on in relief and working through the Lincoln lineup, more bad luck appeared for Tracy as mental mistakes and errors became costly causing Lincoln to surge to a 7-2 lead in the top of the 7th.
With the fans packing up their items assuming a Lincoln victory, Tracy began to mount their dramatic comeback in the bottom of the 7th. Daniel Turner singled, Nick Ditlevson flied to left for the first out. Josh Alvarado homered to make the score 7-4. Ryan Dzoan was hit by a pitch. Kieran Davis walked and Paxton Andrade ran for him. Drew Tavares singled to load the bases. Carlos Vasquez then singled to left to score Dzoan making it 7-5. Derick Corell then had a sac fly to center that scored Andrade making it 7-6. With Angelo on 2nd running for Tagvares, Myles Walker hit a ball into left and Angelo was sent home. A good throw by the left fielder to the plate was in time and ended the game at 7-6.
Corso, M. (L) 5 IP, 4R, 7H, 2ER, 4K, 0BB, 78 pitches
Davis 1 2/3 IP, 3R, 3H, 0ER, 1K, 0BB, 25 pitches
Bejines 1/3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER. 0K, 0BB, 9 pitches
Tuesday, May 1
TRACY DEFEATS LINCOLN IN GAME 1 OF 3 THIS WEEK
No fake news in this game as Matt Nunes was the real deal and the lead story in the Tracy win over Lincoln. "He was the man of the day," said Alkire. "We had just come off of three tough losses this past week and we needed a correction and Matt gave us that spark to reset our league play. He was really outstanding against the Trojan bats."
"It was interesting how it played out," said Alkire. "In the first inning he gave up three hits to the first six batters. From then on he faced 21 batters and only gave up 1 hit.
Offensively the Bulldogs were not very overpowering today. All their scoring came in the 5th and Alkire was amused as to how it happened. "Those 3 runs came with 2 outs and involved 3 hit batters, a walk, 1 error, and an infield hit that rolled dead."
Tracy mounted a couple of other scoring opportunities in the 4th and 6th innings, but those eventually fizzled.
"We hope to keep the momentum going on the mound Thursday when we start Marcus Corso at home," said Alkire.
Pitching - Matt Nunes (W) 7 IP, 1R, 4H, 1ER, 5K, 2BB, 94 pitches
Saturday, April 28
ST. MARY'S VARSITY SWEEPS TRACY IN CLOSE GAME
In a close pitchers duel between Kyle Mulhern and Ben Miller both teams put two runs on the board in the third and would then hold each other scoreless until the bottom of the 7th when it would be decided. The Rams Christian Almanza was the difference maker as he homered in the 3rd for the first St. Mary's run and then singled in the 7th to bring home the winning run. Other than those two hits, Mulhern limited St. Mary's to just two other hits in the game. Ryan Dzoan was 2 for 3 with and RBI, Daniel Turner was 1-2, Nick Ditlevson was 1-3 with a double, and Kieran Davis was 1-1 with an RBI.
The three loses this week puts the Bulldogs in 4th place in the TCAL at 4-5 behind Lodi 5-4, Lincoln 6-3, and the high flying Rams at 9-0. Tracy now needs some wins against Lincoln in order to improve their playoff seeding. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the TCAL is one of the leagues allowing 4 playoff qualifiers starting on Tuesday May 15th (brackets here)
Pitching: Mulhern (L) 6 1/3 IP, 3R, 4H, 3ER, 4K, 5BB, 2 HBP, 108 pitches
Thursday, April 26
HEARTBREAK ON THE HOME FIELD
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It looked like things might go Tracy's way today and the Bulldogs were perched to hand St. Mary's their first league loss, but the thunderous bats of the Rams fought back twice to beat down the Bulldogs. The game started with Marcus Corso pitching well through four innings limiting the Rams to just 1 hit and no runs. Meanwhile the Tracy bats had been able to develop a 3-0 lead. But in the start of the 5th, the Rams punished the Bulldogs with 6 hits including 2 homeruns, a triple, and a double.
Trailing 6-3, the Bulldogs entered the bottom of the 5th with a lot of work to do. The St. Mary's pitching helped the Bulldogs get back in this one with 3 straight walks. Carlos Vasquez reached on a fielders choice to score one run, and then Derick Corell had the at bat of his varsity career when he drove a ball to right center for a 3 run homerun.
Now up 7-6, the Bulldogs turned to Ethan Bejines to hold the slim lead. He delivered in the 6th, keeping the Rams off the bases. In the 7th the victory slipped away from the Dogs as the Rams generated 4 runs on 3 walks, 2 singles, and a homerun by Jordan Hernandez.
Corell would lead all Bulldog batters with a 2-3 day generating 4 RBIs on a double in the 2nd and the homerun in the 5th. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, if you take away Corell's firepower, you had only two Bulldogs with singles in this game however Tracy was able to generate baserunners and scoring thanks to 8 walks given up by the Rams pitching.
Coach Alkire saw some similarities in Thursday's game to the first one played on Tuesday. "While today had more scoring, I think we just gave the Rams to many free bases and that is something you can't give a talented team. We gave them 9 free bases with walks and errors. When you help them out, it makes the chore of winning the game very difficult."
"I was really happy for the game Derick Corell had. He is a good kid and has not had a lot of playing time this year. He works hard at practice and has a positive attitude. It paid off for him today as he had a double, homerun, and four RBIs. Drew Tavares was another player I want to highlight. He is so solid for us. He is a tough kid and he really showed it today with the injury. We probably should have pulled him and let him have a breather, but he was insistent on staying in the game."
"While a league loss against St. Mary's hurts, I was pleased with the fight our team had during those seven innings. They pursued vicotry all the way unitl the end, and I let our players know that I appreciated their never say die fight," said Alkire.
Corso, M. 4 IP, 4R, 6H, 4ER, 2K, 1BB, 1HR
Bejines (L) 2 IP, 5R, 4H, 3ER, 1K, 1BB, 1HR
Corso, J. 2/3 IP, 2R, 2H, 2ER, 1K, 2BB
Friday, April 27
VIDEO OF THURSDAY'S HOMERUN BY CORELL
Flashback to Thursday - Video of Derick Corell's 3 run homerun courtesy of Billie Tavares located at this link
VARSITY SLIP FURTHER BACK IN TCAL WITH LOSS TO ST. MARY'S
Coach Alkire was direct and to the point in his late night press conference on Tuesday. "St. Mary's is a very good team this year and you can't make many mistakes or you will pay," said Alkire. "Even though it may not look like it in the stats on display, Matt Nunes did a pretty good job on the mound today for us. It was not until the 3rd inning that he gave up a hit to St. Mary's. Where are team got into trouble was the free passes. We had six walks, three hit by pitches, and three errors today. When you put twelve runners on base without them earning a base hit, you are going to pay for it. They certainly broke the game open in the 4th with five runs."
"I thought we had a lot of good at bats today. We ended up with seven hits against Dylan Fagundes who may just be the best pitcher in our league," said Alkire.
Nunes (L) 5 IP, 6R, 6H, 5ER, 3K, 6BB, 112 pitches
Mulhern 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 0K, 0BB, 6 pitches
Friday, April 20
VARSITY MAKE LARGE COMEBACK TO SALVAGE SERIES AGAINST TOKAY
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Tracy rebounded from a bad start thanks to good relief pitching and extra special hitting from Josh Alvarado, Kieran Davis, Carlos Vasquez, and Ryan Dzoan.
After the first inning, things were not looking good for Tracy as they had a 6 run hole that required extraction. It would not take long to breathe life back in the Tracy dugout as with 2 outs in the 2nd, Will Schaff worked a walk, Daniel Turner singled, and then Josh Alvarado took a 1-0 pitch over the fence in left to give Tracy a spark and cut the Tokay lead to 6-3.
With Joey Corso on in relief for Kyle Mulhern, Corso settled things down and kept Tokay in check while the Tracy bats worked their way back and then piled on some needed insurance. In the bottom of the 3rd, Kieran Davis hit a hard double to left, Drew Tavares walked, and then Carlos Vasquez tripled to collect two RBIs and get the score to within one run at 6-5.
In the bottom of the 4th, Tracy sealed the win as Alvarado singled, Davis doubled again to score Alvarado, and Tavares walked. Ryan Dzoan then singled hard to right to score Njamfa (running for Davis) and Tavares. Brentley Bergmann singled, Will Schaff singled to score Dzoan. Myles Walker (running for Bergmann) would eventually score on a throwing attempt in the infield. This gave Tracy a comfortable 11-6 lead.
As Kieran Davis held Tokay in check in the 5th with his variety of pitches, Tracy added 3 more runs as Bejines walked, Tavares was hit by a pitch, and Vasquez tripled to score Bejines and Corso who was pinch running. Vasquez later scored the final run when Dzoan singled to right. For Vasquez, he led all batters with 4 RBIs and 2 triples.
For Coach Alkire, he thought the early part of the game might go the same way as Thursday night. We were down several runs and we already had 5 outs recorded with no offense. I thought, here we go again, and then Will Schaff was patient at the plate and worked a walk. Daniel Turner had a nice infield single, and then Josh hammered the ball over the fence. It felt good to finally bust some offense open," said Alkire.
Alkire also illuminated another key element of the game that happened early. "We had to go to Joey Corso in the game very early as the first 8 batters of the game had done some damage against Kyle Mulhern. Joey gave up two hits, but then got that important 3rd out of the first inning. In the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings he retired all the batters and that just settled things down giving us time to get back in the game. Kieran Davis followed Joey and also performed well keeping Tokay off the board."
Alkire also referenced the hitting of Carlos Vasquez as a key to the game. "He had a 2 run triple in the 3rd inning and another with 2 outs in the 5th. He had a nice day at the plate helping to propel us to victory."
"We asked our players to evaluate the difference between Thursday's game and today's, and the answer was pretty straight forward. We took the balls up the middle or to right and made the adjustments that we couldn't do last night."
For Tracy they finish the second week of league at 4-2 wishing they had a little better league record as they now enter the toughest two weeks. The first game next week will be at St. Mary's on Tuesday with Matt Nunes getting the ball for the Bulldogs.
Kyle Mulhern 2/3 IP, 6R, 4H, 6ER, 1K, 1BB, 31 pitches
Joey Corso (W) 3 1/3 IP, 0R, 3H, 0ER, 1K, 1BB, 33 pitches
Kieran Davis 2 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 0K, 0BB, 2HBP 23 pitches
Bejines 1 IP, 2R, 3H, 0ER, 0K, 0BB, 17 pitches
Thursday, April 19
TRACY STUMBLES IN 2-1 LOSS TO TOKAY
The Bulldogs could only generate 4 hits, all of which came in the first three innings, and then never placed a runner on base after the third as Tokay pushed what would be the winning run across the plate in the bottom of the 6th to upset Tracy on Thursday. In addition to quiet hitting, the Bulldogs were infected with 5 errors in this game which now gives them 32 in the 15 games played.
Marcus Corso threw well and deserved a win had his offense helped him just a little. Ethan Bejines came on in relief for the last two outs in the 6th inning. Corso was 5 1/3 IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 3K, 1BB.
For Coach Alkire, it was a frustrating evening watching the team come up short when Marcus Corso was having such a good day on the mound. "Marcus really was the high point for us. He did very well and deserved a win today, but we had too many errors and our bats did not perform as we had hoped they would," said Alkire. "We had emphasized in practice being patient at the plate but we made it easy on Tokay with 13 fly ball outs and only 4 ground balls to field today." Alkire complimented the Tokay pitcher as well. "Nick Frisk was solid out there for the Tigers, as he retired our last 13 batters of the game."
Another positive nugget in the game was the play of Drew Tavares behind the plate. "He was outstanding defensively for us. In the third and fourth inning, Drew made diving and sliding catches on pop ups and also threw out a runner trying to steal second base. In all three instances, he helped get us out of some jambs," said Alkire.
Alkire had a positive way to flush the loss. "We don't have to dwell on this one very long, as we go right back out tomorrow at 4 p.m. and try to take the series. Kyle Mulhern will be on the bump for us at Monte Vista."
Bottom of the 6th. Tokay has singled, bunted, and had a sac fly to score a run and take the lead.
Bottom of the 4th: Tracy has had two errors in this inning allowing an unearned run.
Top of the 2nd: Angelo singles to start off the inning and advances on a stolen base. Bergmann singles him home.
Wednesday, April 18
QUICK CLIP OF MATT NUNES PITCHING
Here is a 30 second clip of Matt in action on Tuesday. VIEW HERE
Tuesday, April 17
TRACY REBOUNDS FROM SLOW START TO DEFEAT TOKAY 6-4
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Tracy escaped this one with a two run victory over Tokay today but it never should have been this close. Matt Nunes started off the afternoon completely controlling the Tigers lineup as he retired the first 9 batters, including striking out the side in the top of the third. The Tracy offense could only muster one run early as Josh Alvarado doubled to lead off the game and Ryan Dzoan doubled to drive him home. As Nunes cruised and the Tracy bats fell silent, Tracy seemed to sleepwalk through the middle innings.
Tokay got a little action going in the top of the 4th as they generated two singles to score a run. With the game tied at one, Dylan Angelo gave Tracy the lead when he singled home Tavares who had left off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Tracy had more scoring opportunities that inning but their momentum quickly fizzled.
With Nunes shutting down Tokay in the 5th, it looked like Tracy was going to break through with some action in the bottom of the 5th but with 1 out and the bases loaded, another rally faded.
In the top of the 6th, Tokay put the pressure on Tracy as they executed some small ball and generated three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Nunes kept his composure and worked hard to finish the inning and limit any further damage.
The game finally went Tracy's way in the bottom of the 6th as they found their offensive rhythm. Brentley Bergmann led off the inning with a long fly ball to center for a double. With 1 out, Paxton Andrade worked a walk. Alvarado singled, Dzoan hit a sac fly to right to score Njamfa running for Bergmann, and then Carlos Vasquez doubled to drive home a run. Andrew Tavares then singled to center to drive in Alvarado and Vasquez for the go ahead runs.
Nunes returned to the hill in the top of the 7th to take care of business and get the complete game victory over Tokay. Nunes would finish the day with a 5 hitter throwing 97 pitches. It was his second league victory and fourth win of the season.
"It was pretty obvious we came out a bit flat," said Coach Alkire. "Matt Nunes was sharp the first three innings retiring those first nine batters. He ran into a little trouble in 4th and 6th, but he worked through it which is a good sign of character. We didn't support him real well offensively, but I thought Matt showed his senior experience working through some challenging scenarios."
"We seem to have a team personality that when we're challenged such as when we entered the bottom of the 6th down by two runs, that we wake up and respond. Brentley doubled on the second pitch of the inning, and after 1 out, Andrade walked, Alvarado then had an infield single. Dzoan did a nice job with his sac fly to right to get us to within a run. Then Vasquez doubled to bring in the tying run which released some pressure. The key hit after that was Tavares single up the middle to score the go ahead runs. The team has responded like this in several games this year and they have a way of responding tackling adversity late in games. It is not the way I would prefer to handle our games, but it has been effective," said Alkire.
"During the game we tried to tell our batters to stay back and take the ball to right or up the middle, but just about every batter was attempting to pull the ball today, so postgame Coach Goulding gathered the team and emphasized the approach we wanted via a a batting drill. It was an appropriate technique for Coach Goulding to employ at that time," said Alkire.
"Tokay did not commit any errors and they capitalized on the opportunities we gave them today. I think they have themselves a good team and the 0-4 start is not indicative of how good they are," said Alkire. The Bulldogs will play at Zupo Field at 6 p.m. Thursday after the JV game.
Nunes (W) 7 IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 4K, 2BB, 97 pitches
Saturday, April 14
VARSITY CRUISE TO 12-0 VICTORY OVER ANTIOCH
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Tracy playing in their 4th game in 5 days had a rather relaxing game against Anticoh today. With the sun shining and the suntan lotion in high demand, the players quickly put this game out of reach in the first inning. " I thought we did a nice job scoring 8 runs in the first and getting some key hits with runners in scoring position," said Coach Alkire. "We had 2 outs before we scored those first 8 runs."
It was a game of firsts today. For the Bulldogs who average dozens of homeruns each year, they had yet to have one clear the fence in 2018. On Josh Alvarado's third at bat he hit a 3-2 pitch out of the park in left. Another first was having Will Schaff and Kieran Davis on the mound this year for the first time. It was nice to get these pitchers healthy and returning to the pitching mound. We have been down pitching the first part of the year and even though it is just one inning, it's something to build on."
Alvarado and Davis each had 3 RBIs on the day with Davis' being a 2 out bases loaded hit which drove in the first 2 runs of the game.
"It was good to see Ditlevson and Walker play an entire game. They each played very well. They did not know when they came to the yard today that they were going to get the start, and they responded very well to the call for action," said Alkire.
Bejines (W) 2 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K, 0BB, 0ER, 31 pitches
Schaff 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 0BB, 0ER, 12 pitches
Corso, J. 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 1BB, 0ER, 17 pitches
Davis 1 IP, 0R, 1H, 2K, 0BB, 0ER, 12 pitches
Friday, April 13
VARSITY GET TWO IN THE FIRST INNING AND THEN CONTAIN THE FLAMES FOR THE NEXT 6 INNINGS
"Kyle Mulhern was very good on the mound today," said a very happy Coach Alkire. "He was so efficient out there today throwin a limited number of pitches each inning. He was under 13 pitches every inning until the 7th. If you look back at yesterday, this Lodi team had 12 runs, and today Kyle was able to limit them to one today, and that was on an error. He was ahead of the batters all day."
Tracy got their runs all in the first when they started with a 1-0 deficit. Andrew Tavares singled in Ryan Dzoan and then Carlos Vasquez scored on a wild pitch.
Mulhen (W) 7 IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 2K, 1BB, 89 pitches
Thursday, April 12
TRACY GETS HAMMERED IN LODI FOR FIRST LEAGUE LOSS
Tracy could not muster much offense on Thursday at Zupo Field as the only scoring would come in the 5th on back to back doubles by Paxton Andrade and Josh Alvarado. Ryan Dzoan would single in Alvarado for the 2nd run as he had a nice afternoon at the plate with three hits.
"Lodi played a really solid game today against us," said Coach Alkire. "I've been watching them a bit this year and they have a well rounded team that can put some offensive production together."
"We found ourselves even through two innings, but the wheels came off the bus in the 3rd and 4th and then it was an 11-0 game. Our players could not make the adjustments at the plate that was necessary to effectively engage the Flames pitcher. The only bright spot was Ryan Dzoan who did figure it out going 3-3 with an RBI."
"We will see tomorrow if this thumping serves as motivation for us in our 3rd and final game with Lodi. I like our chances with Kyle Mulhern on the mound," said an optimistic Coach Alkire.
Corso, M. (L) 2 2/3 IP, 6H, 7R, 1K, 3BB 63 pitches
Corso J. 1 1/3 IP, 4R, 3H, 2ER, 0K, 1BB, 26 pitches
Ditlevson 1 1/3 IP, 1R, 3H, 1ER, 0K, 2BB, 49 pitches
Tuesday, April 10
VARSITY HOSE DOWN THE FLAMES IN LEAGUE OPENER
"Matt Nunes pitched well for us today getting that all important first league victory. You don't want to fall behind early in the short 15 game league format, so you have to get these early season wins Nunes had his rough patches in this game but worked his way through them," said Alkire.
"We stole 7 of 9 bases attempted today and that was certainly a key to the game and likely something that will make up our identity this year as a baseball team. Two key hits today each happened with two outs. Paxton Andrade tied the game for us in the 2nd when he hit a ball up the middle and Daniel Turner gave us a cushion in the bottom of the 5th when he took a 7 pitch at bat and drove a ball to right center to score two."
Nunes (W) 6 1/3 IP, 3R, 8H, 1ER, 10K, 1BB, 110 Pitches
Corso 2/3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 1K, 0BB, 11 pitches
Thursday, April 5
VARSITY COME UP ONE RUN SHORT AGAINST FRANKLIN
The Bulldogs were limited to only 5 hits on Thursday and got down early in this game against Franklin of Elk Grove. Bulldog pitching was distributed between starter Matt Nunes who gave up 4 earned runs, Kyle Mulhern and Marcus Corso.
"After the first 5 batters we were down by 4 runs, but we battled back and played a real good game from that point on," said Coach Vic Alkire. "We walked six batters and hit two, so giving up 8 free runners is something we have to clean up before league."
"I was very impressed with our defensive play, especially Dylan Angelo who was filling in for Bejines at third. He made several stellar plays at the corner along with the plays of Josh Alvarado and Will Smith in the outfield.
"Although we took a loss today, I think this is one of those games that provides an excellent learning platform from which we can draw on when we are in a tough league situation in the weeks ahead," said Alkire.
Nunes (L) 2 IP, 4R, 2H, 4ER, 1BB, 3K, 40 pitches
Mulhern 2 IP,, 1R, 3H, 1ER, 2B, 0K, 42 pitches
Corso 3 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 3B, 1K, 53 pitches
Webmaster Note: I'm very sorry I was not there today to provide photo coverage. I'm dealing with an elderly parent health issue out of state and will be gone for awhile. I'll be keeping the website updated in a timely manner.
Thursday, March 29
TRACY FINISHES BORAS CLASSIC WITH 3 WINS WITH VICTORY IN FINAL GAME OVER STOCKDALE
Tracy held on to defeat Stockdale of Bakersfield in the final game of the Boras Classic on Thursday afternoon. Derick Corell came up big at the plate with 2 RBIs in the first on a hit to right field that scored Alvarado and Vasquez. Corell would come back in the top of the 5th to drive in Dzoan on another hit to right. He would end up with 3 RBIs on the day. Drew Tavares also contributed with the other 2RBIs for the Bulldogs as he went 2 for 3 as well.
On the mound Kyle Mulhern took on the Stockdale bats through 4 innings only allowing 1 unearned run and 3 hits.
The varsity went 3-1 in the Boras Classic and are now rewarded with several days off before they return on Tuesday for practice. One pre-season game remains next Saturday vs Bear Creek and then the all important TCAL league play begins.
"I was really pleased with the way Kyle Mulhern pitched today considering this was his second game on the mound this week," said Coach Vic Alkire. "He came in and was very efficient in his four inning, 51 pitch performance. He only gave up one unearned run and I thought he did a great job setting the tone at the beginning of the game. Joey Corso then entered the game and he too was out on the bump for the 2nd time this week. He got into a couple of difficult situations but never let things get too far out of hand for us. With one out and two on in the bottom of the 7th, we decided to hand the ball to Josh Alvarado. Josh got us a fly out and ground out to Carlos Vasquez at short to end the game. It was a stressful situation and he responded well in the moment," said Alkire.
"Offensively I was real pleased with Derick Corell batting in the five hole. He was 2-3 with 3RBIs. In the first inning he came to the plate with two outs he delivered with a clutch hit to get us the 2-0 lead. It was a nice comeback for Derick after being out of the lineup recenty. In the 5th inning we were up 3-1 and had two outs again. Drew Taveres drove in two runs at that moment to put us up 5-1 which made us all feel pretty comfortable. Turned out we really need that cushion because of the stressful seventh inning."
"I'm pleased with the way we played in the Boras tournament this week. I challenged the team not to be flat today after playing several games this week. They rose to the challenge and played a very competitive seven innings of baseball," said a satisfied Coach Alkire.
Kyle Mulhern (W) 4 IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 1K, 1BB, 51 pitches
Joey Corso 2 1/3 IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0K, 3BB, 62 pitches
Josh Alvarado (S) 2/3 IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0K, 1BB, 16 pitches
Wednesday, March 28
TRACY DEFEATS DAVIS IN 9 INNINGS 4-3
"Marcus Corso was very good tonight on the mound. He gave up a homerun on the first pitch of the game and then only gave up one more run (unearned) down the road in the 4th. He went 6+ innings and did an outstanding job for us," said a very satisfied Coach Alkire.
"Ethan Bejines came in early in the 7th and took us the rest of the way, but not without some drama. He was in a tough situation in the 8th and 9th where Davis could have won the game on a score. In the 8th Davis had runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out and he retired the last two batters in a row. In the 9th, Davis had scored one, had the bases loaded, and he struck out the final batter to win the game."
"Defensively, in the bottom of the 6th inning, Daniel Turner made a diving catch in left that likely saved two runs and ended the inning. It was probably a game saving catch for us, because it allowed us to stay close to Davis and we were able to come back and tie the game with 2 runs in the 7th."
"One of the key offensive plays of the game came with two outs in the top of the 9th with Turner on 3rd and Tavares on 1st. Josh Alvarado scorched a ball down the left field line that went all the way to the fence. Alvarado hustled into 3rd and we now had a two run lead which was just enough for us to leave Sacramento with a win."
The Bulldogs will play Stockdale of Bakersfield on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the final game of the week. After that the varsity get a treat of four days off. They will return to practice Tuesday - Friday of next week at 10 a.m. each day.
Pitching: Marcus Corso 6+ IP, 5H, 2R, 1ER, 1K, 2BB, 104 pitches
Ethan Bejines (W) 3 IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3K, 4BB, 48 pitches
Monday, March 26
BULLDOGS SPLIT IN FIRST DAY OF BORAS CLASSIC DESPITE SLOPPY PLAY
Coach Alkire had plenty to talk about as he recapped the two games played today in Sacramento. "We gave up 16 runs today and 13 of them were unearned. We had nine errors on the day and all that combined is not a recipe for winning baseball. We are lucky to get a split, but that is a testament to our pitching which I frankly thought did pretty good today," said Alkire.
"In game 1 we were down 6-4 and came back to tie it in the 6th. San Benito had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th, but we got a force out at home (Dzoan to Tavares at home). With two outs and the bases loaded, Bejines got their batter to line out to Dzoan at 2nd base to hold off that threat and give us a chance in the 8th which we delivered on. Bejines then shut down the San Benito bats in the bottom of the 8th to bring home the win."
One positive I take away today is how we battled in both games. Even though the score looks a bit lopsided in game 2, we did trim a 8-1 deficit down to 8-4 and we put some runners in scoring position in the 5th and 6th, but could not get the execution needed to generate the runs in those innings."
"Our goal is to win a lot of games this year and be in a position to make the playoffs and make another run at the title. We cannot afford more games like today where so many errors and unearned runs are being delivered to our opponents," said Alkire.
The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Monday, March 26
TRACY FALLS IN GAME 2 TO CARDINAL NEWMAN
In the 2nd game of the day, Tracy once again put a run on the board in the first with a single by Ryan Dzoan, a walk by Bejines and Tavares. Dzoan then scored on a wild pitch. Cardinal Newman responded in the bottom of the inning by getting two runners on with consecutive hit by pitches. A Tracy infield error would then allow 2 runs to score. 6 more runs would be added by Cardinal Newman in the bottom of the 2nd when the bats came alive for five hits and a sac bunt.
Tracy mounted a small comeback in the top of the 4th when Vasquez led off with a single, Andrade singled to score Vasquez, and Alvarado doubled to score Andrade. Dzoan then singled to score Alvarado to tighten up the game to 8-4 at that point, but Tracy was unable to get any further run production the last three innings.
Mulhern (L) 2 IP, 6H, 8R, 3ER, 4K, 0BB, 64 pitches
Corso 3 IP, 2H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 0BB, 52 pitches
Alvarado 1 IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 2K, 2BB, 34 pitches
Monday, March 26
BULLDOGS WIN GAME 1 AGAINST SAN BENITO
The Bulldogs defeated San Benito in the 10 a.m. early game 8-6 but it was a very sloppy 10 error 8 inning game to get the win. The Bulldogs jumped out to an early score with San Benito generating 3 errors, two walks, and two wild pitches allowing Tracy to plate four runners without a hit. Tracy would give 1 run back in the bottom of the first when San Benito had 3 hits to make it 4-1.
The Haybalers tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd on a combination of hits, Tracy errors and two sacrifice flys.
Tracy was unable to do any damage to the scoreboard through the 4th inning, but San Benito added two more in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.
In the 5th, Tracy got one run added when Ryan Dzoan singled and Bejines doubled behind him. Drew Tavares grounded out to score Dzoan. In the 6th Tracy plated one more as Carlso Vasquez led off and reached on an error, Dylan Angelo singled, and then Will Schaff hit a line drive to right that scored Vasquez.
With the score tied after 7 innings, Tracy wasted no time taking the lead in the top of the 8th as Vasquez led off with a double, Schaff singled, Andrade got hit by a pitch and then Alvarado and Dzoan each reached on errors scoring Vasquez and Schaff.
Matt Nunes got the start for Tracy pitching 6 1/3 innings of 6 hit/6 run ball. Ethan Bejines pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up only 2 walks.
(updated stats by Coach as of 9 p.m. slightly different than shown on Gamechanger)
Nunes 6 1/3 IP, 6H, 6R, 0ER, 4K, 3BB, 109 pitches
Bejines (W) 1 2/3 IP 0H, 0R, 0ER 0K, 2BB, 22 pitches
TWO PITCHES IN
Saturday, March 24
TWO VIDEOS POSTED
What do you do when you dedicate the day to covering a baseball game and you only get two pitches in? You come home look at the little bit of images you have and try to find a way to make a rain out interesting for your audience. Here are two videos:
1) 2 minute slideshow - HERE
2) 30 second time lapse of conditions - HERE
Monday, March 19
LIBERTY VARSITY HANDS TRACY FIRST LOSS OF THE YEAR
For Coach Alkire, the postgame press conference was simple and short. "We faced a good team today with solid pitching. Combine that with our team who lacked some mental focus today, were not quite prepared, and produced some sloppy play on the field and you get a 7-1 Tracy loss. We can learn a few things from how today played out and I'm confident the players recognize that. We are a younger team and there will likely be more hard lessons like today for us to experience as the season goes on," said Alkire. The Bulldogs will return to action (with focus) on Thursday at Turlock.
Game Summary: Josh Alvarado would score the only Tracy run of the day early on in the first inning when he walked, advanced on a Ryan Dzoan single and eventually scored on a passed ball. After that the Tracy bats only generated one more hit in the game (another Dzoan single) and otherwise remained silent with 10 strikeouts while Liberty capitalized on several Tracy errors and the Lions generated seven of their own hits to provide the Bulldogs with their first loss on the year.
Tracy threw four pitchers in this game with Marcus Corso getting the start working 3 1/3 innings.
Unofficial Stats as of 7 p.m.
Corso, M. (L) 3 1/3 IP, 6R, 6H, 3ER, 2K, 1BB, 57 pitches
Corso, J. 2/3 IP, 1R, 1H, 1ER, 1K, 1BB, 16 pitches
Bejines 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 1K, 0BB, 11 pitches
Alvarado 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 1K, 1BB, 13 pitches
Saturday, March 17
VARSITY GETS GOOD PITCHING TO DEFEAT BERKELEY 5-2
Nunes (W) 5 IP, 2R, 2H, 8Ks, 4BB, 1ER, 87 pitches
Mulhern 2 IP, 0R, 1H, 1K, 0BB, 0ER, 23 pitches
"We faced a good team tonight and had excellent pitching from Nunes and Mulhern to help get us the victory, said Coach Alkire. " The only runs Berekely generated came on walked batters." When Mulhern came in he faced only 6 batters in the final 2 innings. He got a ground ball double play to end the game."
"Our defense was very good tonight. Vasquez played a solid game at short executing three very good plays including the game ending double play."
"We started slow on offense but made contact most of the game only striking out once. Our pitching set the tone and the bench was excellent We were down 2-0 early but had a good attitude and spirit on the bench. We never got down and that helped prepare us for our late inning rally."
Saturday, March 10
TRACY NABS SECOND WIN OF SEASON WITH 13-1 VICTORY OVER KIMBALL
"Our pitching was excellent today with Kyle Mulhern throwing strikes right from the beginning" said a satisfied Coach Alkire in his Saturday night press conference. Josh Alvarado entering a new role as a relief pitcher had a nice inning in relief as well. "Our hitting was really solid today. We seemed to have a good approach at the plate and did not over swing. Ethan Bejines, Andrew Tavares, Derick Corell, Dylan Angelo, and Will Schaff each had multiple hits. We did not show a lot of power with our bats but we put the ball in play and applied the pressure with singles and doubles. I was very pleased with the lineup. Our defense was also really pure today fielding every play," said Alkire.
Mulhern (W) 4 IP, 1R, 2H, 2K, 0BB, 1ER, 52 pitches
Alvarado 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 2K, 0BB, 0ER, 12 pitches
Thursday, March 8
TRACY GETS DECISIVE WIN IN FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR
Coaches Comments: "It was a sloppy opening day game with 10 combined errors," said Coach Alkire. "We did a lot of nice things but there was no continuity to the game. Our offensive approach was good as we worked through some of the choppiness of the game. Our pitching was the lead story. Matt Nunes was on from the start throwing 26 pitches for strikes out of 32 total he hurled. Ethan Bejines did what he was asked to do and just didn't get the support he should of in the field. Marcus Corso did a nice job closing things out with 3 strikeouts.
Game Summary: Matt Nunes dominated in the Bulldog season opener throwing 3 innings of no hit ball and accumulating 6 strikeouts. He got a lot of help from his offense even before stepping on the mound. In the first set of at bats, Tracy got rolling with a single by Alvarado which was followed by an inside the park homerun from Ryan Dzoan. Andrew Tavares reached on an error and would later score on a single by Derick Corell.
Alvarado led all Tracy bats with 3 hits and a triple. Doubles were generated by Dylan Angelo and Will Schaff.
Nunes (W) 3 IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 6Ks, 32 pitches
Bejines 1 IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 1B, 1K, 24 pitches
Corso, M. 1 IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K, 13 pitches
TRACY HIGH BASEBALL