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PREP ROUNDUP: Marysville, River Valley softball ousted from playoffs
The Marysville High softball team's quest for a section title came to an abrupt end on Friday night following a frustrating 6-4 loss to Linden in the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs at the Arnaiz Softball Complex in Stockton.
The Indians went on to outhit the Lions 15-7 in the game, but they couldn't get the key knock with runners in scoring position, leaving 15 runners stranded on base.
"We just couldn't get that clutch hit," said Marysville coach Maurice Clavelle. "The girls played well and I'm proud of them. We had a great season. Today was just one of those games."
Jocelynn Talosig led the way for the Indians by going 3 for 4. Ashten Welch went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and younger sister Morgan Welch finished 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs as well.
Brina Buttacavoli was 2 for 3 and Maddy Harvell and Taylor Ferrari both went 2 for 4 with a double. Ashten Welch struck out five to absorb the tough-luck loss for Marysville, which ended the year with a 23-6 overall record.
Whitney 3, River Valley 2
The Falcons were edged in their Division III playoff game at the Sacramento Softball Complex, despite Mikayla Brown's five-hit performance from the circle.
Brown only allowed one baserunner after the third inning, but by then, the damage had been done.
Whitney scored three runs early and ended the Falcons' season in the second round. They finished 17-8 overall.
Hailey Shelton led River Valley at the plate by going 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI, while Brown, Ashlee Paterno and Sarah Wirrig each had a hit.
TRACK & FIELD
Pirates compete at D-II meet
Wheatland's track and field team saw several strong performances the Northern Section Division II meet in Yreka.
Colton Sanders led the way for the Pirates' boys varsity team by taking second in the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet.
The 400-meter relay team of Damane Tenner, Garrett White, Tyler Larcom and Andrew Tirado placed third in a time of 44.57 seconds and Tenner also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.41.
On the varsity girls side, Emma Willard led the way by taking third in the pole vault with a mark of 8 feet, 6 inches.
In frosh-soph boys competition, Noah Ocker placed second in the high jump (5-2), while Tyler Hayes placed second in the shot put (45-3.75).
Kenneth Perinchief placed third in the 200 (24.74) and the 1600-meter relay team of Kenneth Perinchief, Donovan Young, Armando Grimaldi and Julian Harrison took second with a time of 4 minutes, 4.44 seconds.
Daya Wilson led the way in frosh-soph girls competition by winning the 200 (27.5) and placing second in the 100 (13.24), while Kelsey Harris took second in the 400 (1:05.32).
The 400 relay team of Wilson, Sophia Harrison, Sydney Malone and Marrisa Mullen also took first (53.24), and the 1600 relay team of Harrison, Kelsey Harris, Asijana Entiene and Sariah Garcia placed second (4:45.05).
Y.C.'s Harper advances to Masters Meet
Yuba City's Davis Harper bested the entire list of shot putters at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III trials at Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks on Wednesday, posting a distance of 51-8 to advance to next week's section Masters Meet.
The Honkers' 400 relay team of Ralphie Lara, Greg Pugh, Tyler Mosley and Nathan Gilming ran a season-best time of 44.39, and the 1600 relay team of Jo an Fernandez, Ralphie Lara, Greg Pugh and Tyler Mosley timed in at a season-best mark of 3:38.62, but both did not qualify for Masters.
Junior stoundout Louis Mowers ran the 110-meter hurdles in 16.77 and the 300 hurdles in 42.57, but failed to qualify in both events.
Sophomore Tyler Mayhew had a distance of 40-6 in the shot put, Pugh ran 53.71 in the 400 and Fernandez ran 2:04.41 in the 800 to round out the marks for the Honker boys.
Yuba City's girls 400 relay team of Cindy Haymore, Savannah Shoup, Michelle Snyder and Crystal Hofer recorded a time 57.04, which was near their season best. The 1600 team of Haymore, Shoup, Snyder and Harpreet Kaur recorded one of their best marks of the year as well with a time 4:56.33.
Both teams did not qualify.
On Friday, Destiny Fleenor competed in the shot put, Tyler Mayhew in the boys discus, Fernandez and Jose Guzman in the 1600, Guzman in the 3200 and Kate Aldridge and Holly McAlister in the 3200.
Falcons' Arnold moving on
The River Valley High track & field team pulled off some success at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II-III sub-section preliminaries on Wednesday at Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks.
In the finals of the girls' triple jump, freshman Mackenzie Arnold continued her quest for a state meet appearance with a leap of 36 feet, 1⁄2 inch to set a new school record and finish third out of 24 qualifiers. She will compete at the Masters next week.
In the boys' triple jump, freshman Devin Cates set a new school record by leaping 41-9.5, but fell short of the top eight to compete next week.
River Valley's girls 400-meter relay team of senior Kiana Pedraza and freshmen Quinta Pedraza, Shagun Bali and Emily Uttecht ran a season-best time of 53.06 seconds for 18th place out of 23 teams. Fellow freshman Shaina Rasul ran 1 minute, 5 seconds in the 400, and freshman Lauren Kroeger ran a personal best 2:27.60 in the 800 for 12th place out of 24 runners.