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Season Boasted Two Sets Of Softball Sisters
The Lopez sisters are one of two sets of sisters who played softball for the Lady Bruins this year. Janeiya Lopez, 11, plays pitcher, as does sister Jynessa Lopez, 1. Janeiya, a senior next year, is right-handed while Jynessa, who will be a sophomore, is a lefty who bats right. Ric McGinnis/The News
The Vargas twins are another set of sisters that suited up for softball this past season for the Lady Bruins of Riverbank High School. On the left, number 7, is Denise Vargas, who plays catcher. Sister Desirae, 5, plays second base. The pair will be juniors next year, and each bats right handed. Ric McGinnis/The News

The dust has settled on the 2022 softball season at Riverbank High School, even the classrooms are quiet following the completion of the academic year, with graduation at the end of May.

This season featured plenty of success for the varsity Lady Bruins on the softball field. They were fourth in the highly competitive Trans-Valley League and made the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, seeded fifth in the Division 5 bracket. They were winners in the first round, defeating Colfax, but then fell to number one seed Calaveras in the next round.

That left RHS with a 13-12 win-loss record overall, with a 6-6 finish for fourth place in the Trans-Valley League.

Helping out with all that success were not one, but two sets of sisters on the Lady Bruin roster. And one of those sets are twins.

This past season, sophomore twins Desirae and Denise Vargas helped hold down the infield, with Desirae, wearing number 7, spending her time behind the plate, playing catcher in virtually every inning. Denise, wearing number 5, spent her time at second base. Both players also contributed with bats in their hands.

The other pair, sisters but not twins, also helped out with their bats, and spent some time in the field.

Jynessa Lopez, wearing the number 1 jersey, a freshman last year, played outfield, first base, and is a left-handed pitcher, though she bats right handed. Sister Janeiya Lopez, wearing number 11, a junior last year, spent most of her time on the mound, a right-hander, but sometimes helped out in the outfield.

With no guarantee that all four will be back on the diamond for the 2023 season, any absence will leave a noticeable hole in the lineup. But they provided a unique, close-knit family feel for the softball squad during a successful campaign.