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Bruin Teams See Limited Trans-Valley League Action
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Bruin Josue Estrada, left, looks on as teammate Leo Manzo lines up the return shot against their Escalon opponents in boys number one doubles action on Friday. The host Cougar team earned an overall 5-4 win over the Bruins. Marg Jackson/The News
RHS catcher Easton Gutierrez looks to lay down a bunt in a recent varsity boys baseball game. The Bruins will face Hughson is Trans-Valley League action this week. Ric McGinnis/The News

It was an interesting week for the varsity boys baseball team, according to coach Scott Chambers.

In a season that features ‘home and away’ games scheduled against the same team in the same week, last week’s pair of varsity baseball games were against Livingston, a new team this season in the Trans-Valley League.

According to coach Chambers, he got ejected from the Thursday, March 28, game here at home against the Wolves.

“We had just scored three runs and had the bases loaded. There were no outs and our leadoff batter was due up,” Chambers said.

He said Livingston had just walked four batters in a row, and, although he’s not sure Riverbank would have won, they were “in a very good position to mount the comeback, with an inning left and their (Livingston’s) pitching staff on the ropes.”

And while he’s not detailing the nature of the confrontation that got him removed, Chambers said the umpires called the game in the middle of the sixth inning.

That rolled the score back to the end of the last complete inning, just as if the game had been shortened by rain. It left the Bruins with a 7-2 loss.

It’s not known whether the hard feelings began in the away game at Livingston two days before, on Tuesday, March 26, which the Bruins dropped, 4-0. The host Wolves had just four hits in that game to Riverbank’s six but the Bruins had three errors to Livingston’s one.

The JV baseball boys also lost two to the Wolves, 10-0 on the road Tuesday and 8-2 at home on Thursday.

This week, Riverbank was to take on the Huskies in the pair of games, in Hughson on Tuesday, April 2, and at home in Riverbank on Thursday, April 4.


Lady Bruin Softball

There were just a couple of non-league contests on the slate for Riverbank during the past week but results were not available at press time. The girls were scheduled to play at Minarets High School and at Yosemite High School. They return to Trans-Valley League play this week with a triple header, April 3 at Modesto Christian, April 4 at home against Ripon and Friday, April 5 at Escalon High School.


Golf, Tennis, Volleyball

The golf boys had a forfeit loss on the books this week when they took on Escalon. The tennis team was also in action against Escalon, traveling to EHS for a Friday, March 29 match and battling to a 5-4 loss. The boys volleyball team had no matches this past week, but will have a busy slate with contests against Ripon Christian, Hilmar and Ripon in league action this week.