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Bruin first baseman Xavier Rangel holds on for a put out in an early inning of varsity baseball action last week, one of three games that helped kick off the 2020 pre-league season. The game ended in a 12-12 tie against Summerville, with darkness curtailing the game. Photo By Ric McGinnis

Riverbank High athletes have managed to put the lull between winter and spring sports activity behind them, with pre-season, non-league action filling the schedules.


Bruin Baseball

Riverbank varsity boys baseball got underway last week, with three games, two of them on the home field.

On Monday, March 2, the Bruins hosted Summerville High from Tuolumne, and fought back to a 12-12 tie, just before umpires called the game because of darkness. The RHS baseball and softball fields don’t have lights, but it shouldn’t be a problem anymore, with the Daylight Saving Time change over last weekend.

On Tuesday, Riverbank fell 11-1 at Waterford, then returned home to host a 13-1 loss to Lathrop High School’s Spartans.

This week, they were to travel to Big Valley Christian High School in Modesto on Tuesday, then host Davis from Modesto on March 11. On Friday March 13, they are to travel to Ripon Christian High School.


Lady Bruin Softball

Girls varsity softball participated in a tournament at Rainbow Fields during the past week, but had disappointing results.

On Tuesday, March 3, the beat Downey of Modesto, 11-1, in an early game, but fell, 7-6, to El Capitan of Merced in the later contest.

On Friday, March 6, the Lady Bruins fell to Turlock, 5-2, midafternoon, then fell, 5-2, to Big Valley Christian of Modesto, in the evening game.

Riverbank was to host Ripon Christian on Monday this week, then travel to Davis in Modesto on Tuesday.



The first boys volleyball match of the season, a non-league contest at home against the Wolfpack of West High School in Tracy, saw the Bruin boys in action on Tuesday, March 3. Riverbank came up short in a 3-0 decision, falling 25-9, 25-14 and 25-13, to visiting West in the first action of the 2020 campaign.


Bruin Golf

The linksters of the boys golf squad were to have a bye on their schedule Tuesday, then host Ripon High at the Jack Tone Road Golf Course in Ripon.

Lady Bruin hitter Vanessa Rosas, 17, connects for a line drive near the end of a softball tournament game at Rainbow Fields last week in Riverbank. The tournament featured a number of games, but little opportunity for victory during the week. Photo By Ric McGinnis