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Riverbanks Fabian Verdin slides in at home for a go-ahead fifth inning run in varsity boys baseball action on April 4 at home. Another run in the bottom of the sixth pushed the Riverbank lead to 3-1, but the Hilmar Yellowjackets came back in the top of the seventh inning with four runs to win the game. Ric McGinnis/The News

Baseball and soccer squads took losses this week in Trans-Valley League play, while the Lady Bruin varsity softball team came up with a much-needed victory on the road.

Following are results of recent games. No information could be obtained regarding Bruin tennis. The golf team, which does not have enough members to constitute a team, continues to forfeit matches to TVL opponents but gets players on the links to compete.



A tough game at home on Friday saw the Bruin varsity diamondmen fall by a 5-3 final to visiting Hilmar. This was after scoring what was hoped to be an insurance run to lead it 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth. But the Yellowjackets battled back for a four-run top of the seventh and took the TVL win.

In earlier action, the Bruins traveled to Hilmar for a Wednesday, April 2 game and fell behind early, 3-0, as the host Yellowjackets put some runs on the board in the second inning. One run in the fourth and four more in the fifth made it an 8-0 game before Riverbank scratched back for a single run in the top of the sixth, avoiding the shutout.

The latest JV scores available were both losses to Orestimba; the Hilmar information was not available.



At Modesto Christian on Thursday, April 3, the varsity lady Bruins scored in five of the seven innings played and earned an 8-3 win over the host Crusaders. Riverbank rapped out eight hits and played error-free ball, while Modesto Christian had three runs on four hits and committed two errors.

Six different players drove in runs for Riverbank. Joslyn Beliera was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBIs and a double. Jenny Verdin went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in, Lily Gallagher was 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Brittany Cody was 2-for-4 on the day with an RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases. Also adding RBIs were Savannah Pulido and Briana Allen.

Allen was the winning pitcher, going seven strong innings. She scattered four hits, walked two and struck out nine. The girls are scheduled to host Hughson today, April 9 and will be at Orestimba on Thursday, April 10.



A winless stretch of games in the Trans-Valley League continued for the Lady Bruins, who took a 6-1 loss at home to visiting Escalon on Wednesday, April 2. The JV soccer team, which played after the varsity, fell in a 6-2 final to the visitors. The girls are scheduled to host Hilmar today, April 9 with the varsity game starting at 4 p.m.