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Tough Week In Team Sports For Bruin Athletes
Riverbank catcher David Hickman (5) bears down on a pitch in the second varsity baseball game against Escalon in the week. This outing was on the Bruins home field but ended in disappointment, 12-1. Ric McGinnis/The News

Fortune did not smile on Riverbank athletes very much over the past week, with both boys and girls teams posting a string of losses.

Following is a short recap of the action for spring sports, with some teams already taking on league opponents and others tuning up with non-league and tournament action.

RHS varsity girls soccer came up short in both tournament and non-conference games and Bruin varsity baseball dropped a pair of conference games to the neighboring Cougars of Escalon while the softball girls notched a Trans-Valley League victory.



The Lady Bruins blanked Modesto High, 5-0, and lost to Pitman of Turlock, 4-1, on Saturday, March 7, at the Rainbow Fields tournament, then beat Escalon in an extra inning contest, 6-4, as TVL action began on the road for the girls on Monday, March 9.

On March 11, Riverbank was blanked by Ripon 6-0, then lost a non-conference game to Central Catholic of Modesto, 11-5, on Thursday, March 12.

RHS softball hosts Hughson in a league game today (Wednesday, March 18) then travels to Hilmar on Friday. Next Wednesday, the Lady Bruins host Escalon.



The varsity soccer girls came up short against Bear Creek of Stockton, 2-1, and lost to host Manteca in their Buffalo Tournament on Friday, March 6.

Wednesday, March 11, the Lady Bruins hosted and lost to Amador, 7-0 in a contest against the Mother Lode league squad and was also blanked by Beyer High School of Modesto, 1-0, on Friday, March 13, in a pair of non-conference games.

On the road, Riverbank plays at Escalon on Tuesday, March 24 in league action, then at Ripon on Thursday, March 26.



Bruin varsity baseball dropped a pair of league games to Escalon this past week: away on Tuesday, March 10, 16-2, then at home on Thursday, 12-1. They next play at Ripon in conference action, away on March 17 and at home on Thursday, March 19 as they host the Indians.

The varsity Bruins ended the week with a 1-4 overall record, 0-2 in league play.

The JV team also lost both games to the Cougars: 12-2 away, 13-2 at home during the past week.


Spring sports also include track and field, tennis and boys golf; look for information on those sports in upcoming issues of The News.

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