The ball diamonds at Riverbank High School saw their final home games of the baseball and softball season this past week, with Senior Recognition given for players in both sports. And both teams ended their 2017 campaigns with victories.
Boys varsity baseball hosted its final home game of the season on Tuesday, May 9, welcoming Modesto Christian High School to town. After the seniors and their families were introduced, the Bruins took on the Crusaders, with the locals coming out on top, 5-3.
The next day, Wednesday, Riverbank traveled to take on MC on their home field, winning easily, 15-4, to close out the 2017 season on a high note. The Crusaders tied up that game at 4-4 in the second inning, but the Bruins closed strong, with three runs in the sixth and eight runs to put the game out of reach in the seventh inning.
For the Bruins, the victories against Modesto Christian were their first of the Trans-Valley League campaign, finishing out the season with a 2-10 mark. They had a 9-15 overall record for the season.
Lady Bruin Softball
While the senior boys were playing the final home game of their high school careers, the Lady Bruin seniors were playing their final softball game at home also, a short distance away on the campus. It was also the final game of their 2017 season.
After the senior player and family recognition, the Riverbank softball team hosted Modesto Christian, with a similar outcome. They beat the Lady Crusaders, 17-2, in five innings, the game shortened due to the 10-run rule.
Although MC scored two runs in the top of the first inning, the Lady Bruins came back, scoring a run in the bottom of the first to trim the deficit to 2-1. The visiting MC team was held scoreless the rest of the way, while the Lady Bruins overpowered them by scoring 14 runs in the second inning, closing out their 2017 season with the win. The squad compiled a 4-8 Trans-Valley League record this season and went 11-14 overall.