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Rain Respite Allows Drying Fields For Home Teams
Ireneo Aguiniga, 0, slides safely into home plate as part of a strong mid-game rally against Big Valley Christian High School. The Bruins hosted the Crusaders, handing them an 8-4 loss, on March 7.News Photos By Ric McGinnis

Riverbank ballplayers have been taking advantage of the recent good weather, continuing to work the kinks out both at home and away for pre-season games. This week, all teams were benefiting from the change to Daylight Saving Time, having an extra hour of sunshine for afternoon games, meets and matches.



The Lady Bruins softball team ended last week with a series of games in a kick off tournament at nearby Rainbow Fields.

They played the first round against Modesto High, coming up short, 13-2 in six innings on Wednesday, March 8. They didn’t play again until Saturday, March 11, when they played two in a row, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Unfortunately, they dropped both contests. The first, the Lady Bruins lost against Pitman of Turlock, 16-3, in four innings, then were blanked, 8-0 in six innings, by the Lady Cougars of Golden Valley High School in Merced.

Riverbank was to host Denair yesterday, March 14, and they’re scheduled to travel to Escalon tomorrow, March 16 for the Trans-Valley League opener. Friday, they go to Mariposa for a 3:30 p.m. non-league contest. On Tuesday, March 21 the girls are scheduled to host Mountain House in TVL play and then they travel to Hilmar for a league match on Thursday, March 23. Riverbank fields only a varsity softball team; there is no JV program.



Last week, on Tuesday, March 7, the Bruin boys hosted the Lions of Big Valley Christian High School of Modesto, defeating them 8-4. They traveled to Modesto on Thursday, March 9, to take on the Spartans of Davis High, but fell 5-1.

The varsity team was set to host Stone Ridge Christian from Merced yesterday, March 14, after The News went to press. Then they’re to turn around and host Denair on Thursday, March 16. The JV team won’t get a chance to play again until next Wednesday, when Hilmar comes to town. That’s when the varsity and JV programs will start Trans-Valley League play, hosting the Yellowjackets in the Wednesday, March 22 game. On Friday, the Bruins travel to Hilmar for the second game in the home and home series.



The co-ed tennis teams will be working out this week, scheduled to host Modesto Christian on the home courts Thursday and then with a match hosting the Mustangs of Mountain House next Tuesday, March 21.



The linksters had the Yellow Jacket Invitational last Monday, then they have a bye tomorrow. One match at home and one away makes up the schedule next week.



The runners, throwers and jumpers of the co-ed track and field team were to host a dual league, TVL/MLL (Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League) Challenge Tuesday, after The News went to press, with a practice meet set for tomorrow at the Angelo Novi Stadium on the Riverbank High campus. Field events will be starting at 3:30 and running events at 4 p.m.