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Most spring sports over, postseason action remaining
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Bruin third baseman, senior Jeremiah Cooper, slides safely into home plate in the second inning of varsity baseball. It was the only run Riverbank scored against the visiting Wolves from Livingston, falling 13-1 in Trans-Valley League action in the last home game of the season on Tuesday, April 30. Ric McGinnis/The News

With just a couple of weeks remaining in the school year, and graduation dead ahead, the bright lights of the spring sports seasons at Riverbank High are beginning to flicker out. Most teams have wrapped up their league play, with postseason play continuing for some.


Bruin Baseball

RHS had its final innings of Trans-Valley League play last week, with losses against Livingston, at home, 13-1 on Tuesday, April 30, where they celebrated Senior Night at their last home game. Their season finale, however, was a nail-biter on Thursday, May 2 in Livingston where they ultimately fell to the host Wolves, 13-11.

The Bruins scored seven runs in the last inning, but just couldn’t quite make up the difference.


Lady Bruin Softball

The girls fell, 7-0, at Livingston on Wednesday, May 1, but came back strong at home on Friday, taking the Lady Yellowjackets of Hilmar, 12-1, in a 10-run rule shortened game, ending their home season of play. They celebrated their seniors the week before.

First baseman Rozie Vallejo clobbered home runs in her first two at bats, then got walked in her third appearance at the plate, ending up scoring three runs, while sophomore Maya Guzman, playing shortstop this game, hit one over the fence, too. She scored two runs and had an RBI on three hits. And she stole a base.

Catcher Denise Vargas went 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in four runs and scoring once herself, and one of her hits was a double.

The Riverbank team had its final game of the TVL season on Tuesday, hitting the road to face off with Ripon. The host team edged the Lady Bruins in a 3-2 final, with Riverbank finishing third in the league standings at 4-6.


Co-Ed Track & Field

Bruin runners, jumpers and throwers are set to host the Trans-Valley League Division IV and V trials on Wednesday afternoon, May 8 and then will be the host site for the finals on Friday, May 10.


Alumni Soccer

Bruin soccer players, past and present, met up for a little head-to-head competition on Friday and Saturday last weekend. They started at 5 p.m. Friday, and were to play the championship match at 5 p.m. on Saturday, despite the rain that hit the region over the weekend.


Fall Sports Peek

Teams for a couple of fall sports at RHS started early work on the fall season last week.

On Wednesday, May 1, the football teams began their spring practice sessions, and an organizational meeting was held to find out if there might be flag football for girls next year.

RHS Athletic Director Juan Harvey reported that it looked like there was going to be enough interest in the flag football that Riverbank could field a team for next fall.

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Lady Bruin Desirae Vargas makes a force out at third base and attempts a double play across the diamond in the top of the third inning of varsity girls softball. From the plate, Vargas scored a run after hitting a double, which also scored a teammate as the Riverbank girls took down Hilmar. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Getting in some work with the pads, football players gathered for a spring session on the field between softball and baseball diamonds on the Riverbank campus. With just a couple weeks of school left, it’ll be just a taste of getting ready for the fall football season coming up next school year. Ric McGinnis/The News