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Sports Wrap: Bruins One Run From First Baseball Win
Extra innings were not enough to cash in on a season first victory on Thursday as Riverbank High's varsity baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to Modesto Christian.

Ryan Bowden tossed a no-hitter into the fourth inning, but the visiting Crusaders tied the game up at 3-all and carried the deadlock into the top of the tenth inning, where a lone score decided the game.

"It was a tough loss, but I was proud of the guys because we competed," Riverbank coach Ismael Mercado said.

Riverbank (0-9 Trans Valley League, 0-19-1 overall) went on to drop a 7-0 game at Modesto Christian on Friday as they completed the 'home and home' series. The Bruins have lost seven games by four or less runs this season.

Riverbank is at Ripon Christian today, Wednesday, to continue TVL action and hopefully put one in the win column.


Twenty-six saves from new goalkeeper Kaitlynn Deabenderfer were enough to keep things close, but the Bruins could not match Hughson's barrage on the Riverbank goal in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday.

Karina Hernandez and Celina Lopez each scored for the Bruins while Angela Duran and Erica Orellana made valiant efforts at evening the score with five shots apiece.

Riverbank was fresh off a 1-1 tie to Ripon Christian after 22 Deabenderfer saves. Maribel Lopez made a nice pass to assist Orellana's lone goal in the contest. Lopez delivered seven shots on the Knights' goal but could not break open the tie.

Riverbank (0-8-3 TVL, 2-11-3 overall) has dropped games to each of the league's top three teams, but has tied both teams sharing bottom-three status in the TVL standings.

The Bruins will look for their first league win at Modesto Christian on Monday, May 3.


Riverbank has lost four straight since winning the first three matches of Trans-Valley League play. The Bruins doubles tandems have played well, Irvin Carillo and Armando Rodriguez jumping to a 6-1 start to the TVL.

Monica Perez and Ashley Tristao are also 6-1 from the No. 1 girls doubles position.

"We have a very deep team of young players who are developing their game and growing into good players," Riverbank coach Brandon Harker said. "Our team will be good for years down the road, and right now our depth is helping us in our matches with wins in our second boys and second girls doubles teams."

The Bruins are at Waterford on Tuesday, May 4.


Bruin distance runners competed in the Bella Vista Distance Carnival on Friday and saw personal bests from nearly every competitor.

Gloria Medina shined with a huge personal best of 15 minutes, 23 seconds in the grueling 3200-meter race.

Jose Moreno took a personal best at the Mudville Challenge at Bear Creek High with a first place toss of 52 feet, 6 inches in the shot put. Christian Vega added a second place finish in the triple jump while Casey DeYoung won the pole vault with a 12-6 height and was fourth in the 110 hurdles.

Genisa Contreras was second in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. The 400 relay team of Vanessa Vargas, Mikayla Anderson, Contreras, and Jade Finch finished fourth overall. Finch also placed fourth in the 100 with a new personal best of 13.6 seconds.

"We had some really good times over the weekend, so I am pleased with where we are right now," Bruin coach Monte Wood said. "We have two weeks to get ready for the TVL Championship Meet and that will be our focus."

Moreno and Bruin distance specialist Alex Reyes qualified to the highly competitive Sacramento Meet of Champions this weekend. Moreno will take on both throwing events while Reyes runs the 3200.