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Spring Wrap - Bruin Sports Squads Struggle In Tough Conference Defeats
Weather conditions prevented Riverbank High's track and field program from continuing an unbeaten Trans-Valley League season, while baseball, softball, golf and girls soccer teams were dispatched in all recent conference play.


The reigning Sac-Joaquin Section and state champions (Escalon) proved their mettle after a pair of hard-fought victories over Riverbank on March 27 and 29.

The Bruins were out-hit 10-5 by Escalon in the first meeting, and surrendered five costly errors during an 11-2 decision. Tristen Rodgers batted 2-4 with a double in the loss and watched Armando Manriquez finish 2 for 3 with an RBI. Antonio Perez pitched solid to keep things close, but couldn't compete with errors behind him.

Noel Sanchez and Rodgers combined to pitch the second game, but couldn't maintain a close 5-0 game after five innings. Escalon scored eight in the top of the seventh inning and ended with 18 hits. Rodgers belted a hit to reach base and later scored on a RBI knock from Chad Oliver.


The Bruins struggled to a 6-2 make-up loss to Modesto Christian despite two runs in the fifth inning on Thursday.

The team faltered to a 14-1 defeat to Hilmar a day prior after a 1-0 lead gave way to Hilmar scores of two or more runs in each of the next four Yellowjacket at-bats.


The Bruins are 1-5 on the season and slipped to a 239-298 defeat to Modesto Christian on Thursday at the La Contenta Golf Course.

Casey Floyd shot a 45 in the loss while Dom Mulkey played sharp to card a 51. Zack Vannest added a 52 while Taylor Adcox (73) and Nick Morris (77) also recorded scores.


Riverbank couldn't keep pace with visiting Ripon during a 4-0 defeat on Friday.

The Lady Bruins had a bye on March 27.