BY RIC McGINNIS
School days are over for the time being, but summer ball continues on the varsity diamond of the Riverbank High School campus.
RHS varsity coaches Scott Chambers and Bruce Wong were on hand for the Thursday midday game last week against Escalon.
The players turning out included a number of JV team players, with a few returning varsity athletes, many teens juggling summer jobs and vacations along with the summer sports schedule.
With scant resources, the players were issued a variety of uniforms, some formal jerseys, some just team T-shirts, and many having no numbers, making it difficult for those in attendance to know who was playing what position.
Early action saw the visiting Cougars – that school’s JV team – leading, 7-4, but a key play in the bottom of the fourth inning turned the tide for the home team.
Riverbank third baseman Jackson Tigert came up to bat with three teammates already on base. After fighting off a couple of pitches, he was able to knock a solid double to deep center field, with the other base runners crossing the plate, bringing the score to a 7-7 tie.
Success at the plate in the following innings left the Bruins with a 12-8 victory over the rival Cougars.