1) THS BASEBALL BANQUET ANNOUNCED FOR ALL LEVELS IS ON TUESDAY, MAY 24TH AT 6 P.M. IN THS CAFETERIA.
3) Varsity all-league selections will post here in the near future once the other league teams have concluded their postseason play.
4) Below, I hope you enjoy this video covering the final game of the 2022 season, Senior Day, and Coach Alkire's final game
Thursday, May 5, 2022
1|2|3|4|5|6|7| R| H | E
West 0|0|0|0|0|X|X| 0 | 2 | 2
Tracy 4|0|9|0|X|X|X| 13 | 15| 1
The retiring coach got the W and four seniors shared in an offensive hit parade which included Drew Frederick with 2 singles and 2 runs scored, Drew Giannini with a double and 2 runs scored, Cooper Wilcox a double and 2 runs scored, and finally Joey Conti who belted 2 singles and a RBI Sac Fly. That was just some of the offensive firepower in a fun afternoon at the ball park to close out the 2022 Bulldog Baseball season.
Not only did the seniors get a lot of offensive action, but the young guns played a pivotal role too. Jordan Hall homered in the 3rd and singled too. A.J. Verduzco had a stellar day at the plate generating a single in the first, a double in the 3rd, and a 3 run bomb in the extended 3rd inning as well. He would scored 3 times and collect 4 RBIs.
Junior Jordan Hall wrapped up a fantastic year on the mound throwing the first four innings of the game. He would limit West to just two hits while collecting three strikeouts. The pitching duties were turned over to Drew Frederick in the 5th and final inning as the senior got West to go down 1-2-3 and give Coach Alkire his 440th and final victory.
I've got a lot of multimedia content to work through and get online. Please be patient as I sort through a 700 photos and all the video files.
COACHES FINAL COMMENTS
"It was an exciting and emotional day for me and I think the players as well," said Coach Alkire. " I was really satisfied to see us get those four runs on the board in the bottom of the 1st as it seemed to really take the initial pressure of the day I was feeling off my shoulders. I felt more relaxed and I think our players felt it as well. "
"I have to compliment our pitcher Jordan Hall for being so alert in the top of the first to see the West baserunner on 3rd sprint home unexpectedly and try to steal a run. He quickly got the ball to Josh Celestine to eliminate the threat."
"There was a lot of good hitting, today, but I've got to shine the spotlight on A.J. Verduzco. He had the game of his varsity career. A.J. produced three runs, a single, double, and his first homerun of the year. He works really hard for us and he has really turned the corner offensively the latter part of the season and been an offensive weapon. I really hope this recent success carries over for him in his baseball journey. "
Alkire also complimented his pitchers. "Jordan Hall was really good on the mound with no walks, only two hits, and then he produced his own homerun on the offensive side. That plus his heads up play in the top of the first, and I'd say he had a very nice day. Drew Frederick got his only pitching appearance of the season in the 5th and took care of business to close out the game and his varsity career.
"We were very aggressive at the plate and I'm really satisfied to see the results of our coaching take shape the last 6-7 games as we have been swinging more on 1st and 2nd pitch fastballs and not sitting on as many pitches. Our winning record down the stretch reflected that more aggressive approach at the plate."
For Alkire bringing 29 years of coaching to a close today was an emotional ride. "I woke up feeling very excited but also feeling some pressure on how the events of the day were going to go down. I wanted to make sure things were smooth and that I responded in the right way to appropriately honor the people I was going to see and the things that were going to be said. In the end I felt it was an amazing day, a complete day for me and something I will most certainly never forget. I'll just sum it up as a feel good day," said the Tracy High Coach as he retired for the night and for his career.
Frederick 4AB, 2R, 2H, 1RBI, 1SB
Jones 4AB, 1R, 2H, 0RBI
Giannini 3AB, 2R, 1H, 1RBI, 2B, 1BB, 1SB
Wilcox 3AB, 2R, 1H, 3RBI, 2B
Hall 3AB, 2R, 2H, 2RBI, HR
Verduzco 3AB, 3R, 3H, 4RBI, 2B, HR
Celestine 3AB, 1R, 1H, 0RBI
Jennings 2AB, 0R, 0H, 0RBI
Oneto 1AB, 0R, 1H, 0RBI
Conti 2AB, 0R, 2H, 1RBI, SAC
Pahulu 0AB, 0R, 0H, 0RBI
Hall (W) 4 IP, 0R, 2H, 3K, 0BB, 0ER, 69 pitches
Frederick 1 IP, 0R, 0H, 1K, 0BB, 0ER, 9 pitches
Thursday, May 5, 2022
WIN/LOSS : Varsity 7-8 League / 15-12-1 overall | JV 10-5 / 19-8 | Frosh/Soph 5-6 / 14-8
In the photo above, West High players present a plaque to Coach Vic Alkire as he coaches his 2nd to last game. "I got pretty emotional about that surprise", said Alkire to me during the game. "That was a real class act by them. I'm just a baseball coach and never expected the kind of recognition that I'm getting. It is very moving and touching to me."
The plaque from West High Baseball.
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Romano 5AB, 2R, 3H, 0RBI, 2SB
Mattos 3AB, 1R, 0H, 1RBI
Ochoa 1AB, 0R, 0H, 1BB, SB
Contreras 2AB, 1R, 2H, 1RBI, 1HBP
Johnson1AB, 1R, 1H, 0RBI, 1BB
Jesser 3AB, 0R, 0H, 0RBI
Lau 1AB, 1R, 0H, 0RBI, 1HBP
Madrid 3AB, 0R, 0H, 0RBI
Wortham 1AB, 0R, 1H, 0RBI
Bogetti 1AB, 1R, 1H, 0RBI, 2B, 1HBP
Giannini 2AB, 0R, 0H, 0RBI
Worth 3AB, 0R, 0H, 1RBI
Brandt 1AB, 1R, 0H, 0RBI
Correll 3AB, 0R, 1H, 2RBI, SB
Ellsey 4AB, 0R, 2H, 0RBI, SB
Contreras (W) 4 IP, 0R, 1H, 0ER , 7K, 2BB, 60 pitches
Johnson 2 IP, 0R, 0H, 0ER, 5K, 2BB, 36 pitches
Jarata 1 IP, 0R, 1H, 0ER, 1K, 1BB, 16 pitches
Varsity Monday, May 2, 2022
Tracy-0 3-2-0 -2-0-X=7R-10H-0E
Celestine-2-0-1-3. 2B. Sac
Wilcox——6 in 4 runs 5 hits 3 K’s 1 BB. 3 ER 92 pitches
Giannini—-1 in 0 R 0 hits 0 K’s 0 BB 0 ER. 12 pitches.
Tracy was led by Josh Celestine’s 3 runs batted in follow by Drew Frederick and A.J. Verduzco’ 2 RBI’s each. Verduzco had his best day at the plate this year with his 2 RBI’s along with 3 hits, a double and also scored 2 runs.
Cooper Wilcox was good tonight on the mound with 6 innings. Giannini came in to pitch the 7th inning and close the door on West.
We are back at it again tomorrow at 4:00 P.M. at West High School. Jacob Jones will be on the mound tomorrow for the Bulldogs.
Wyatt Brandt wins a pitchers duel 2-1 vs West.
I've just updated the career varsity batting stats to include seniors who graduated in 2021. The display of stats is broken into two sections; 1) players with at least 80 at bats, and those <80 at bats.
Braeden Oki (Class of 2014) and Steven Ramos (Class of 2008) still lead all Bulldogs with a .429 varsity career average. Tanner Turner (Class of 2012) has the most hits with an amazing 126. Just a few years ago, Lee Brewer (Class of 2017) took the lead in the home run race knocking his 15th HR during the final playoff game of 2017. Jacob Valdez (Class of 2010) has the lead for most RBIs at 94 during his three years driving in runs for the Bulldogs.
I now need to get the pitching stats revised, my last update for those stats was several years ago.
I've updated the career batting stats to now include our recently graduated seniors of 2021. There are two sections in this report. The top is sorted by batting average with 80 or higher at bats as the sample size. The 2nd half of the report is another sort with players less than 80 at bats. The report is a snapshot in time as play concluded back on Friday, March 13th. View pdf here.
Pitching stats coming in Spring 2022.
Coach Alkire also has a few records of players from the 1950s as well. The top 5 career batting stats are now posted in the historical records section.
Many of the Tracy High coaches have long time ties to the baseball program and school.
Several Bulldogs who graduate each year move on to play at JC's in the area. A few land in a four year program, while an elite few head into the MLB. View the active list here.
Historical Records are being posted HERE
We have historical coaching records, batting uploaded with pitching coming soon.