TURLOCK – Cierra Mullins made sure the Cal State Stanislaus softball team recorded a victory at its own Tournament of Champions on Sunday.
Mullins hit a home run to help power the Warriors to a 8-2 victory against Academy of Art and salvage the weekend. Stanislaus (12-33) went 1-5 at the event, losing to Saint Martin’s 2-0 to fall out of the Bronze Bracket.
Mullins had three hits against Academy of Art and drove in two runs. She also had one of two Stanislaus hits against Saint Martin’s (20-15). The Wildcats’ Sam Munger struck out seven to earn the victory. The teams combined to strand 17 runners on base.
Dominguez Hills 4, Stanislaus 3 – The Toros rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning to squash a Warriors comeback in Carson.
Stanislaus (11-21, 6-17 CCAA) had tied the game 3-3 in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Dayton Mellor. He drove in Skippy Ferreria, who had singled to start the inning. Stanislaus left two runners on base. Dominguez Hills’ Alex Sixtos led off the ninth with a walk, advanced on a bunt and scored on a Danny Haley single.
Dominguez Hills (17-15, 12-12 CCAA) broke open a 1-0 game with three runs in the sixth inning, two driven in on a Bubby Rossman home run. Rossman moved from right field to pitch 2/3 innings of relief and pick up the win.
The Warriors ouhit the Toros but stranded 12. Ferreria and Marcus Mastrobuoni each had three hits.
Dominican 7, Stanislaus 2 – The Warriors were unable to overcome host Domincan, ranked 10th nationally.
The Penguins swept the doubles matches. Stanislaus got victories from J’Ana Diamond and Analyssa Tallas. Diamond defeated Caitlin Aloia, 6-1, 6-4 and Tallas beat Chloe Vicari, 7-5, 6-1.
The Warriors will play host to Division I Cal State Northridge today at 1 p.m.
Oakdale High junior Nico Colunga, a sixth-place medalist at the CIF Wrestling Championships last month, brought home a national title last week from the 25th National High School Coaches Association Juniors Tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. Colunga, a two-time medalist at State, defeated wrestlers from New Jersey, Virginia, Wyoming, New York and North Carolina before he stopped L.J. Bentley of Ohio in the title match 10-6. Logan Eaton, Colunga’s Oakdale teammate, went 5-2 and placed fifth at 106. At the prestigious FloNationals at Indiana University, Penn., last weekend, Modesto High’s two-time state champion Israel Saavedra (120) went 4-2. Enochs star McCoy Kent, who placed third at State (138), also won four of six matches. Modesto’s Angel Velasquez (128) was 1-2 and Grace Davis’ Bobby Posadas (170) was 0-2.
The best of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) are planning their trips to Oakdale, the Cowboy Capital of the World, for the 63rd Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo starting Thursday. Wednesday’s Cowgirl Luncheon kicks off the week, and the rodeo begins with barrel racing Thursday afternoon at the saddle club arena. Slack sessions Friday and Saturday mornings lead to the main performances Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Advance tickets, which cost $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, are available online at oakdalerodeo.com, or at many outlets in Oakdale, Modesto, Escalon and Turlock.