STOCKTON -- Kaitlyn Brayton finished her second tennis season the same as the first: By winning the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III singles tennis championship.
Brayton, a sophomore from Escalon High, beat Patterson's Paola Hernandez 6-1, 7-5 Friday afternoon at Oak Park in Stockton for the crown. Not only was it her second consecutive section title, but it was her second consecutive undefeated season.
Brayton wasn't the only Stanislaus District Division III tennis champion. The Riverbank duo of Danny Geren and Raquel Medina beat the Escalon brother-sister combo of Daniel Thompson and Julia Thompson 6-0, 6-2 for the mixed doubles title.
Brayton hadn't played Hernandez, the Western Athletic Conference champion, this season. But she did watch her at Oak Park.
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"I was going to play my game, work the baseline and stay consistent," she said. "It worked really well in the first set."
In the second set, though, Brayton "tried some different things," such as moving closer to the net. It backfired, as Hernandez jumped out to a 4-1 lead.
So she went back to the baseline, winning six of the final seven games for the title.
Division I Tennis
SECTION TOURNEY, at Del Rio CC -- Nicholas Andrews defeated Steve Dawson 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in an all-Jesuit High singles final. Ryan Kim/Suresh Eswaran of Jesuit topped Jimmy Stone/Simba Baratti of Davis-Yolo 6-1, 6-0 in the doubles finale.
MANTECA 17, WESTON RANCH 4 (5), at Weston Ranch -- Toby Fox had four RBIs as the Buffaloes (15-11-1; 9-5 VOL) beat the Cougars (1-21; 0-14) and now can look forward to the playoffs. Manteca is the VOL's No. 3 seed and plays Pioneer Valley League No. 1 Bear River on Wednesday.
Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said of his team's second consecutive playoff berth, "We are trying to change the culture of baseball at Manteca High and so far it looks good."
WATERFORD 11, LE GRAND 1 (6 innings), at Waterford -- Freshman Russell Longworth of the Wildcats (11-13, 8-7 SL) allowed just one hit -- a leadoff bunt single -- and struck out six with one walk.
JOHANSEN 11, ENOCHS 2, at Enochs -- P.J. Watzke had a double and four RBIs in helping the Vikings (12-15, 8-7 MMC) top the Eagles (5-10 MMC).
Kevin Miller of Enochs struck out 12 -- the first 11 outs came on strikeouts -- before being relieved in the sixth.
BEYER 8, DAVIS 1, at Davis -- Dillon Usiak had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice as the Patriots (14-1 MMC) defeated the Spartans (19-7, 10-5).
CERES 14, CENTRAL VALLEY 4, at Ceres -- Zach Atchison had all four of his RBIs in first inning, with two two-run singles, in helping the Bulldogs (10-15, 6-8 VOL) top the Hawks (11-15, 6-8).
SECTION BOYS SWIMMING TRIALS, at Tokay High in Lodi -- Several Stanislaus District boys swimmers qualified for today's section finals.
Beyer junior David LaFlamme (100 butterfly) and Golden Valley junior Justin Carter (100 backstroke) had the top qualifying times in their events.
Track and Field
MMC CHAMPIONSHIPS, at Downey -- Several double winners highlighted the Modesto Metro Conference track and field championships, including a freshman sprinter from Enochs and three double winners from Modesto High.
Enochs freshman Jalissa Freeman sailed home to victory in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. The Cal-bound Beyer duo of Crystal Esparza (800, 1,600) and Kendall Morris (shot put, discus) had easy double victories.
And the Modesto threesome of Alexis Heredia (100 and 300 hurdles), Stephanie Stavrianoudakis (400, long jump) and Josh Heredia (110 and 300 hurdles) also broke the tape.
The top five placers in each event advanced to next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Division I trials at Sacramento's Hughes Stadium on Wednesday.
TURLOCK 8, GOLDEN VALLEY 3, at Golden Valley -- Morgan Riddick of the Bulldogs (8-13, 3-9 CCC) threw a six-hitter against GV (3-9 CCC), striking out eight. She had a bases-clearing double in the first and a two-run double in the fourth.