The Tri-City Athletic League singles final will be a clash of champions.
Lodi’s Macy Barajas, who won the last two San Joaquin Athletic Association singles championships before the Flames moved into the TCAL this year, breezed through three matches at the league championships on Thursday at The Marina Tennis Club in Stockton.
The Lodi senior will face St. Mary’s sophomore Abbie Mulbarger, the reigning TCAL champion, in the final today at 9:30 a.m.
Mulbarger won the previous two meetings against Barajas this season. Barajas had never lost a league match prior to this season.
Regardless of today’s outcome, both players have earned a berth to the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.
On Thursday, Barajas reached the final with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Tokay’s Jessica Kaye in the semifinals. Mulbarger defeated Tracy’s Melanie Markovic 6-0, 6-1.
Barajas beat Shaunna Flynn of West 8-2 in the quarterfinals, and Mulbarger defeated Lodi’s Julia Baffoni 8-2. Markovic knocked off Lodi’s Coline Bauden 8-1, and Kaye beat Alyssa Ellis of St. Mary’s 8-0.
In second-round action, Barajas beat Tokay’s Silvia Odorizzi 8-4 and Mulbarger handled Sarah Kellogg of Tracy 8-0. Baffoni beat West’s Alyssa Febre 8-0 and Bauden handled Tokay’s Ana Vigueras 8-0.
Kaye topped Hannah Ketcherside of St. Mary’s 8-3.
Bauden won a play-in match, defeating Miya Sakai-Chen 8-0.
Doubles play will also begin today, with action scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
El Dorado 62, Galt 13
The Cougars jumped out to a 41-0 lead in the first quarter en route to the victory on Thursday night in Placerville.
El Dorado improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in Sierra Valley Conference play.
Galt fell to 3-6 and remains winless in league play at 0-4.
The Warriors will close out the regular season against rival Liberty Ranch next week.
St. Mary’s 40, Lodi 14
Bryan Quintero returned an interception 47 yards for a score and Michael Graumann had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Flames in Thursday’s loss at St. Mary’s.
Paul Ybarra had 75 yards rushing for Lodi and Jake Hayes kicked two PATs.
Caleb Baxter had eight tackles on defense and Ezekiel Aries had five.
Tokay 42, West 0
Zach Fleming had 11 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown and Wayne Coberly had eight carries for 93 yards and two TDs to lead the Tigers (5-3-1, 2-2 TCAL) over the visiting Rams.
Jesus Ayala had a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown and Joshua Kirchner and Jason Smith both had short TD runs.
Chaz Thurston led the defense with nine tackles. Cody Doell had an interception and Nicholas Elliott had five tackles.
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St. Mary’s 14, Lodi 6
Lodi finished as co-champs of the Tri-City Athletic League with the Rams despite Thursday’s loss. Nick Gillespie led the Flames (23-3, 9-1) with two goals.
Ben McDonald, Nick Wikert, Zach Endter and Hayden Lewis each had one goal. Ryan Culver had four blocks and Adam Taylor had one block.