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Tokay's Collin Berninger passes the in front of Lodi's Jack Gillespie in Tuesday's TCAL boys water polo game at Tokay's pool. Battling in front of them are Lodi's Ryan Westerterp (5) and Tokay's Joey Paz (6).

At points during Tuesday’s Tri-City Athletic League girls water polo match, Tokay built up a comfortable lead over cross-town rival Lodi in hopes of earning a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.

Tokay got the win, but Lodi advances into post-season.

The host Tigers cooled off the Flames with a 9-7 win at Tokay’s swimming pool. Tokay and Lodi ended league play tied for third place at 6-4 each. In the tie-breaking criteria, Tokay needed to win the game by five or more goals to earn the league’s final playoff berth. In their first meeting earlier this month, Lodi posted an 8-4 win over the Tigers.

“It was a nice way to end the (TCAL) season,” said Tokay first-year coach Haley Ring.

Behind the scoring of Dallas Orvick, plus Alyssa Fuentes, Hailey Shindler and Ava Canestrino in the first half, Tokay sprinted to an 8-3 halftime lead. Passing the ball down the sides of the pool, led by Lizzy McFarland and Taylor Klinert, the Tigers worked the ball into the front of the cage for most of their goals.

“They (Tokay) shot a little more the second time around,” said Lodi coach Robert Elrod.

Both teams combined for two goals in the third period; Cansetrino had one for the Tigers and Stephanie Friesen. That gave Tokay a 9-4 lead.

But the Flames were paced behind Grim, along with Kate Baltzer, Friesen and Westerterp, as each had a goal in the final seven minutes. The shots came off Tiger defensive breakdowns at the middle of the pool and near their cage. The Flames’ defense cooled off the Tigers’ offensive power in the end.

“The fourth period was great,” Elrod said.

Boys: Lodi 14, Tokay 2

Lodi (8-2 in the TCAL), which had already secured the league’s No. 2 playoff spot, jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first period, behind the scoring from Hayden Lewis, Nicholas Wikert, who had two in the first seven minutes, and Cole Martinez.

“We wanted to treat this like a playoff game,” said Lodi first-year coach Trevor Taylor. “We put some different line-ups in that needed to work together.”

Half the distance of the pool, Tokay (0-10 in the TCAL) registered its first of two goals when Connor Means delivered a mean pass down the middle of the pool into the back of the Flames’ cage, cutting the lead to 4-1.

“I wanted the intensity to be high,” said Tokay first-year coach Cole Mahoney.

But Lodi continued its offensive dominance in the following period. Passing the ball from the sides to the front of the Tigers’ cage, the Flames got three of their five goals behind Orgon, who had four in the game. That led to a 9-1 halftime lead.

“As the game went on, we tried some different looks,” Taylor said.

The Tigers’ Joey Paz scored the last goal in the fourth period to make it 14-2. Lodi built its lead to an 11-1 advantage after three periods.

Wikert followed Orgon in scoring with three goals. Martinez had two, and Westerterp, Lewis, Zach Endter and Gavan Agustin had one each.

Contact reporter Mike Bush at mikeb@lodinews.com. Follow on Twitter: @MBushLodiSports.

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