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Kimball crushes Cougars

Weston Ranch senior Arianna Hernandez makes the routine out at first during Friday’s 9-3 loss to Kimball during the VOL opener at Weston Ranch

JOHN-JOEL GRIFFITHS/The Bulletin/


POSTED March 15, 2014 12:55 a.m.

WESTON RANCH – Kimball’s Samantha Sarmiento and Llesenia Torres were primarily responsible for dealing Weston Ranch a 9-3 loss to open up Valley Oak League play on Friday.

Weston Ranch collected nine hits, but that didn’t produce enough runs against Kimball, which improved to 3-2 overall.

“(Weston Ranch) is a good-hitting team, they’ve always been,” Kimball head coach Joseph Hernandez said. “It was nice that (Sarmiento) was able to limit the damage. She did a good job hitting her spots and we put some hits together. We were able to capitalize with runners on base.”

Torres capitalized on almost every opportunity.

The Jaguars’ three-time All-VOL shortstop went 4 of 5 with six RBIs, including a bases-clearing three-RBI triple that highlighted Kimball’s five-run fourth inning that stretched its lead to 8-1.

Kimball’s ace Sarmiento threw a complete game with just two walks scattered nine hits, three runs and four strikeouts. She only faced 29 batters and retired the side in the fourth and fifth inning.

“The difference maker was our lack of focus on defense,” Weston Ranch head coach Janelle Bauer said. “In this type of league defense is huge and it’s what wins you games. But hitting-wise, we matched up with them.”

Kimball outhit the Cougars 10-9, but the Jaguars just delivered with runners on the bags. Weston Ranch (5-3, 0-1) cut a 2-0 deficit in half with a score in the bottom of the first inning.

Weston Ranch sophomore second baseman Elysia Hernandez led off with a walk. Her older sister, the staff senior ace Arianna, brought her across the plate with an RBI single. Arianna Hernandez also went the complete game from the circle.

Hernandez hit Kimball’s lead-off hitter Gabbi Cox three times and Sarmiento once. She also threw three walks totaling seven free bases and tossed five strikeouts.

“I think we played hard during the first four innings,” Bauer said. “I’m not too worried about the girls hitting, it’s just coming together defensively and supporting the pitchers.”

Kimball took a 3-1 lead in the second after Torres delivered her second straight RBI-single that brought across the inning’s lead-off hitter, who got on with an error by Weston Ranch freshman third baseman Christina Washington (1 of 3, triple, RBI).

The Jaguars’ Taylor Honnell connected on a two-RBI single in the fourth frame that scored Torres and Sarmiento.

Kimball tacked on another score in the fifth when Torres’ sixth RBI brought Cox across the plate to make it a 9-1 ball game.

Weston Ranch recorded a run in each of the last two innings.

In the sixth frame, Arianna Hernandez led off with a single and Washington tallied the RBI-triple that one-hopped fair down the right-field chalk line.

In the seventh inning, Elysia Hernandez led off with a single and scored off a RBI-single from senior shortstop Vanessa Contreras (1 of 3, walk, double).

Weston Ranch will host Lathrop on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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