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Oakdale stumps Sierra again to remain in first

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POSTED April 12, 2014 12:27 a.m.

Oakdale capitalized on its opportunities and Sierra did not.

It’s been the running — and frustrating — theme for the Timberwolves all season, and that continued with Friday’s stunning 6-0 loss at Oakdale.

The defending champions of the Valley Oak League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs are now 3.5 games back of the Mustangs (9-0, 15-1 overall) with six to go. Oakdale owns the head-to-head tiebreaker should it come down to it having previously downed Sierra, 2-1.

“This (loss) now puts Kimball and Manteca in contention with us for a playoff spot and we play Kimball next,” Sierra coach Nick Olmo said. “We’re going to have to work on righting the ship and work toward playoff position. We’re going to have to fight for it.”

Sierra (5-3, 9-4) at least did show some fight Friday despite falling behind 3-0 in the first inning. An error helped Oakdale plate two unearned runs against standout pitcher Allie Walljasper, who allowed three earned runs on five hits and struck out 11.

The Timberwolves had two runners in scoring position in three different innings and had players reach base in all but two.

Oakdale put it out of reach with an inside-the-park home run that plated three.

Walljasper did all she could for Sierra, going 3 for 3 at the plate while tagging two doubles. Devi Coglio contributed a hit and sacrifice bunt from the top of the order.

“I just don’t think we were as focused as we should have been,” Olmo said. “It’s the whole Oakdale thing. This is one of the big games and it’s a must-win for us. We let Goliath get the best of us today.

“To their credit Oakdale played well. Melinda Koppinger threw a great game and did that to us the first game, too. She can pitch to us. We were able to put the ball in play but fly balls to fielders are not going to get the job done.”

Weston Ranch 10,
Lathrop 0 (5)

The Cougars (3-6, 8-8) snapped a three - game losing streak at Lathrop (1-8, 2-14) behind Naomi Thurman’s three hits (two doubles), two runs and two RBIs.

Arianna Hernandez belted two doubles, scored twice and drove in four runs. She was also the winning pitcher, finishing with nine strikeouts in her mercy-shortened three-hitter.

Mickael Battle (RBI) and Mia Thurman (two runs) were both 2 for 3. Weston Ranch scored all of its runs in the first three innings.

Manteca 12, Sonora 0 (5)

The Buffaloes (5-4, 8-5) hosted Sonora (0-9, 1-15) as a league rival for the last time Friday and made it a short trip for the visitors.

Peyton Rose struck out seven and walked none in a two-hitter, and the offense spotted her an eight-run lead in the first inning.

Melanie Ramos had four RBIs in a 2-for-3 effort. Celina Cooper also went 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and Morgan Miramontes added two hits of her own, one of which went for a triple.

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