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Sierra stymied by ’Stangs

Oakdale tops T’wolves with rally in the 8th

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Sierra stymied by ’Stangs

Sierra senior Kyle Oden fires a pitch against Oakdale on Tuesday afternoon during a 5-4 VOL loss against the visiting Mustangs, who handed the Timberwolves their first loss in league play.


POSTED April 16, 2014 1:18 a.m.

Sierra competed with the heart of a lion Tuesday during a Valley Oak League showdown with Oakdale.

Despite the contest going seven innings without a score, Oakdale (7-2 VOL, 12-5 overall) erupted for five in the top of the eighth and eventually held on for a 5-4 victory.

Sierra (5-1, 13-3) plated four runs in the bottom of the eighth before popping out to center field with the bases loaded on a full count.

“It was a great high school baseball game,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “Two pitchers on the mound did a great job.”

Oakdale trotted out its USC-bound senior Bryce Dyrda, who was locked into a duel with Kyle Oden.

Dyrda (12 strikeouts, five walks, three hits) lasted seven innings and got the victory. He also sparked Oakdale’s five-run rally in the eighth with a solo shot that just cleared the right-field fence.

“Dyrda was on,” Thomson said. “The knock on him is he’s only a one-pitch pitcher, but today he was throwing three. When he does that, he’s one tough customer.”

The Mustangs, who are in third place behind Sierra and Manteca, put the Timberwolves in a 4-0 deficit after Nolen Legan connected on a three-run shot.

Oakdale went ahead 5-0 when Ben Solorio, who caught the final out of the game in center field, ripped an RBI single down the right-field line against Ryan Vasquez.

Vasquez came in to relieve Oden (five strikeouts, six hits, five walks), who went 7 1/3 innings and gave up four runs. Oden retired the side in two innings by inducing routine plays to his solid infield.

Trailing by five, Sierra didn’t panic.

“I always know with Jack, the kids are going to compete,” Oakdale head coach Nate Gregory said. “It’s always a dogfight here. We had a rough week last week (against Manteca), so we needed to get back on the saddle.”

Jake Pruitt made it 5-1 with a solo home run against Oakdale closer Nick Mattos, who was responsible for allowing Sierra’s other three runs. Jake Souza and Leo Soto both got on with a walk, and Tyler Moss got hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Sierra third baseman Ian Rodriguez delivered a two-run double to the right-center field gap that brought across Souza (1 for 3, walk, run) and Soto.

After Jakob Gallagher went down swinging, Vasquez and Oden drew walks to score Moss and make it 5-4.

Sierra standout Dakota Connors was up with two outs and battled Mattos to a full count before flying out to Solorio.

“We continued to compete and got the winning run to second with our best guy up,” Thomson said. “We can’t ask for anything more. I knew our guys would keep competing. This is a good group of players and they don’t throw in the towel.”

The Timberwolves had chances in the first seven innings, but couldn’t deliver the timely hit.

In the bottom of the seventh, Moss led off with a single against Dyrda and moved to second with no outs on an attempted pick-off throw at first. In the fourth, Sierra loaded the bases on Dyrda after Connors doubled to start the inning.

The series shifts to Oakdale on Thursday.

East Union 8, Sonora 0

Marco Gonzales earned the victory, collecting five strikeouts against four walks on just 61 pitches.

“We had an outstanding performance by Marco,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “He was very economical with his pitches.”

The Lancers scored two in the first inning and went up 4-0 in the third after Brandon Ridgewell (1 for 3) laced a two-run double. Gonzales and Lucas Garcia also had two-run knocks for the Lancers, now 3-4 in VOL play and 4-12 overall.

Manteca 12, Lathrop 0

The Buffaloes (7-0, 14-2) scored four in the first and fourth inning to put the Spartans in an early 8-0 hole. Alex Jorgensen, Michael Garibay and Lucas Vaughn each tallied two hits. The Buffaloes host Linden today at 4 p.m. and then Lathrop Thursday at 4 p.m.

Weston Ranch 10,
Kimball 9

Manuel Rubio went 6 1/3 innings, walked two and tallied two strikeouts. C.J. Drain earned the save for the Cougars (1-6, 3-15), who were also led by Rubio’s four hits, four steals, two RBIs and four runs.

Southern League

Ripon Chr. 16, Delhi 0

The Knights (8-1, 9-5) were led by Danny Vander Molen’s 3-for-5 performance, which included a run and a pair of RBIs. Connor McGovern went the distance (five innings) with 12 strikeouts, one walk and three hits. RC scored six in the third and three in the fourth, followed by seven in the fifth to make up the final.


Sonora 6, East Union 3

Louis DaSilva went 2 for 3 from the dish to lead the Lancers. Jorge Gutierrez went 1 for 2 with an RBI and Zach Castro finished 1 for 2 as well. Lucas Diaz threw five innings and tallied five strikeouts and gave up four hits. Bailey Simmons pitched two innings and gave up two hits while tossing one strikeout.

Sierra 10, Oakdale 5

Tanner Petersen led the T’wolves with three hits and Andrew Marquez finished 2 for 2.

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