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Sierra gets split against Oakdale

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POSTED April 18, 2014 12:52 a.m.

Sierra standout Dakota Conners delivered on Thursday afternoon in Oakdale.

After popping out to center field with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday, He was the hero during a 1-0 Valley Oak League victory two days later.

Conners clutched up with the eventual game-winning single that scored Jakob Gallagher in the third inning and propelled the Timberwolves (6-1 VOL, 14-3 overall) to a series split.

“That was good for (Dakota),” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “But we had a handful of guys who had an opportunity ( Tuesday), but he came through with the big hit today.”

Sierra committed no errors defensively and helped out starter Leo Soto, who recorded a complete-game shutout and gave up just four hits, one walk and tossed four strikeouts.

“Leo pitched another good game,” Thomson said. “He kept them off balance all game and did a great job. We don’t have power pitching, so we know we have to make key plays on defense – and we did.”

Gallagher had one the T’Wolves’ five hits against Oakdale (7-3, 12-6) in the third inning and touched the home dish. Ryan Vasquez had a double, Conners had the RBI and Kyle Oden and Tyler Moss recorded the other two hits.

Manteca 14, Lathrop 0

The first-place Buffaloes (8-0, 16-2) poured it on with a 12-run bottom of the first inning. Manteca added two in the bottom of the fourth and outhit Lathrop 13-2. Buddy Reeder went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs. Ezequiel Diaz finished 2 for 3 with a run and a pair of RBIs, while Oregon-bound Jake Corn, Brandon Landwher and Dillon Lauborough recorded two RBIs apiece. Michael Garibay and Alex Jorgensen converted run-scoring hits and five different Buffaloes crossed the plate more than once. Lathrop’s Richard Chavez went 1 for 2 and Gabe Rodriguez had the other hit for the Spartans (2-6, 3-14). Lucas Vaughn and Lauborough combined for the shutout and recorded two strikeouts apiece. Manteca plays against East Union next week and Lathrop will face Sonora starting on Tuesday.

Sonora 13, East Union 3

The Lancers (3-5, 4-13) had difficulties locating the strike zone while walking six batters and hitting three more to give up nine free bases. The Wildcats completed the 10-run mercy rule with a six-run bottom of the sixth and finished with 10 hits as Lucas Garcia and Gabe Chavez combined for the loss. EU scored a run in the fifth after Brandon Ridgewell got on with a double and Chavez brought him in with an RBI. The Lancers’ two sixth-inning runs were recorded by Marco Gonzales and Jake Danhoff. East Union will have a non-league contest today at home against Tokay-Lodi at 4 p.m., followed by Manteca next week.

Kimball 15,
Weston Ranch 5

The Jaguars (3-7, 4-11) evened the season series after plating five in the second and six in the fourth. Andrew Paden of the Cougars (1-7, 3-16) drew three walks and had two steals. Josh Dilg (1 for 1) walked twice and had two steals, too. Cody Simerley (1 for 3) and Parker Hardy (1 for 2, double, two RBIs) helped the visitors tally three runs in the opening inning, but Kimball closed on a 15-2 run after. Dylan Davis went 2 for 3 and scored twice against Weston Ranch, which will host Sierra Tuesday.

Trans Valley League

Ripon 6, Riverbank 0

The Indians (6-2, 9-6-1) outhit the visitors 8-2 and went ahead 4-0 after a three-run bottom of the third. Trent Murphy tossed six strikeouts and limited winless Riverbank to two hits. Caleb Rogers went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, which included one of Ripon’s two doubles during its two-run sixth. Rogers also had the game’s first RBI in the first that created a one-run cushion the Indians would only add to. Michael Ysit went 2 for 4 with a run and Jared Andrews, Murphy and David Goforth had singles for Ripon, which will play Downey Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the Windemuth Tournament at Enochs-.

Southern League

Ripon Chr. 8, Delhi 0

Travis Vander Molen tossed his second no-hitter in three weeks. He walked three batters and struck out 14 for the Knights (9-1, 10-5), who scored two in the first and five more in the fifth. Danny Vander Molen went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Daniel Hannick finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs. Cole Brouwer (1 for 3) had an RBI-single for Ripon Christian, which will play a two-game set with Woodland Christian next week.

Sophomore

East Union 17, Sonora 5

Devin Abrew led the Lancers with a 3-for-3 batting performance that included three RBIs and a triple. Jack Weaver went 2 for 4 with four RBIs and Luis DaSilva was 2 for 3 with three RBIs. Joe Botelho got the win for EU after going five innings with seven strikeouts and scattering two hits. Johnny Blackwell closed the game and rung up one in a half inning of work.

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