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Timberwolves thump Lathrop

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POSTED April 30, 2014 12:44 a.m.

The middle of Sierra’s lineup continued to terrorize Valley Oak League pitching on Tuesday.

Dakota Conners and Jake Pruitt drove in two runs apiece, giving starter Leo Soto plenty of run support in a 7-4 victory over Lathrop.

The series shifts to Lathrop High on Thursday, but not before the Timberwolves travel to Sonora for a make-up game today.

Soto was effective through six innings. He struck out six, while surrendering five hits and two walks.

The Timberwolves did all their scoring in the first four innings of the game, surging out to a 2-1 lead after one. Sierra stretched its lead to 7-1 with a three-run fourth inning.

Conners doubled and drove in two runs. Kyle Oden also had a double for the Timberwolves, now 9-1 in VOL games and 17-3 overall.

The middle of the lineup has become a Murders’ Row. Pruitt is hitting well over .500 with a team-high 13 extra-base hits, while Conners and Oden have averages of .377 and .387, respectively.

Lathrop (2-7-1, 3-15-1) scored three runs in the sixth.

Manteca 8, Kimball 1

At Kimball, Jacob Corn struck out nine and Ezequiel Diaz reached base four times for the Valley Oak League-leading Buffaloes.

Manteca set the tone with four runs in the first inning and then closed its 12th straight victory with four runs over the final three innings.

The Buffaloes are 11-0 in league play and 19-2 overall.

William Reeder was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Lucas Vaughn went 3 for 4, and Diaz had a base hit, two walks and was plunked by a pitch.

Corn gave up one earned run in six innings, before giving the ball Alex Jorgenson in the seventh. The Oregon-bound senior is now 6-1 on the season with a 0.80 ERA.

East Union 10,
 Weston Ranch 2

The Lancers (4-7, 5-16) erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning, stringing together four hits, two walks and two hit batsmen.

Gabe Chavez had a two-run double, Marco Gonzales an RBI single and Jake Danhoff drew a bases-loaded walk during the flurry.

Gonzales earned the win with a strong six-inning performance. The sophomore gave up two earned runs on five hits, while striking out three.

Joe Souza had a two-run double in the second inning for the Lancers and Brandon Ridgewell chased home Danhoff with a single in the third.

Ripon Christian 6,
Gustine 1

Conner McGovern helped his own cause during the Knights’ return to Southern League play on Tuesday.

McGovern drove in two runs – one more than he needed – and then pitched five shutout innings to improve to 5-3 on the season.

Travis Vander Molen went 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Knights (7-4, 12-6).


East Union 10,
Weston Ranch 0 (5)

Louis DaSilva (triple) and Jorge Gutierrez (two RBIs) had two hits apiece, while Christian Dorrett and Lucas Diaz combined on the shutout.

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