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Maestretti’s clutch hit clinches win for Sierra

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POSTED March 10, 2010 2:26 a.m.
LINDEN — Sierra’s softball team rapped out 10 hits, but only one of them drove in runs.

That big knock ended up deciding the Timberwolves’ 3-1 non-league victory over Linden Tuesday.

Stephanie Maestretti (2 for 3) cleared the loaded base paths with a double in the top of the seventh inning, and standout pitcher Gabby Hawkins handled the rest in the bottom half to seal the win.

Daylynn Penner and Hawkins (double) each went 2 for 3 at the plate.

“It was good to see the team come out and hit the ball, but we’re still leaving too many runners stranded,” said Sierra coach Nick Olmo, whose team left 10 on base Tuesday. “Once we get that taken care off I think we’re going to be fine.

“But at this point it was just good walking away with the win in the top of the seventh like that.”

Hawkins produced a three-hit gem from the pitcher’s circle and struck out 12 while walking two. Linden (1-2) jumped ahead in the fifth with a double to right center.

Sierra (3-2) next hosts Modesto today at 3:30 p.m. for its first home game of the season.

Weston Ranch 10, Edison 0
WESTON RANCH — The Cougars (2-4) bounced back from a three-game losing streak in a big way Tuesday.

Serena Hernandez anchored the win with a five-strikeout effort from the pitcher’s circle. She was also 2 for 5 from the batter’s box, and Miranda Holmes knocked in three runs and legged out two doubles in her 2-for-4 outing.

“I’m really pleased with the performance, and they came out ready to play,” Weston Ranch coach Melanie Berezay said.

Sophomore
Sierra 9, Linden 3
LINDEN — Sommer Wilson roped two home runs, one of the inside-the-park variety, to highlight Sierra’s fifth straight victory to start the year.

Tessa Solario (double, two-run triple) and Sharkira Lewis were each 2 for 3. Winning pitcher Katelynn Perkins logged five innings of work and gave up one hit, two runs (one earned) and struck out nine.

Wilson threw the final two, fanning two and scattering two hits for a run.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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