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Sierra slugs past Cougars

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POSTED March 26, 2010 2:42 a.m.
Mike Leland went the distance, striking out four in a 13-1 Sierra High sophomore baseball victory over the visiting Weston Ranch Cougars Thursday.

Leland was masterful in the Valley Oak League matchup, giving up just four hits and holding the Cougars to a single first inning run.

Sierra jumped out in a hurry, plating seven runs in the first inning and eliminating any chance for a Cougar comeback with a six-run second inning. Makana Ward led Sierra’s offensive exploits, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Austin Acker finished 2 for 4, while both Cory Rocha and Jason Angelo went 1 for 2, with Angelo smashing a double.

Marcus Tatum-Vega led the Cougars, connecting for a solo homer in the top-half of the first.

East Union 12, Manteca 2
The Lancers blew the game wide open with a seven-run sixth inning, pushing the VOL contest out of reach.

Zac Carrillo handled the pitching duties, going five innings, striking out five and holding Manteca to a single earned run. Carrillo also held a hot bat, going 2 for 2 at the plate and drawing a pair of walks. Jesus Esquiviel blasted a two-run home run for the Lancers in the win.

Ceres 6, Lathrop 0
CERES – The Spartans battled, but they could not keep pace with the host Bulldogs in a VOL loss Thursday.

Lathrop got minimal offensive production, with David Fonseca and Harindepal Sidhu both stroking doubles. Zach Pettengill and Austin Plunk both tallied singles.

Freshman
East Union 10, Manteca 8
The Lancers made some positive adjustments and turned them into a VOL win Thursday against the Buffaloes.

Nick Van Warmerdam led the Buffaloes in defeat, going 2 for 5, while teammate Ryan Sumrall and Nate Chivell both went 1 for 3. Sumrall and Chivell also scored two runs apiece.

Soccer
Manteca 4, Central Valley 2
The Buffaloes found themselves tied 2-2 at the intermission, but pulled away with a second-half shutout.

Amara Michaelis netted two goals and had two assists in the win, while teammates Joanna Maxwell and Esmeralda Cuenca scored the other two.

Manteca (3-1, 5-3-2) will make the trip to Sonora to take on the Wildcats April 1.

Sierra 2, East Union 1
Alexis Romo took it upon her shoulders to get it done, leading Sierra with two goals in its win over the Lancers Thursday.

Romo got loose in the 12th minute and again in the 31st, providing Sierra with the difference in the VOL win.

Shaun Nash scored the lone goal for the Lancers, putting one in the net a mere minute before Romo’s eventual game-winner.

— Jagada Chambers
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