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Sierra back on track with win over Ceres

Sierra starter Gabby Hawkins went the distance in the Timberwolves' 3-1 win over Ceres Wednesday.


POSTED April 8, 2010 2:56 a.m.
The Sierra Timberwolves spotted Gabby Hawkins an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, but Sierra’s senior ace would not need it in the Timberwolves’ 3-1 Valley Oak League win over Ceres High Wednesday.

Sierra (2-2 VOL, 6-4 overall) wasted little time showing which squad was the aggressor, pushing across a pair of runs in its first at bat. The early pair would be more than enough support for Hawkins, who was impressive once again with a complete-game effort.

Hawkins held a solidified Ceres offense to just three hits, going just four batters over the minimum for her sixth win of the season.

“Coming back off of that loss on Monday, she was just determined to go in there and throw hard and get her job done,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “Her actual strikeout count was lower than usual, but her defense was behind her 100-percent.

“Her performance was the major difference in today’s game.”

Hawkins fanned nine in the win, including an important late-inning matchup with Ceres standout Jode Johnson. Hawkins also made good on one of her four trips to the plate, getting a single off Bulldog starter Kaycee Creek.

Offensively, Sierra put together an 10-hit attack with Daylynn Penner, Jessica Lewis and Allison Smith all finishing the contest with multiple hits. Penner was 2 for 3 in the win, while both Lewis and Smith were 2 for 4.

Sierra will try and build on the victory as they open first-round action of the NorCal Classic in Tracy at 5 p.m. with a game against Buhach Colony.

“We’re going up against Buhach and that’s going to be a tough game right off the bat,” Olmo said. “They’ve been the Central Coast Conference champions the last couple of years.

“We’re going to have to go in there and play the same type of ball that we played today. Buchach isn’t going to give anybody a win.”

Oakdale 7, Weston Ranch 0
OAKDALE – The Mustangs (3-1, 6-4-1) were able to hold Weston Ranch’s bats silent in a shutout victory in VOL play Wednesday.

The Cougars found themselves on the wrong end of a two-hit shutout, falling behind 3-0 in the first inning and never recovering.

“We just didn’t come out ready to play,” Weston Ranch head coach Melanie Berezay said. “We started to play over the final two innings, but starting the game seems to be the hardest part for us.

“We just didn’t have any intensity until the end of the game.”

Desirae Fonoti and Nicole Washington both registered the Cougars’ only hits.

Weston Ranch (1-3) will open the first round of the NorCal Classic in Tracy at 8 a.m. when they meet up with Millennium High.

Sonora 17, Lathrop 0
SONORA – Lathrop was only able to manage four hits in its lopsided loss to the Wildcats Wednesday.

Sonora was rolling on all cylinders, banging out 15 hits in the win.

“Offensively, Sonora was perfect today,” Lathrop head coach Christina Jones said. “You can’t win games when the opposing team hits the ball as well like they did.”

Mari Duenas led Lathrop with a 2 for 2 effort.

— Jagada Chambers
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