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Stephanie Maestretti reacts to her hit in Sierra High School's first game of a double-header in the NorCal Classic in Tracy.


POSTED April 11, 2010 1:57 a.m.
TRACY – The motivation was there for the Sierra Timberwolves to bounce back from a pair of losses on the opening day of the NorCal Classic softball tournament on Friday.

And thanks to the strong arm of workhorse pitcher Gabby Hawkins, bounce back they did.

Hawkins recorded 14 strikeouts, no walks, and gave only a single hit in the team’s first matchup of the day against the Atwater Falcons.

Daylynn Penner led the game for the Timberwolves with a standup triple and would cross the plate moments later for the team’s first score – giving Hawkins the cushion that she needed to execute from the mound.

After slamming her second triple in the third inning, Penner scored the game’s final run when Allison Smith brought her home with a single that would cap the day’s scoring.

“I really have to give credit to Gabby – logging 31 innings in four days and still being able to come out and perform phenomenally in the games we played today,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “She’s a workhorse and she pitches her heart out when she’s out there, and that really showed today.”

Hawkins would shine in the day’s second game as Sierra outmaneuvered Chowchilla 2-1 with the International Tiebreaker ending the game after it went seven innings.

She racked up 11 strikeouts, walked one, and scattered three hits in the complete game performance.

But it was good old-fashioned positional hitting that managed to secure the victory for Sierra.

After putting Randi Heriford on second base to start the eighth inning, Elizabeth Brown laid down a bunt to move Heriford over to third base. Tyranie Nielsen then hit a slow-roller to second base that brought Heriford across for the run, Hawkins and the Sierra defense were able to hold the Redskins to take the victory.

“The girls had their goals coming into this weekend, and trying to split this tournament was one of them,” Olmo said. “We played well today, and we got the job done at the plate when we needed to. There are still some things that we need to work on and tune-up, but we had a reason to celebrate today.”

East Union 4, Stevensen 3
East Union 2, Johansen 1
TRACY – After heading into extra-innings against Stevensen High School of Monterey, the East Union Lancers battled back and forth with the International Tiebreaker in place before finally being able to bring a run across and hold their opponent from matching the feat – handing the team its second victory in the NorCal Classic in just as many days.

Things against the Johansen Vikings ended slightly differently.

With Britney Lamar’s first RBI giving East Union an advantage, it was Salina Tiscareno that hit a late sacrifice fly to help give the Lancers a two-run edge that they would hold for their second win of the day.
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