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Hawkins’ no-hitter pushes Sierra past Hawks

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POSTED April 14, 2010 3:06 a.m.

CERES – Not even 36 straight innings of pitching during the NorCal Classic in Tracy could slow down Sierra softball ace Gabby Hawkins.

During Tuesday’s matchup with Central Valley, Hawkins hurled a no-hitter and flirted with a perfect game until she allowed the only walk of the game in a 10-0 rout of the Hawks in five innings.

While Sierra head coach Nick Olmo was concerned about fatigue heading into Tuesday’s matchup – based primarily on the long weekend and involvement in the 64-team Tracy based tournament – the extra day of rest Monday thanks to constant rain proved to be just what the Timberwolves (3-2 Valley Oak League, 9-6 overall) needed.

“To be honest we welcomed the rainout (Monday), and when the girls came out today we looked fresh,” Olmo said. “After having Monday off the girls were excited to get the game going, and it was something that really showed once they hit the field.”

After posting a run in the first inning, Sierra came back in the third to erupt for nine more that would prove to be the game.

In addition to her performance in the circle, Hawkins also hit 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Daylynn Penner finished the game 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Liz Brown was 1 for 2 at the plate.

“After that third inning we were able to relax and cruise a little bit – stop stealing home on past balls and things like that,” Olmo said. “We were able to be loose and have a good time, and it was really good to see everybody get into the game and make this a total team effort.”

 Oakdale 10, Manteca 0

OAKDALE — Brianna Parker pitched a no-hitter for Oakdale, as Manteca suffered its second mercy-rule loss in as many games Tuesday.

 “We made a lot of mistakes today, and they surely took advantage of them,” Manteca assistant coach Corey Navarro said.

Trans Valley League
Hughson 4, Ripon 2

HUGHSON — The four runs that the Hughson Huskies managed to post in the fourth inning were just too much for the Ripon Indians (1-5, 10-7) to overcome during Tuesday’s TVL matchup.

Alissa Vickers led the Indians’ offensive attack with her 2-for-3 performance at the plate that included a run. Nicole Kaiser finished the game 1 for 3 with a run, and RBI, and a double.

Escalon 3, Ripon Christian 1

RIPON — The solid presence of the Escalon Huskies was too much for the Ripon Christian Knights to handle during Tuesday’s TVL action.

Even with outstanding defensive play from first baseman Raeann DeRousse who caught a line drive and an infield fly ball, and Jenny Wickham’s double to left that advanced a runner to third, Ripon Christian (0-6, 2-11) was unable to overcome Escalon’s imposing presence.

— Jason Campbell

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