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Sonora crushes Sierra in battle of unbeatens

Foster stumps T’Wolves with three-hitter, five RBIs

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Sonora crushes Sierra in battle of unbeatens

Sonora's Wyatt Johnson gets caught in a rundown in the fourth inning and is tagged by Sierra shortstop Alex Arreola for the third out.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED April 14, 2010 3:09 a.m.

All Sierra High’s baseball team could do Tuesday was tip its hat and look forward to the rematch.

Sonora came, saw and conquered in a battle of the Valley Oak League’s remaining undefeated clubs, blowing the game wide open with a 10-run fifth inning en route to a 13-1 mercy-shortened victory.

The win is the 10th straight for the surging Wildcats (7-0, 12-2 overall).

“They played well and beat us in every phase of the game,” Sierra coach Jack Thomson said. “They out-pitched us, they out-hit us and they out-defended us — that’s a very good team.

“Their record is indicative of how good they are, and they played a good schedule. No excuses, we got beat, and we just have to move on from here.”

Sonora was impressive from top to bottom of its order, mixing in small-ball tactics with a few big wallops to get its runs across.

Jesse Foster anchored the Wildcats both from the mound and the plate. His three-hit masterpiece included nine strikeouts to one walk, and he helped himself with a 2-for-3 effort with two runs and five RBIs.

He also bombed a three-run homer to right to punctuate Sonora’s big fifth-inning flurry.

“He’s been key for us this year,” Sonora co-coach Scott Johnson said. “Last year he couldn’t throw because he had a hurt arm, so he had to play a lot at first and third. He worked hard in the offseason to rehab his shoulder a little bit and he’s been real good for us.”

All but one starter had at least a hit for Sonora, but most of the damage was done from the bottom third of the lineup.

Tim Gillespie was 2 for 2 with runs; sophomore Dylan Fernandez was 2 for 2 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs; and sophomore Wyatt Johnson ended up 2 for 3 with three RBIs from the No. 9 spot.

“What was huge for us was the bottom of our order,” coach Johnson said. “When 7, 8 and 9 get two hits apiece and turns your lineup over you’re going to have a good day.”

Leadoff batter Scotty DeBrouwer accounted for two of Sierra’s three hits. His one-out double in the third was followed by Kenny Leasure’s RBI double to tie it at 1.Sonora jumped ahead for good with two in the fourth when Fernandez bashed one of his run-scoring two-baggers.

Sierra heads to Lathrop today for a make-up game originally scheduled for Monday before facing Sonora ahead on the road Thursday.

“This is one that you circle on the calendar,” Johnson said. “You know that the Sierras and the Oakdales are going to always be strong, and I’d be lying to you if I said that we haven’t been watching what Sierra has been doing all year long.

“All VOL games are big, but this was a real big one for us. Knowing how good a coach that Jack is, we fully expect for them to be ready for our small on Thursday. They can turn around and 13-1 us on Thursday, that’s just what happens in a Sierra-Sonora (series).”

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