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Timberwolves topple Lathrop with ease

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POSTED April 15, 2010 3:03 a.m.
LATHROP – The Sierra Timberwolves took advantage of every Lathrop High mistake, using five first inning walks to lead to seven runs and an easy Valley Oak League victory Wednesday.

Lathrop starter Oscar Calix got himself into a boat of trouble, going just three innings and surrendering seven runs. Calix was only touched for three hits, but the ineffectiveness with the strike zone nullified any chances of success.

“After the first inning I thought Oscar threw pretty good,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “He started to get into a groove and I think Gabe (Castellanos) did a good job in relief.

“We just need to cut down on the free passes to help pitch deeper into games.”

Sierra managed six hits offensively, and put together a near-perfect effort defensively, closing the contest without an error. Lathrop on the other hand had a pair of defensive miscues, both of which proved costly.

“We made several mistakes in today’s game both mentally and physically,” Baltazar said. “Offensively, we were better, but we still made some mental mistakes on the base paths that shortened our innings.”

Pablo Chavez had two hits for the Spartans, while Mikey Pereznegron added one.

Trans Valley League
Hughson 4, Ripon Ch. 3
RIPON – The Huskies took advantage of a hits batsman to push past the host Knights 4-3 in TVL action Wednesday.

Ripon Christian (4-2 TVL, 9-5) came out with a quick start, scoring the game’s first two runs, but Hughson would not go away quietly, chipping away with one in the fourth, two in the fifth and the game-winner in the top of the sixth.

Two Ripon Christian errors did not help the Knights’ cause.

Robert Hull was the lone Knight to bang out a pair of hits, finishing the game 2 for 4. Steve Vander Molen, Clayton Prins and Aaron Fay all collected hits in the loss.

Ripon 5, Modesto Christian 1
RIPON – Justin Scott went the distance for the Indians, throwing six innings of scoreless baseball in Ripon’s 5-1 TVL win over the Crusaders Wednesday.

The Indians (4-2 TVL) were led by Alex Gustin’s 2 for 3 day at the plate. Gustin scored twice and drove in a pair in the win. Matt Ratto was 1 for 2 with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Ripon will meet up with the Crusaders again on Friday in Salida.
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