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Summer puts spring in Sierra’s step with 5 RBIs

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POSTED April 17, 2010 2:31 a.m.

East Union High’s softball team struck first with a run in the second, but Sierra countered by connecting with the bigger blows in a 7-3 win at Northgate Softball Complex Friday.

Summer Wilson was one of three Sierra Timberwolves (6-1 Valley Oak League, 12-1 overall) to go 2 for 4 but accounted for most of the offense by smashing a three-run homer in the third inning and belting a bases-loaded single for two more RBIs in the in the fifth.

Lily Gonzales (two runs) and Katelynn Perkins (RBI) were also 2 for 4, and leadoff hitter Shakira Lewis used her speed to inflict damage and was 4 for 4 with three bunt singles and two runs.

Perkins also earned the win from the pitcher’s circle, recording three strikeouts and allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings of work.

East Union managed to make things interesting in the seventh, putting runners in scoring position with one out. But Sierra reliever CeCe Nevarez slammed the door with two strikeouts.

“We have a lot of respect for East Union because they’ve had a good program for so long, and it’s getting to be a good rivalry because we’re getting to the point where we can consistently give them a good game,” Sierra coach Bill Faulkner said. “It’s competitive and a lot of fun to play.”

Sonora 8, Sierra 2
SONORA — The host Wildcats pieced together a six-run second inning to break away early, as Sierra fell to 5-2 in the VOL.

Bret Wilson drove in Sierra’s only runs in the third with a homer to straightaway center, which also scored Tim Thornton (fielder’s choice).

“We had seven hits and only struck out twice, but we just couldn’t string anything together,” Sierra coach Greg Wilson said. “Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balanced.”

— Jonamar Jacinto
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