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Scharnow shuts down first-year Lathrop

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POSTED April 24, 2010 2:35 a.m.
STOCKTON – Tyler Scharnow’s lights-out performance from the mound helped Weston Ranch shut down the Lathrop offense and cruise to a 14-2 five-inning victory Friday in a Valley Oak League makeup game.

Scharnow pitched all five innings, striking out six batters and recording only one walk. He also allowed an earned run.

And while his pitching prevented Lathrop – coached by former Weston Ranch assistant Randy Baltazar – it was offense that proved to be the winning touch for the cougars.

Akiha Etu finished the day 2 for 2 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored – doing most of his damage on a well placed triple. Cameron turner belted a pair of singles for Weston Ranch to finish 2 for 2 as well and also drove in a pair of RBIs.

“We did what we had to do at the plate today,” Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith said. “We were able to get base hits when we needed them, and hopefully we’ll be able to build on this as we get ready for next week.”

Ceres 7, Sierra 5
CERES – It didn’t take long for the Ceres Bulldogs – who were a half-game behind Sierra in VOL standings heading into Friday’s makeup game – to prove it has what it takes to be part of the scramble for the league’s three available playoff spots.

Ceres started piecing together early hits off of starting Sierra pitcher Dylan DeBrouwer, and managed to jump out to a 4-1 lead after the game’s second inning.

While Sierra would surge in the sixth inning to post four runs, Ceres had already posted two runs in the fifth inning and added another in the sixth to hold the 7-5 margin that they would carry to victory.

“I was disappointed with our focus and our intensity,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “We were not ready to play today when we took the field, and we’re not talented enough to think that we can just show up and win a game. We kicked a couple of balls early and walked a couple of guys early, and we just weren’t focused like we should have been.”

Kenny Leasure drove in the only run for the Timberwolves, and John Perez and Joey Valencia each recorded a hit to account for Sierra’s total offensive production.
—Jason Campbell
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