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Nevarez sparks improbable seventh-inning comeback

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POSTED April 27, 2010 2:03 a.m.
SONORA — After 19 outs, Sierra High’s sophomore softball team was two more away from dropping a disheartening 4-0 loss to Sonora, a team the Timberwolves previously beat by double digits.

With its three best players called up to the varsity team, things were looking bleak in the seventh inning.

Then No. 5 hitter CeCe Nevarez provided a glimmer of hope, as her bloop single sparked a torrid come-from-behind rally that Sierra parlayed into a stunning 5-4 victory.

“I don’t know how we won that game,” Sierra coach Bill Faulkner said. “The girls were flat after the long ride up to Sonora, and we had to wait another 30 minutes because the umpire showed up late.

“We had no confidence, and the girls doubted themselves. But in the bottom of the sixth inning, CeCe held a meeting in the (pitcher’s) circle and basically said that we have to get it together.

“She started it with the base hit in the seventh. She took charge and took us home.”

Tessa Solario kept the rally alive by drawing a four-pitch walk, and Jessica Montiel (2 for 3) got Sierra on the board with an RBI double.

Shelby Shirron (2 for 3) smacked a line-drive single for the second run.

The big go-ahead shot came from Lily Gonzales, batting from the leadoff spot, who crushed a two-run triple off an 0-2 pitch.

Relief pitcher Katelynn Perkins rung up two of her three strikeouts in a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Nevarez threw the first four innings and struck out six.

Sierra (8-1 Valley Oak League, 13-1 overall) continues its rough week with Weston Ranch at home today before facing first-place Oakdale on the road Wednesday.

Sophomore baseball
Sierra 8, Ceres 3
Winning pitcher Rodrigo Contreras helped his cause with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. He logged five innings of work from the mound, while Dominic Alejandre threw the final two.

Bret Wilson was 2 for 3 with two runs and two more driven in. Jason Angelo finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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