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Sierra can’t stop Mustangs

East Union pitcher Justin Dias did all he could do to stop the bleeding, during the Lancers' 9-3 VOL loss to Sonora Thursday.


POSTED April 30, 2010 2:38 a.m.
OAKDALE – The Sierra Timberwolves could have folded after falling behind early, but they hung tough and battled, falling to the Oakdale Mustangs 7-2 in Valley Oak League play Thursday.

Sierra (5-5 VOL, 10-9 overall) starter Dylan DeBrouwer retired the first two batters of the contest, but Oakdale was able to manufacture four runs after those two outs, leaving Sierra with too steep a hole to climb out of.

“We battled throughout, but we just weren’t able to close the gap,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “They were just better, and sometimes that’s just the way it is.”

The Mustangs would push across the four in the first and add one in the second and two in the fourth. Sierra would push across their only two runs in the sixth inning. Oakdale (10-1, 16-6) took full advantage of their opportunities, scoring six of its seven runs with two outs.

Caleb Young led the Timberwolves by going 2 for 3 with an RBI, while DeBrouwer stroked a double in the loss. Oakdale held Sierra to just four hits in the contest.

The two clubs will be back on the diamond at 4 p.m, when they meet up at Sierra High.

Ceres 13, Manteca 10
CERES – The Buffaloes could not have made their challenge any more difficult, spotting the Ceres Bulldogs six runs in the first inning on their way to a 13-10 VOL loss Thursday.

Manteca (8-3, 13-7-1) forfeited an early 2-0 lead, when Ceres pushed across a half-dozen in their first trip to the plate. Buffaloe starter Matt Burrows was touched up for eight runs on three hits, suffering most from five free-passes.

Trey Roberts paced Manteca in the batter’s box, going 3 for 5 with three runs scored and a double. Robert Wise went 2 for 4 for the Buffaloes, as did teammate Matt Barber who came around to score twice and drove in a run.

Central Valley 8, Weston Ranch 4
CERES – The Cougars were able to make things interesting, but Central Valley held on for an 8-4 VOL win Thursday.

Tyler Scharnow handled the pitching duties for the Cougars (2-8, 6-13), striking out seven and walking one. J.R. Williams was Weston Ranch’s leading hitter, going 3 for 3 in the contests, with a pair of runs, a pair of stolen bases and a RBI. Christian Vasquez finished the game 3 for 4 with a RBI.

“We were down 6-1 after two innings, so we did a good job of battling back,” Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith said. “We just have to concentrate on playing seven strong innings.

“Hopefully we can do that and be competitive (today).”

The two clubs will meet up at 4 p.m. at Weston Ranch.

Sonora 9, East Union 3
The Wildcats scored early and often, thwarting an East Union comeback attempt with three runs over the final two innings of Thursday’s VOL win.

Steven Gigli went 2 for 3 with a double and a stolen base to lead the Lancers, while teammates Justin Dias and Ricky Inderbitzin both went 1 for 3 and drove in a run. Dias also swiped a base in the loss.

“We just have to keep on working on being more consistent,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “It seems we run into that one inning that puts us behind the eight ball.

“If we can avoid that we can be more competitive.”

Ripon Christian 15, Riverbank 4
RIVERBANK – The Knights jumped all over the Bruins, getting monster efforts form Aaron Fay and Robbie De Vries to cruise to a 15-4 win over Riverbank in Trans Valley League play.

Fay finished the game 3 for 4 and De Vries was 2 for 3, both connected on homeruns and drove in three. The pair also came around to score three times.

Clayton Prins went the distance for the Knights, holding Riverbank to just one potent inning, while Arie Den Dulk and Dylan Van Vliet went 2 for 4 and 2 for 3, respectively.
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