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Parker outduels Hawkins; records no-hitter

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POSTED May 1, 2010 2:50 a.m.
OAKDALE – Oakdale High standout Brianna Parker gave one of her more impressive showings of the season, outdueling Sierra starter Gabby Hawkins in a well-played 1-0 Valley Oak League win over the Timberwolves Friday at Oakdale High.

Parker was brilliant in the win, striking out 14, surrendering no hits and fumbling the perfect game by handing Sierra’s Randi Heriford a base on balls. Hawkins did her part, striking out eight, yet had to cope with the loss after a fifth-inning double, followed by a base hit gave Oakdale all the offense it needed.

“Defensively, we were on it,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “We made every play we had to make today, and we made them when we had to.

“That is going to keep us in ball games and I’m very proud of what they did in the field.”

Sierra (6-5 VOL, 12-9 overall) was coming off an impressive win over Ceres High Wednesday, but could not extend its winning streak to three games.

The teams were knotted in a scoreless tie through the first four frames, but Oakdale (10-1, 15-6-1) was able to strike first by stringing the two hits together.

“Yeah we struggled a little bit facing a great pitcher like we did today,” Olmo said. “We just didn’t get it done. It was one of those games that was going to come down to whoever was able to get that first run was probably going to win.”

The Timberwolves dropped both games of their two-game set with Oakdale by one run, giving the VOL leading Lady Mustangs all they could handle in both league meetings.

“We liked our chances going into the game,” Olmo said. “We played them pretty well the first game, minus the error that gave them the game, so we were feeling confident coming in.

“Through four innings we played solid ball; they strung together two hits and that was the difference.”

Sierra will try and rebound when they play host to the Central Valley Hawks Wednesday.

Sonora 10, Manteca 3
SONORA – The Buffaloes did nothing to help leave Sonora with a victory, leaving the bases loaded with no outs twice in their VOL loss to Sonora Friday.
Both teams banged out 12 hits, but the Wildcats were the only team capable of cashing in with runners in scoring position.

“They took advantage every time they had runners in scoring position and we didn’t,” Manteca head coach Todd Hardcastle said. “That was the difference in the ball game.”

Manteca (6-5) left 15 runners stranded, forfeiting several opportunities to keep pace with the Wildcats.

Chellsee Lee paced Manteca, going 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Dallas Mould, Selena Gonzalez and Melissa Bond all went 2 for 4. Bond drove in a pair with a two-run double and Mould came around to score once in the loss.

The Buffaloes will be back on the diamond Monday when they meet up with the East Union Lancers fro a make-up game.

Weston Ranch 4, Lathrop 3
LATHROP — The Cougars (4-7, 8-13) secured their eighth overall victory, the most in program history in a single season, but had to come from behind to do so.

First-year varsity Lathrop could not hold onto a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning, as Reianna Dominguez smashed a two-run triple to score Desiree Fonoti and DeArbia Gardner to tie it. Alexandra Alvarado grounded out but drove in Dominguez for winning run.

Raylene Romo and Nikki Taylor were each 2 for 4 to lead Weston Ranch. Romo also drove in the team’s first run in the opening frame.

Serena Hernandez struck out seven and gave up no earned runs in a complete-game two-hitter but walked eight. She pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to preserve the win.

Mari Duenas and Krystal Ruiz each singled for Lathrop’s lone hits.

Trans Valley League
Ripon 5, Riverbank 2
RIPON – The Indians fell behind Riverbank 1-0 in the first inning, but fought back with two in the third and three in the fifth to post the come-from-behind Trans Valley League victory over the Bruins Friday.

Kirsten Mortimer led the charge with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate, driving in three and coming around to score once. Paullina Ceja finished the game 2 for 4, driving in a run and scoring once, while Alissa Vickers, Nicole Kaiser, Caryn Lake and Briana Hardesty all had hits as well.

Kaiser handled the pitching duties, giving Ripon (2-8 TVL, 11-10) seven innings of work, where she struck out three and failed to surrender an earned run.

— Jagada Chambers
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