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Combs, Mustangs overpower Sierra

Jonathan Davis hauls in a nice catch after a long run in Sierra's VOL loss to Oakdale High Friday. Davis led the Timberwolves with a 3 for 3 effort at the plate, including a 2-run homer.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED May 1, 2010 2:52 a.m.
Jonathan Davis sheered a 5-0 Oakdale High lead to 5-2 with a towering home run down the right field line in the fourth inning, but the Mustangs would answer with three more and held Sierra quiet in an 8-2 Valley Oak League sweep Friday.

Sierra (5-6 VOL, 10-10) proved incapable of bouncing back from a one-sided loss to the Mustangs a day prior, falling into its new customary act of providing its opponents a head start on the scoreboard.

“We haven’t done a good job of playing well early,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “And we’re not offensive, and so when we get get behind, it kind of sucks the energy out of us. We did such a good job for a while of scoring the first run of the game.

“And we just haven’t done that lately.”

Oakdale got things boiling quickly when starting pitcher Tanner Combs smashed a first inning two-run homer for himself an instant lead. Oakdale would push across another in the second and two more in the fourth to build a 5-0 lead before the Timberwolves were able to get anything going.

Combs was extremely effective in keeping the Sierra bats stifled, holding everyone in check excluding leftfielder Davis. Davis finished 3 for 3 against Combs, collecting the home run, a pair of singles and driving in Sierra’s only runs.

Defensively, the Timberwolves did not do enough to halt a 10-game VOL winning streak. Two second inning errors led to a run, and another botched stolen base attempt in the fourth inning helped plate the Mustangs another run.

“We didn’t play real well today, we kicked balls around more than we have all year,” Thomson said. “The one thing that we’ve done good for most of the year is play good defense, and we didn’t play good defense today.

“Oakdale is solid though; we’d have to play a pretty good game to beat them.”

Combs was masterful in a complete-game win, striking out eight and keeping Sierra from getting into any sort of a rhythm in the batter’s box.

“He has got to be a bulldog for us coming down the stretch right here,” Oakdale head coach Hondo Arpoika said of Combs’ performance. “He’s got to get after it and he’s got to want the ball and never want to come off the hill.

“He’s improved every week, and that’s what he’s supposed to do.”

Dylan DeBrouwer, Brian McAllastar and Joey Valencia all notched singles off of Combs.

Sierra will try and get back on the right track when they host the only VOL team to beat the Mustangs, Central Valley, at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Oakdale (11-1, 17-6) will welcome the Manteca Buffaloes.
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