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Waggy drives in all Sierra runs including game-winner

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POSTED May 5, 2010 2:44 a.m.
By JASON CAMPBELL  
Staff reporter of the
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Johnny Waggy wasn’t looking for anything but a pitch to hit each time he stepped into the batter’s box.

And the Sierra sophomore standout didn’t waste any time in doing the damage necessary to prevent the Central Valley Hawks from clawing their way back in to a pivotal Valley Oak League matchup.

Waggy drove in Sierra’s first two runs in the third inning on a double, belted another in the fifth inning that drove in the game-tying run, and blasted a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh that drove in Dylan DeBrouwer and handed Sierra a 4-3 victory.

“I just went up there looking to swing for a pitch that was inside or over the plate,” Waggy said. “As a team we played defense really well, and that’s what kept us in this game and gave us the win.”

Sierra’s starting pitcher Dylan DeBrouwer didn’t have a whole lot of trouble with Central Valley’s lineup early in the contest – striking out five batters in the first two innings and retiring the side in the third to keep Sierra firmly in the race.

But a brief shakeup of confidence in the fourth inning led to a Scott Myatt home run and appeared to turn the tide in Central Valley’s favor.

Despite DeBrouwer’s success on the mound, fanning 10 batters in the contest, it was a total team effort for Sierra (6-6 VOL, 11-10 overall) who celebrated the change of pace following the contest. The team still has to travel to Ceres to play the Hawks (5-7, 11-11) before rounding out the season with intra-district rival Lathrop and a pair against cross-town rival East Union to end the regular season.

“We were lucky that we played good enough as team today to get the win,” DeBrouwer said. “I thought I pitched pretty well, but I got a lot of help from the defense that really kept us in the game.”

Sierra head coach Jack Thomson agreed with the assessment.

“Dylan had a good day on the mound, but there was a point there where he lost a little bit of focus and had to settle himself down,” he said. “So far this year we haven’t had a whole lot of offense, but Johnny (Waggy) did it all at the plate for us today and we had the defense to back that up.

“I think it’s the best that Scotty has pitched in his last three or four outings, and once he found his command it was a different game.”

On top of his 10-strikeout game, DeBrouwer finished the game with a pair of singles and three runs scored. Waggy finished 3 for 4 with the three doubles and four RBIs. Sierra leadoff batter Kenny Leasure scored the team’s first run in the bottom of the third after getting on base with a single.

The Timberwolves will travel to Ceres on Thursday to take on the Hawks. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.
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