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Sierra rolls past Lathrop

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POSTED May 13, 2010 2:33 a.m.
The Sierra Timberwolves had no choice but to put an extra-inning loss to East Union on Tuesday behind them in a hurry, and the Timberwolves proved capable, blasting Lathrop High 12-2 Wednesday in Valley Oak League action.

Sierra (8-7 VOL, 13-11 overall) had no interest in taking the game the distance, jumping out on Lathrop with three in the first, four in the second and two more in the third. A three-run fourth inning would be enough to get Sierra off the diamond in five innings, making it 15 innings in their past two games.

“We knew we had to win, and it was tough for our players today because we had such an emotional game yesterday,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “We went 10 innings against East Union, so we were grateful that we were able to get it done in five, because it saves a little bit of pitching for (today).

“With a three-game week and going 10 innings, it’s obvious that our pitching is going to be a little short.”

Joey Valencia went the distance for Sierra against the Spartans, striking out four and surrendering just four hits in five innings of work. Valencia only gave up one earned run in the outing.

Offensively, Sierra was led by Kenny Leasure’s 2 for 3 afternoon at the plate, Leasure connected on a double for one of his hits. John Davis was 1 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, while teammate Dylan Debrouwer stroked a double as well.

Lathrop (0-15, 2-19) was held to just four hits, with Gabriel Castellanos going 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Sierra will try and close out a tough VOL season with a win over East Union at 4 p.m., while Lathrop will play host to the Central Valley Hawks in its season finale.

— Jagada Chambers
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