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Sierra avenges extra-inning loss with walk-off win

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East Union shortstop Brett Riley makes the turn on the double play as Sierra's Kenny Leasure tries to break up the play Thursday in VOL action.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED May 14, 2010 2:47 a.m.
John Waggy had already turned around three East Union pitches for base hits, so when he got a shot to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth his chances were pretty good.

Waggy cashed in on his shot, driving a Colby Seibel offering to left-centerfield and giving Jonathan Davis a chance to score when the throw to the plate sailed into the backstop for the winning run and a 5-4 Sierra win.

Waggy finished the game 4 for 5 and helped give a determined group of Timberwolves reason to celebrate their Valley Oak League finale.

“You know what, it was good for our kids for no other reason than that is how we have played our whole season,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “It was a fitting end to our season, and it was good to get them here at our yard.

“They left us on the field Tuesday and we left them on the field today.”

Davis got on via walk to lead off the inning and then found himself in scoring position after advancing on a wild pitch. The pressure to get down the sacrifice bunt was eliminated, giving Waggy a prime opportunity to be a hero for Sierra.

“Coach told me I was going to put a bunt down if he got to first base,” Waggy said. “I ended up taking two pitches that were balls and got myself into a hitter’s count, and came at me with a pitch right down the middle.

“I tried to put a good enough swing on it to drive in it in the outfield and it ended up working out for our team.”

Davis had pushed Sierra (9-7 VOL, 14-11 overall) up early when he hit a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the third to push the Timberwolves up 4-0. Steven Detmers (3 for 4) got on first with a single, followed by a Kenny Leasure single and then Joey Valencia reached on a fielder’s choice. Davis immediately changed the course of the game, lining the first-pitch out of the yard in straight right field.

“It felt really good,” Davis said of the bomb. “I waited on it and let it get deep and was able to hit it good.

“Last year against them, we kind of let it slip away, so we came out today and really wanted to take this one.”

The Lancers (6-10, 11-15) had no interest in laying down, fighting back from a 5-0 deficit to force the contest into extra innings. Freshman Jordan Kron was responsible for igniting a lackluster Lancer effort offensively, leading off the fifth inning with a solo shot. Kron was far from done, pulling the Lancers to within one with a towering three-run home run to deep left field.

“I don’t know if the word quit is in our kids’ vocabulary, because they just keep digging and digging,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “I think that last two games really showed the kind of heart they have. It was a well-played game today by both sides and it was tough to see someone lose.

“We were on the short end; you have to tip your cap to Sierra, they did what they needed to do to come away with the win.”

Kron led the Lancers with a 3-for-4 performance, complete with two homeruns and a double. Kron drove in four of East Union’s five runs in the loss. John Ott was 2 for 5 with the game-tying-RBI on a bloop-  single to right with two outs in the seventh.

“Coming out of Tuesday with a win gave us big expectations for today,” Kron said. “We really weren’t getting anything going and someone had to get it done. I came out with a plan and was just determined to do something productive.

“Today was just my day, I had that feeling going on.”

The Lancers seemingly had the first batter on in the seventh when Brett Riley lined a pitch to center that was ruled a catch, but left room for disagreement. Another discrepancy occurred in the eighth inning when East Union had the winning run on third and a ground ball to shortstop Dylan DeBrouwer was tossed across the diamond for a bang-bang out. The play ended the Lancers’ most serious threat and gave Sierra another opportunity they wouldn’t forfeit.

Sierra got a solid start from lefty Bryce Willis. Willis was masterful for four innings, giving up his first run on Kron’s first homer. He got in a little trouble in the sixth, before giving way to Caleb Young who retired two of the first three hitters he faced.

“Bryce did a great job,” Thomson said. “I wasn’t going to start him because he threw four innings Tuesday, but he came up to me yesterday and said coach I’m fine and I want the ball.

“He did a great job for us and really made some big pitches.”

East Union got four shutout innings of relief from Seibel after starter Steven Gigli was chased after five.

— Jagada Chambers
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