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Sierra bats make up for sloppy gloves in win over Wildcats

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POSTED March 25, 2009 4:33 a.m.
Sierra improved to 3-0 in Valley Oak League play Tuesday afternoon at home with a 12-7 win over Sonora.

Three Timberwolf errors in the first two frames led to five Wildcat runs, but Sierra responded with four runs each in the third and sixth and won it going away.

Jordan Ribota got the start and lasted three before making way to Scottie DeBrower (2 for 3) and Andy Scott who finished things up with eight strikeouts combined.

Sierra racked up 14 hits, negating five fielding errors.

Jacob Angelo was 2 for 3, Scott went 2 for 4 with a double, and Ribota went 3 for 5 with a triple.

Jordan Louie also legged out a triple and turned in a 3-for-4 clip.

The Timberwolves (6-3 overall) travel to Sonora (2-3) Thursday.

Ceres 14, Weston Ranch 4

It wasn’t for a lack of pitching that the Cougars couldn’t get it done Tuesday.

Starter Antonio Joseph (2 ER, 4 H, 7 K) and Tyler Scharnow combined for 10 strikeouts in just five innings of work, and eight K’s through the first three.

But Ceres scored 12 runs on a number of fielding errors and turned in a mercy-shortened ending.

J.R. Williams was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and Brandon Matsomoto was 1 for 2 with two more.

Weston Ranch scored four in the top of the first, but three straight errors to start home half spelled doom.

Weston Ranch returns home Thursday for the back half of the home-and-home.

Central Valley 6, Manteca 2

Ricky Acosta gave up five hits in three innings of work and Curtiss May closed it out, allowing one earned on two hits in the Manteca loss.

Matt Burrows went 2 for 3 at the plate.

The Hawks broke it open with three in the third and two in the fourth.

Manteca (1-2 VOL) returns home Thursday.

— Brandon Petersen

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