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Sierra deals Oakdale a serious blow

Hawkins dominates Mustangs in shutout victory

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Sierra deals Oakdale a serious blow

Gabby Hawkins threw a 12-strikeout, three-hit shutout Friday at Sierra High where the T'Wolves upended Oakdale 1-0 for the second time this season.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED April 25, 2009 2:51 a.m.
There’s a reason half of East Union’s roster was on hand Friday at Sierra High to witness the Timberwolves saddle Oakdale with another 1-0 loss.

Not only did the T’Wolves do the Lancers a favor by relegating Oakdale to the rear of the Valley Oak League four-horse race, but Sierra helped themselves in a major way after a critical loss to Ceres Wednesday.

As it stands now, the T’Wolves are back in the thick of the hunt at 7-3, and sitting pretty with a tiebreaker advantage over the always dangerous Mustangs.

If EU returns the favor and knocks off Ceres in a make-up game Tuesday, Sierra will head into a monster matchup with the Lancers Wednesday at Northgate Park tied for second place.

With just four games remaining on the docket, now the fun really begins.

“At practice (head coach) Nick (Olmo) told us we had to step up our game if we wanted to stay in this,” Sierra starter Gabby Hawkins said. “I just tried to focus on going out there and getting groundballs, having fun and staying relaxed.”

Hawkins got her groundball outs, seven to be exact. She also had 12 strikeouts, no walks, scattered just three hits and left the dejected Mustangs searching for answers afterward.

“Oakdale and the in-town rivalries, for some reason, those games really matter to this team,” Olmo said. “There was a different attitude, you could feel the energy.”

After Hawkins mowed down a pair in the first, Dawn Kilpatrick reached second on an Oakdale error with one out in the home half.

Heather Scharmann then moved Kilpatrick along with a groundball to the right side, and Hawkins hit Kilpatrick home with a hard-hit ball to second that was mishandled.

Although Sierra would consistently reach base the rest of the way, the first-inning tally would be all Hawkins would need.

Sierra’s ace retired 15 Mustangs in a row at one point.

“Gabby was phenomenal,” Olmo said. “She went out there and she took control. She was throwing hard. Everything she had to do, she got it done with style.”

Now the Timberwolves will look to repeat the magic against East Union.

“We just have to hit the ball,” Hawkins answered when as what it will take to be successful against the VOL frontrunners. “We have to play the same defensive game that we did today.

“If we do that, I think we’ll be fine.”
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