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T’Wolves rally to collect needed win

Sierra faces EU next with postseason on the line

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T’Wolves rally to collect needed win

Jordan Louie struck out four in four innings of work Thursday during Sierra's 5-4 win over Central Valley.

BRANDON PETERSEN/The Bulletin


POSTED May 1, 2009 3:47 a.m.
Sierra High shook off a lifeless start Thursday at home to rally from a three-run deficit and earn a 6-4 win over Central Valley.

The contest was a must-win for the postseason-hopeful Timberwolves, who now head into a season-ending series with East Union looking to leapfrog Sonora for the second and final Valley Oak League playoff spot.

The good news for Sierra is the Wildcats (9-3 VOL) must face undefeated Oakdale next week, needing at least one win to force a tiebreaker scenario, assuming the T’Wolves (8-4) get the job done against the Lancers.

Of course, considering recent history, nothing is guaranteed.

“EU may not be the best team, but, you know, inner-city rivals — they’re going to bring their best game to try and beat us and knock us out of the playoffs,” Thursday’s starter Jordan Louie said. “It’s always been a grudge match between us, especially our (senior) class, so it’s going to be a great series.”

Louie tossed four innings of three-run ball Thursday, striking out four and winding up with a no-decision.

Central Valley rallied with two outs in the top of the third when Martin Gomez hit a two-run double off the wall in right and came around to make it 3-0 on a passed ball.

But after CV starter Greg Guerra (eight strikeouts) started off with three perfect innings, he walked five in the bottom of the fourth, and Jonathan Davis (2 for 3) capped the three-run frame with an RBI single through the hole in the right side.

“JD moved from the two-spot to the eight,” Sierra skipper Jack Thomson said. “It wasn’t punishment; we just hadn’t been getting anything out of the bottom of the order at all. He gave us a lift today, and that was a big positive for us.”

Sierra pieced together two more in the fifth with two outs after Louie blasted an opposite-field double that plated Jacob Angelo and Jordan Ribota went opposite field for a single that brought around Louie.

Ribota took over on the hill in the fifth collected the win after allowing an unearned run in the sixth.

The crafty lefty sent down four by way of strikes.

“It was a must-win, and I was a little disappointed because we came out flat,” Thomson said. “We didn’t play well early, and good teams play well early. But I was happy with the fact that we found a way to get it done. We got a good effort from both of our pitchers.”

Davis led off the sixth with a knock and moved to third on passed balls before Scottie DeBrouwer chopped an RBI single up the middle.

Sierra finished with just five base hits, however.

“We didn’t hit the ball really well, and we haven’t lately,” Thomson said. “The last three games I know why — we faced Gomez, (Justin) Jones and (Nick) Vander Tuig. Today we didn’t face one of those guys, and we just weren’t real sharp at the plate.”

Heading into the season-closing series last year with the Lancers, Sierra faced a similar situation, needing just one win to qualify for the playoffs.

After EU swept, Sierra went home early.

The Timberwolves are more than cognizant of that fact this time around.

“I think they know what’s at stake,” Thomson said. “Hopefully we’re a little more prepared to play next week than we were today.”
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