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Simerly takes no-no into fifth as Cougars snap three-game skid

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POSTED March 5, 2013 1:20 a.m.

By JONAMAR JACINTO

The Bulletin

Weston Ranch tallied its first win of the season behind a strong pitching performance from James Simerly and a breakthrough effort from the offense Monday.

Simerly held visiting rival Edison hitless in his 4 2/3-inning start, and he was supported by a five-run outburst in the fifth as the Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak with an 8-2 victory. The nonleague contest was called after six innings because of darkness.

The Cougars sent 12 batters to the plate in the fifth, and four of their eight hits went for extra bases. Meanwhile, Simerly went on to strike out six and walked none. Ishmael Harris and Jared Ferrari threw in relief.

“It was Simerly’s first start from the wrestling season, and all of our pitchers were hitting the strike zone and kept Edison off balanced,” Weston Ranch coach Ron Wayman said. “I’m proud of the fact that the guys bounced back from two really close losses last week. The bats came alive tonight.”

Ferrari was one of four Cougars to rap at least three hits. He went 4 for 4 and drove in five runs. Ron Ramos was a homer shy of the cycle and finished 3 for 4. Jesse Furtado and Cody Simerly were also 3 for 4.

Weston Ranch (1-3) hosts Brookside Christian on Thursday.



Johansen Tournament

Beyer 8, Manteca 1

The Buffaloes (3-3) completed tourney action with their third straight loss in the third-place match at Johansen High Saturday. It was also a rematch of an opening-day meeting between the two clubs. Manteca won that game 11-6 last Wednesday.

Manteca has struggled to produce runs since, plating three over its next three.  Jake Corn drove in its lone run Saturday with an RBI double.

Sophomore Dominic Pisano (2 innings), Lucas Vaughn (3 innings) and Nate Chivello (2 innings) split pitching duties. Joe Pedlowe went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to lead Beyer.

“Right now our pitching is carrying us, but the defense and offense are a little bit behind,” said Manteca assistant coach Mike Costa.

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