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Clutch hitting helps Sierra earn tourney title

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POSTED March 12, 2013 12:26 a.m.

Sierra racked up three straight one-run wins, including two by 2-1 margins on Saturday, to claim the “Pool A” championship in the Ceres Tournament held at Riverbank’s Rainbow Fields.

The Timberwolves, who remain perfect at 7-0, first dispatched two-time defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division V champion Hughson. They scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.

Allison Walljasper drove in one of those runs, finishing 1 for 1 with two walks while striking out 11 in from the pitcher’s circle. Sommer Wilson smacked a double for Sierra’s other score, and leadoff hitter Iyana Hughes went 2 for 4.

In its final contest Saturday night, Kaitlyn Perkins delivered the big blow with a two-run double in the first inning. Walljasper pitched the first two innings and struck out four, while Wilson threw the final four and also fanned four.

“Overall it was a good tournament, and we were able to get everybody plenty of playing time,” Sierra coach Nick Olmo said. “We beat some good teams today, which should help us as we go into league.”

Sierra takes on another 7-0 club in visiting Ripon on Wednesday. Argonaut visits for the Timberwolves’ final pre-league contest before challenging reigning Valley Oak League champion Oakdale on the road on March 20.

 

Pool C

Weston Ranch 8, Summerville 3

Naomi Thurman delivered three RBIs, a triple and two runs in a 2-for-4 effort that helped the Cougars bounce back from last Thursday’s losses to Johansen and Ceres.

Vanessa Contreras (2 for 3, run) and Elysia Hernandez each drove in a pair of runs.

 

Weston Ranch 3, Pitman 1

The Cougars (6-2) capped their tournament run strong behind 2-for-2 efforts from Arianna Hernandez and Contreras. Summer Malone contributed a double and a run.

Weston Ranch opens VOL play at Lathrop on March 20.

 

Nonleague

East Union 14, Franklin 0

At Northgate Softball Complex, the 10 of 11 Lancer hitters contributed at least a knock and totaled 16.

Highlighting the hit parade were Gianna Gesler and Cherish Burks, who were each 2 for 3 with home runs. Laura Gann also went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles.

Freshmen Samantha Owen (3 for 3, 2 doubles), Alejandra Rascon (2 for 3, double) and Michelle Castro (4 innings pitched, one hit) were other big contributors.

East Union (5-1) is back in action today at Modesto.

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