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Souza, Wilson carry Sierra’s shutout

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Souza, Wilson carry Sierra’s shutout

Weston Ranch’s Marcus Vaga’Tatum gets back to second ahead of the tag on a pickoff attempt by Sierra’s Jacob Souza in a 6-0 home win for Sierra.

DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED April 4, 2013 2:04 a.m.

Sierra leadoff hitter Jacob Souza did his job Wednesday and Weston Ranch did not as the Timberwolves sprinkled six runs over six innings on the way to a 6-0 win over the Cougars.

After striking out in his first at-bat, Souza finished 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and from his second base position was in on double plays in the sixth and seventh innings.

Although he had a stellar day, the Sierra sophomore thought he could have done better.

“I swung at a couple of bad pitches,” Souza said. “And I took some good pitches. I could have done better. I was seeing the ball well but I could have seen the curve ball better.”

Timberwolves starting pitcher Marc Wilson kept the Cougars (0-3 VOL, 0-11) off balance, allowing just two infield hits and striking out three in five innings. Weston Ranch only got three balls out of the infield – all caught for outs.

“I was just trying to throw strikes,” Wilson said, “and our defense made a lot of plays as there were a lot of ground balls.”

Souza was the only Sierra batter to have more than one hit, and Timberwolves coach Jack Thomson was not at all pleased with his team’s effort.

“We came out flat,” Thomson said. “I am very disappointed as we had a very lackluster effort. We won’t beat many people playing with the energy we had today.”

He was, however, complimentary of Souza.

“Souza has done a great job for us all year – he is one of our best hitters. He has good approach at the plate and shows up to play and has done a great job.”

The Cougars committed three errors and had other fielding miscues, paving the way for Sierra’s second Valley Oak League victory. The Timberwolves are now 2-1 in conference play and 8-5-1 overall.

“We just need to cut down on the errors,” Weston Ranch coach Mitch Wayman said. “The main problem this game was our errors. If we cut down those errors, that would be it. We would have it.

“They happen to have a very good team but compared to years past we have a very good team as well. These guys have been on it.” 

Jacob Vaughn came on in relief of Wilson in the sixth inning and faced only six batters, but he did it the hard way. The first batter in each inning reached first base, but a 6-4-3 double play in the sixth and a 4-6-3 double play in the seventh squelched any hope for late-inning drama.

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