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Oakdale gets even with Sierra

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POSTED April 13, 2013 2:29 a.m.

The race for the Valley Oak League crown just got tighter.

Defending champion Oakdale avenged its league-opening loss to host Sierra with Friday’s 3-1 stunner. The loss was just the second of the season for Sierra (6-2 VOL, 15-2 overall), which came into the game ranked 17th in the nation on the Xcellent 25 list.

While there are still make-up games left to be played, there is essentially a three-way tie for second place with Sierra, Oakdale and Kimball all having two losses. Kimball put together an impressive 9-0 win over East Union, which holds a one-game lead from the top of the standings.

Friday’s effort was uncharacteristic for the Timberwolves in every facet. Ally Walljasper walked four and allowed four hits while striking out seven. Two of the runs she gave up were earned.

Sierra didn’t get much offensive production from the top half of the order. Devi Coglio went 2 for 3 with a walk to lead the way. Gabby Olmo was 1 for 1 with a sacrifice bunt and a walk. She also plated Sierra’s lone run in the second.

“We just didn’t perform the way we usually perform,” Sierra coach Nick Olmo said. “I don’t know if it was because prom on their minds, but they were not as focused as they should have been today and it hurt us at the plate. We also made a couple of errors on the defense, and you have to play good, clean ball to beat Oakdale.”

Weston Ranch 13, Lathrop 2 (6)

Visiting Lathrop (1-6, 1-15) opened up a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Regina Juarez (doubled) and Marisela Duenas both scored on errors.

It was all Weston Ranch (3-5, 12-8) from there, as it rallied for their first six runs in the third and didn’t look back. Vanessa Contreras powered the Cougars with a double, a triple, four RBIs and two steals in a 3-for-4 effort. Elysia Hernandez also went 3 for 4, crushing a solo homer and scoring twice. Naomi Thurman hammered a double and plated three runs. Lydia McDonald and Mia Thurman each delivered two RBIs.

Arianna Hernandez pitched a six-inning four-hitter and struck out six.

Manteca 15, Sonora 5 (5)

Celina Cooper, Aryanna Martinez and Beth Aschenbrenner each crushed RBI doubles in Manteca’s torrid 12-run first inning before the Buffaloes put it in cruise control. Cooper had two knocks in the inning, finishing 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs. Selena Gonzalez (2 for 2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) and Martinez (2 for 2, 3 RBIs) also had multiple hits.

Peyton Rose was the winning pitcher in relief, striking out five and allowing one hit and a walk in 2 2/3 innings.


Lathrop 13, Weston Ranch 10

Weston Ranch’s come-from-behind attempt was thwarted by the two-hour time limit after the bottom of the fifth inning. The Cougars plated the game’s final runs with a one-out grand slam.

Celeste Marquez scored three times, hit 3 for 4 and was a homer shy of the cycle for Lathrop (3-5 VOL). Jenny McLaurin (3 runs) and Gabby Garcia also tallied three hits apiece. Winning pitcher Samantha Fonseca went the distance, striking out five and walking five.

Sierra 4, Oakdale 3

Sierra handed Oakdale its first loss of the season and it was the first time the T’Wolves defeated the Mustangs at the sophomore level in five years.

Kristen Maestretti was 2 for 3 with a triple and Shelby Owensby was 1 for 2 with an RBI. Sierra, which improved to 5-3 in the VOL, had five hits and held on for the win.

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