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Rough debut for T’wolves; Lathrop win unravels late

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POSTED March 4, 2014 1:55 a.m.

TURLOCK – It wasn’t the clean start Sierra skipper Jack Thomson had hoped for.

Turlock scored seven times in the first inning en route to a season-opening 9-2 victory on Monday afternoon. The Bulldogs pounded out four hits in the decisive inning, but got a lot of help from the Timberwolves.

Starter Blake Sundquist (0-1) walked two batters and plunked another. He was eventually relieved in the third inning by Leo Soto, who surrendered two runs over the final four innings. 

Turlock, a Division I program competing in the Central California Conference, scored nine runs on nine hits. Gavin Gaffeney and Nick Benson went 2-for-2, with Benson roping a double. 

Sierra was able to match Turlock’s sticks – just not its run production.

The Timberwolves scored in the first and fourth innings, managing just two runs on seven hits. Ryan Vasquez had the hottest bat, finishing 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Blake Cederlind (1-0) gave up one run in three innings to earn the win for the Bulldogs, while Benson and Marcus Lopez came on in relief. 


Grace Davis 4, Lathrop 2

One letdown – one bad inning – was enough to spoil Lathrop’s Opening Day.

The Spartans carried a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning, but Grace Davis reeled off four runs to escape with the victory. 

Lathrop struck for its runs in the first and fourth innings. Charles Garcia and Richie Juarez accounted for both runs, finishing with identical lines: 2-for-3, with a stolen base and a run scored. 

Still, it wasn’t enough to escape the sting of a season-opening loss. Lathrop left eight runners in scoring position with less than two outs.

“We had too many missed opportunities,” Lathrop coach Randy Baltazar said. “… We had won every inning except for one and it cost us. We’ll learn from this and make adjustments, no doubt about it.”

Miguel Castellanos went 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking two before leaving in the sixth after giving up two runs. He gave way to Carlos Estrada, who yielded two runs on two hits. Estrada also struck out one. 

Lathrop (0-1) travels to Stagg tonight. First pitch is 6 o’clock.

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