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Sierra’s Desiree Mejias makes a play against Oakdale on Thursday in a 6-0 road win for the Mustangs

POSTED April 5, 2018 12:57 a.m.

Sierra High had hoped for a better outing against visiting Oakdale on Wednesday.

In a battle between two of the top teams in the Valley Oak League, the Mustangs took care of business with strong pitching and defense coupled with timely hitting in the 6-0 victory.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Timberwolves coach Vic DeAnda.

Oakdale (4-0 VOL, 11-0) got a masterful performance from pitcher Lexi Webb, who allowed just one runner in the fourth. She helped her cause by blasting a two-run home run in the first innings and then proceeded to retire the first 14 batters in order.

Webb allowed just one hit while striking out 12.

Sierra (5-1 VOL, 7-4) got an eight-strikeout effort from pitcher Lindsey Walljasper, who allowed seven hits including a pair of homers.

The Mustangs opened the scoring with third baseman Grace Green singling in the first and scoring on Webb’s two-run blast.

Shortstop Brittany Bye delivered a two-run single in the third to make it 4-0. Jazzlyn Velasquez had a lead-off infield single, Green drew a walk and Webb was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Catcher Riley Goodridge led off the fourth with a solo bomb to left center, padding Oakdale’s lead, 5-0.

The Mustangs added an insurance run in the seventh.

“I think the great thing is that we get to play them again,” said DeAnda, who wants nothing more to prove that this first go-around with Oakdale was an off day for his team.

The two teams are schedule to meet again in the VOL finale on May 2.

Sierra is scheduled to play Kimball on Tuesday.

East Union 13, Lathrop 2

The Lancers (3-1 VOL, 9-2) took advantage of 11 hits and eight walks in their win over the Spartans at Northgate.

They did most of the damage in the first, scoring nine runs in the five-inning affair.

Centerfielder Allie Tajii went 3 for 3 at the plate while Shelby Cefalu was 2 for 3 with a home run in the third.

Ally Roberts and Danielle Ramos, who also doubled, had two hits each.

Lathrop (0-5 VOL, 1-13) got a double from Joselyn Hurtado.

Manteca 11, Lathrop 1

The Buffaloes (2-3 VOL, 9-4) received solid pitching and hitting in their five-inning win over the visiting Spartans on Wednesday.

Sophomore pitcher Alyssah scattered three hits, fanning five while yielding a run.

“We were also patient at the plate,” said Manteca coach Josh Farris.

Isabella Gonzales, for one, drew four walks while scoring three times.

Kaylee MacDannald went 2 for 3 while scoring three runs. She also swiped three bases.

Kayla Ching was 2 for 2 with 3 RBI and scored twice.

Harnden helped her cause by driving in a pair of runs.

The Cougars (0-3 VOL, 1-4) continue to search for their first league win.


East Union 20, Lathrop 13

Ariana Harris helped paced the Lancers past the Spartans at Northgate on Wednesday.

She did so by going 4 for 4 at the plate with home run and six RBI.

Teammate McKayla Lopez drove in four runs. She went 3 for 4 and scored twice.

Bradee Jeffrey also went 3 for 4 with three RBI.

Cynthia Romero, in addition, was recognized for dropping down a text-book bunt for East Union. (3-0 VOL, 10-3). 

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