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DeGraaf, Knights edge Waterford in SL pitcher’s duel

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POSTED April 14, 2018 12:28 a.m.

WATERFORD — Madison DeGraaf and Ripon Christian prevailed in a duel between sophomore aces on Friday, as the Knights came up with their biggest win of the season 2-0 against Waterford.
The victory keeps Ripon Christian (5-1, 10-3 overall) a game back of Southern League-leading Mariposa and follows a lackadaisical 5-3 triumph over Orestimba.
“Our players and coaches were not happy with that game, and they came back and played like a championship team today,” RC coach Lenny Rizzuto said.
It was scoreless until the fifth inning when Nicole Chapman doubled and was plated on Adriana Arias’ bunt single. Then in the sixth, DeGraaf provided the insurance run with a RBI single up the middle to score Sarah Brown. Chapman finished 3 for 3, while Brown was 2 for 3.
The game was otherwise dominated by pitching and defense. DeGraaf recorded eight strikeouts in a four-hitter, while Tawni McCarty struck out 10 while scattering seven hits for the Wildcats (3-2, 7-4)
“Both pitchers were just dealing,” Rizzuto said. “I can’t say enough how well Madison pitched, amd Tawni had our batters off balanced all day with her change-up. Just a phenomenal job of pitching on both sides.”

East Union 10,
Weston Ranch 0 (5)
The Lancers (4-2 VOL, 11-4 overall) had their way with Weston Ranch (0-7, 1-8) for a second straight day.
Allie Tajii went 3 for 3 with four RBIs and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Izabella Owen added four hits and three runs. Allie Parker contributed three knocks. Pitchers Hayley Leonard and Shelby Cefalu combined for a two-hitter.

Escalon 1, Ripon 0
ESCALON — The Cougars (4-0 TVL, 16-0 overall) kept their undefeated start alive by scoring an unearned run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Two Ripon pitchers combined for a three-hitter. Eric Jaquez struck out four and walked six in five innings. Jake Komatsu took the loss in relief. Sean McCann accounted for two of the Indians’ six hits. They fell to 1-2 in league, 10-4 overall.   
Oakdale 90, Sierra 79
Nik Brink spearheaded a 1-2-3 finish in the 500-yard freestyle for the host Timberwolves (5-2), tying it at 55-55 with four events remaining.
Oakdale dominated the rest of the meet to escape with the win.
Brink also won the 200 free, while Erick Enriquez took first in the 100 butterfly. David Tolman took second in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke by narrow margins.

Oakdale 132, Sierra 41
Meghan Tolman placed first in the 100 breaststroke but was the lone winner for Sierra (3-4).
Oakdale rolled to an 88-22 lead, getting 1-2-3 finishes in four of five events during one stretch.

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