Don’t worry little brother, I’ve got this.
Dustin Tinsley’s sixth-inning bases-clearing double gave Weston Ranch and by extension starting Cougars pitcher Ayden Tinsley a two-run lead Thursday with one-and-a-half innings left against host East Union in an Autism Awareness game at Agostini Field.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Ayden Tinsley collided with a Lancers baserunner and was forced to leave the game. Big brother Dustin Tinsley came in to get two consecutive strikeouts to end the game, giving Weston Ranch the 6-4 win and its first Valley Oak League victory this season.
Ayden Tinsley finished with eight strikeouts against a hit batter and five hits.
“Ayden Tinsley changed speeds and kept East Union off balance and out on their front foot,” Cougars coach David Hager said. “He did a great job of sticking with the game plan and understanding how to pitch today.
“Ayden just will not stop. He will compete until the last pitch of the game is complete.”
Steven Bustamante had an RBI single for Weston Ranch (1-9 VOL, 6-16) in the fourth inning and Dustin Tinsley knocked in a run in the fifth.
“Today was a perfect example of putting the ball in play competing for a full seven innings, and good things happen,”
East Union is a good team and I am really proud of the way we played today.”
Ryan VanArsdell tripled and scored for East Union (5-3, 9-8) in the first inning and Dylan Lee led off the second with a single for the Lancers and was the first of three East Union runs in the inning.
The Cougars host Lathrop today at 4 p.m. and on Tuesday at 4 p.m. the Lancers travel to Modesto on Tuesday to face Central Catholic.
Sierra 3, Weston Ranch 0
Ajay Grewal tallied seven blocks and four kills Thursday for Timberwolves in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-14 sweep of the Cougars in Valley Oak League action.
“After a slow start, the boys pulled it together and worked really well together,” Sierra coach Amy Rosendin said. “Noel Ruezga helped create the action with solid setting, recording 10 assists on the night. He was also solid at the service line scoring eight points for us.
“Ajay Grewal played large at the net with seven blocks and four kills. He really helped set the tone in the last two sets. It was a solid night. Just what I wanted to see as we prepare to face Manteca High on Tuesday.”
Brian Huynh (seven assists, five kills, three digs, three aces, block), David Caamano (six digs, four blocks, three kills, two aces) Arshdeep Grewal (five blocks, three kills) and Austin Kim (seven digs, ace, assist) rounded out the attack for the Timberwolves (7-1 VOL, 10-5).
Sierra hosts first-place Manteca on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Lathrop 596, Mountain House 463
Dominic Moreno earned medalist honors at 82 on Thursday to lead the Mustangs to the Western Athletic Conference win at Tracy Golf and Country Club.
John Wall Jr. paced the Spartans with a 105 followed by Jayden Wall (112), Matthew Hammond (125), Christopher Subia (126) and Jaden Holloway (128).
Junior varsity volleyball
Manteca 2, East Union 0
J.J. Manor posted six kills and a block to lead the Buffaloes to a 25-11, 25-12 sweep.
Manteca’s Fernando Lopez dished out 13 assists and added two kills. Johan Peringelil (three aces, block) and Christian Cardoza blasted three kills apiece with Yahir Martinez chipping in two aces.
Keenan Yang had five digs for the Lancers. Benni Estrada added three kills and an assist and Klaio Simpao posted six assists, two digs and a service point.
Weston Ranch 2, Sierra 1
The Timberwolves bounced back from a 25-20 loss to win the second set 25-20 but were edged in the third set 17-15.
Sierra’s Bonpatrick Estrella posted 14 digs. Primo Estandarte added 12 assists, six kills, six aces, six digs; Xavier Gaspar added eight digs, five kills and three aces and Owen Altadonna had 10 kills and eight blocks.