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Cougars, Vasquez roll all over Lutheran High
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WESTON RANCH – Weston Ranch High made every play they needed to make behind a dominant showing from pitcher Cristian Vasquez on its way to a one-sided 18-0 blowout of Lutheran High Wednesday.

Vasquez tossed a near-perfect three innings of work, striking out eight and holding Lutheran off-balanced while the Cougar bats went to work.

“Christian really gave us a chance to win this ball game,” Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith said. “He gave us a quality start and we were able to play the baseball on defense behind him.

“I was extremely pleased with our effort as an entire team.”

Camron Turner and Ahiha Etu both had breakout days at the plate, going 2 for 3 to lead the Cougars. Etu finished with a triple and a double and drove in three, while Turner also drove in three and stroked a triple.

The Cougars (4-7) will try and use the win as momentum as they continue Valley Oak League action April 6 with a road game against the East Union Lancers.

McNair 6, Lathrop 5
LATHROP – The Spartans nearly grabbed their third victory of the season, barely getting edged out by the McNair Eagles.

Lathrop starter Gabe Castellanos gave the Spartans all he could, going five innings and striking out three before giving way to Kevin Howard.

“I thought Gabe threw strikes and the defense was making plays behind him,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar. “I thought our pitchers came in the game and gave  us 100-percent.”

Mikey Pereznegron, Jared Weiler, Oscar Calix all finished 1 for 3, with Pereznegron scoring a run. A.J. Martinez and Alfonso Gonzales both went 1 for 1 and drove in a run.

The Spartans narrowly missed knocking McNair off, but being in the ball game will definitely give Lathrop something to build upon continuing the VOL season.

“Everyone contributed in today’s game,” Baltazar said. “We had timely hitting, good pitching along with a solid defense and with those three ingredients you’ll have be in a lot of close games like we were today.”

Sierra 5, LeMoore 3
FRESNO – The Sierra Timberwolves (7-4) were able to close the Fresno Easter Classic on a high-note, beating LeMoore High 5-3 Wednesday.

Joey Valencia got the start for the Timberwolves, going four innings and allowing four hits and one run for Sierra. Ken Leasure stretched hi normal one-inning outing into two, grabbing the win with a scoreless sixth and seventh.

Dylan DeBrouwer went 2 for 4 with a jack, while Valencia helped his cause with a 3 for 4 performance at the plate. Leasure went 2 for 4, while Caleb Young also had a 2 for 4 day at the plate.