Sierra continued its offensive surge Wednesday in an 18-8 Valley Oak League win over visiting Lathrop.
The Timberwolves (10-1 VOL, 12-4 overall). remain a half game back of first-place Oakdale with a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth already secured. They’ve won five in a row and tallied double-digit run totals in four straight.
On Wednesday, Sierra doled out 20 hits in the five-inning blowout. Lisette Mejias went 3 for 3, drove in six runs and finished a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Naomi Perez added a 4-for-4 effort that included two RBIs and a double. Dominique Guevara was 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs.
Winning pitcher Savanna Guzman went the distance, striking out two while scattering seven hits. Jasmine Velasquez batted 2 for 3 with a run scored and another driven in for the Spartans (0-11, 1-19). Samantha Sales contributed two RBIs. Karina Lopez, Jailyn Annese and Briana Rose each knocked in a run.
Sierra, the reigning SJS Division IV champion, has a tough three-game stretch to close the regular season starting with a cross-town matchup at Manteca on Friday.
East Union 9, Kimball 5
TRACY — Trailing 3-0 after two innings, the Lancers (7-4, 14-6) plated seven unanswered runs starting with a three-run fourth to escape with the win and season sweep of Kimball (5-6, 8-10-1).
Izabella Owen made the most of her five plate appearances, going 4 for 4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and four RBIs. Bella Anchundo went 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs. Danielle Ramos slugged a pair of doubles for three RBIs. Allie Parker also had two hits, and the Lancers totaled 14.
Shelby Cefalu rung up eight strikeouts and pitched a complete game for East Union. Kimball’s Rylie Costa went 4 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs.
Oakdale 7, Manteca 0
OAKDALE — Alyssah Harnden doubled to account for one of just four hits for Manteca (6-5, 13-10), who remain a game ahead of Kimball for fourth place and one of four postseason berths.
Unbeaten Oakdale (10-0, 17-10) rapped 10 hits and blew it open with a three-run sixth inning.
Ripon Christian 22,
Denair 4 (5)
DENAIR — The Knights (6-3, 11-5) went on seven-run tears in the second and fourth innings.
Morgan Van Elderen (2 for 4, three RBIs), Sarah Brown (2 for 3, double two RBIs), Liz Thomas (2 for 2, two RBIs) and Nicole Chapman (1 for 3, double, four RBIs) plated four runs apiece. Natalie Mendes (2 for 3, double, RBI) and Madison DeGraaf (2 for 3, two RBIs, three runs) also contributed to the attack.
DeGraaf pitched the first two innings, while Brown struck out five in three relief innings.