The Sierra Timberwolves were able to open the 2013 season victorious, blasting Livingston High 11-5 Friday in the season-opener for both clubs.
Gerald Parente got a clutch, two-out, two-run, pinch-hit double to give Sierra a 6-5 lead it wouldn’t look back from. The double was part of a three run third inning which lead into a five-run Sierra fourth.
“Parente had a big pinch hit in the third,” Sierra head coach Jack Thomson said. “He has worked hard and has made some adjustments and it is paying off for him.”
Sierra saw struggles on the mound early, putting Livingston in position for a big third inning after scoring the game’s first run in the top of the second. Thomson said, “our pitching didn’t throw enough strikes early in the game … we need to find some strike throwers.”
Jake Pruitt was 2-for-4 with a double for the Timberwolves, while Jake Souza had a triple and Dakota Connors and Parente both had doubles. Ryan Vasquez came on in relief for Sierra, attacking the strike zone after the Timberwolves were able to take the lead in the fourth.
Central Valley 5, Lathrop 0
In Ceres Monday, Preston Rizo threw three solid innings for the Spartans, giving up one unearned run and four strikeouts.
Mikey Pereznegron belted a leadoff single, but Lathrop sputtered offensively for the remainder of the game as Central Valley pitching twirled a three-hitter.
Jonamar Jacinto contributed to this report.