Jacob Peterson and Sierra fended off a last-inning threat from visiting Central Catholic on Tuesday, inducing a game-ending 4-6-3 double play turned by middle infielders J.T. Ortiz-Martinez and Diego Duarte in a 4-3 victory that starts off the Valley Oak League schedule for the Timberwolves.
Sierra (1-0 VOL, 6-4 overall) did all of its damage in the bottom of the third. The Raiders (1-2, 3-6) struck first in the top half with Orlando Leon’s RBI double.
Peterson answered with a two-run double of his own, and he was followed by RBI knocks from Hunter Frisk and Jaden Pina as the T’wolves staked a 4-1 lead. Central Catholic added two more in the fourth. Chase Costa (2 for 4) drove in a run with an infield hit, and Leon (2 for 2) drew a bases-loaded walk.
Jesse Babauta (2 for 3, double) and Ortiz-Martinez each rapped a pair of hits for Sierra, which totaled 10. Peterson scattered six hits in the complete-game win.
The series shifts to Central Catholic on Thursday.
Oakdale 12, East Union 2
OAKDALE — First-place Oakdale (3-0, 11-2) got an early boost from Cullen Bearden, who drove a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the first inning and scored on the same play thanks to an error. The Mustangs plated two more in the second for a 6-0 lead.
Gyse Hulsebosch plated Danny Marquez (singled) with a base hit for East Union’s first run in the third. Fernando Segura scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.
The Lancers (0-1, 6-4) were held to six hits by Vito Rodin and Michael Juarez. East Union used three pitchers and committed three errors behind them.
Kimball 8, Lathrop 3
TRACY — David Lopez slugged a one-out, bases-clearing triple in the top of the fourth inning, but it was all Lathrop (0-1, 3-5-1) could muster up for the contest. David Gonzalez (2 for 3, walk) had a double in the inning.
Lopez had the hot bat for the Spartans throughout, finishing 3 for 3 with a leadoff triple in the sixth. Kimball reliever Ryan Rivera took the mound after that, striking out two of the next three batters to preserve a 4-3 lead. The Jaguars (2-1, 6-3-1) scored three times in the bottom half to run away with it.
On top of recording the save, Rivera drove in the game’s first two runs in the opening frame with a two-RBI bomb.
Ripon Christian 4,
Le Grand 3
LE GRAND — The Knights (2-1, 6-3) scratched across a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to jump ahead, and Jadon Vander Molen (three strikeouts, hit) pitched three scoreless innings in relief to help seal the win.
Ripon Christian pounded 13 hits but left 11 runners on base. Jake Groshing, Bowen Terra and Brian Thomas each went 2 for 4 with a double. Dale Fisher and Ian Vrieling also had two hits apiece.