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Ranch busts out of slump against LHS
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STOCKTON — Swept and shut out by Valley Oak League-leading Kimball last week, Weston Ranch broke out of the offensive slump Tuesday and routed Lathrop, 11-3.
The Cougars (4-7, 9-10-2) swept Central Catholic two weeks ago but plated only three runs in doing so. Last Thursday, Kimball ace Gabe Cortinas pitched a perfect game in a 10-0 win at the Ranch.
“We played hard and played better,” Cougars coach David Hager said. “There’s still room for improvement, but overall we’re happy to get back in the win column.”
Rylan Tinsley battled through fatigue and logged six innings, registering seven strikeouts. Two of the three runs he gave up were unearned. Lathrop (0-11, 6-13-1) scored all of its runs early and trailed 5-3 after three innings. Weston Ranch broke away with a four-run sixth.
Tinsley also helped himself with a two-run homer. Austin Cappas fiished 3 for 4 with three steals. Carlos Drain and Anthony Aguilar (three RBIs) each went 2 for 3.
Southern League
Ripon Christian 5, Waterford 2
WATERFORD — The Knights (9-2, 12-6-1) stretched their winning streak to eight while keeping pace with Mariposa for the SAL lead.
They led 3-0 after two innings and rode a combined four-hitter from Jadon Vander Molen and Nolan Lingley. Vander Molen fired eight strikeouts and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings, while Lingley struck out three of the six batters he faced to pick up the save.    
Lingley also accounted for three of Ripon Christian’s eight hits, going 3 for 3 with a double, a RBI and two runs. Vander Molen finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Dale Fisher hit a double.