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ROUNDUP: Heath, Lancers lock down Oakdale in baseball series finale
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After two lopsided losses to begin Valley Oak League play, East Union’s baseball team was able to salvage a win Thursday in its best-of-three capper at Oakdale.

Ashton Heath made his season debut, striking out 10 over five scoreless innings as the Lancers came away with a comfortable 7-1 victory. A.J. Vazquez pitched the final two innings in the combined two-hitter.

Offensively, East Union (1-2 VOL, 7-4 overall) busted out with 10 hits after it was held to just one in the 10-0, six-inning loss to the Mustangs (3-3, 5-7-1) on Wednesday.

“It was a much better game, good approach,” East Union coach Dan Bauer said. “We did some good things today, and we’re looking forward to next week.”

Dylan Lee highlighted the barrage with a two-run triple. Brandon Garcia and Blake Mount contributed a double apiece. Ace Avelar, Noah Calmes and Garcia each stole three bases.

The Lancers host Manteca next Monday for the start of their next three-game series.


Central Catholic 1, Sierra 0

In Modesto, Braxton Thomas drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the third inning for Central Catholic (4-2, 6-4), and Adrian Garcia drove in the lone run with a triple.

That was all that was necessary for Raiders ace TP Wentworth, who fired 12 strikeouts against just one walk in his three-hit effort.

The visiting Timberwolves (3-2, 6-7) had a chance to respond in the fifth. Andreyas Gutierrez reached with a two-out single but was thrown out at the plate after Rudy Barney bashed a double. Sierra could only muster three runners in scoring position.

Josh Seals pitched well for Sierra, striking out six while giving up two hits and five walks in six innings.



Manteca 3, Kimball 2

The Buffaloes (2-1 VOL, 10-2 overall) bounced back from a mercy-rule loss at Oakdale with a key home victory.

Nayellys Torres returned to the pitcher’s circle after not throwing the first two league games, finishing with 12 strikeouts, one walk and four hits.

She was backed by a 10-hit attack that jumped ahead for good with two runs in the fourth inning. Jessica Almeida (two doubles, run, RBI), Elon James (RBI) and Sienna Lowery were all 2 for 3. Lauren Moncada contributed an RBI.

“Great team win today,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “We had contributions up and down our lineup. Anytime you can get a win in this league, which I think is the toughest in the area, you celebrate it. Appy for the girls and all their hard work paying off.”



Sierra 119, Kimball 52

The Timberwolves coasted to a VOL win in Tracy.

Bianca Fraser (200 IM, 100 fly) and Kiera Brink (50 free, 100 free) were both individual double winners who were also part of the first-place 200 free and 400 free relays.

Amy Fadeff won the 100 breaststroke and was also on the 200 free and 400 free relays. Jennifer Graves took first in the 200 free and 500 free, and Stefany Perez was the 100 backstroke winner.



Sierra 84, Kimball 48

Moises Alvarado (200 free, 100 back) and Bayan Ballew (200 IM, 100 IM) were both in on four first-place finishes. On top of winning their individual events, they were also on the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays.

Erfan Ballew contributed with wins in the 50 free and 100 free.



Oakdale 101, Sierra 34

The visiting Timberwolves were routed in the VOL dual meet, but Mia Lagunas provided a highlight with a winning and personal-best time in the 400-meter dash at 62 seconds.

Oakdale also won the frosh-soph competition, 58-40.



Oakdale 87, Sierra 48

Shomari McKnight did much of the scoring for Sierra with wins in the shot put and discus throw. Sprinter Joseph Habibi won the 200 and was the 100 runner-up.

Evan Greenwood and Anthony Grady each added a win in jump events. Sierra’s winning 4x400 was comprised of Mario Juarez, Omar Ayala, Jovan Sangha and Joseph Ramos-Fortes.

Sierra’s frosh-soph team also came up short, 75.5-35.5. Landen Nabb claimed the 800 and 1,600 and took part in the winning 4x400 relay.



TVL Tournament

Ripon is 4-0 in league tournaments this season after dominating the latest event Thursday at La Contenta Golf Course.

Chad Flory again led the way, shooting a 1-over 73. The Indians totaled 422 as a team, dusting the rest of the field that included Hughson (501), Livingston (534), Hilmar (554) and Escalon (576).

Jeremie Little turned in an 82, Vince Uecker an 84, Richie Hughes a 90 and Marcus Atienza a 92.

Ripon returns to action in the fifth TVL tourney on the other side of its spring break April 20 at Rancho Del Rey Golf Club.


Ripon Christian 216, Mariposa 309

Wyatt Hayes ended his solid round at River Creek Golf Course with a birdie to finish 2-over 38 in the Southern Athletic League dual match.

Ethan Schenk chipped in with a 41. Trey Van Groningen posted a 44, Cade Van Groningen had a 45 and Carter Van Groningen a 48.



Lathrop 3, Grace Davis 0

Lathrop had its way in the Western Athletic Conference tilt, 25-16, 25-14, 25-17.

Jerico Santillan produced 20 assists and eight kills. Gabriel Fa’ali’i led the attack with 13 kills. Christian Buerster added four kills and two solo blocks.

Alexander Vere chimed in with 12 assists and two aces, An Teitelbaum racked up nine digs and five aces and Charles Reyes led the defense with 15 digs.



Los Banos 14, Lathrop 0 (5)

Maci DeCosta and Luz De Luna each hit a single for the Spartans in the conference game at home Tuesday. DeCosta also pitched the complete game with two strikeouts and no walks.


JV softball

Los Banos 21, Lathrop 18

The Spartans fell short in the WAC slugfest Tuesday.

Anna Velasquez and Allana Lewis both finished 2 or 5 with two runs and an RBI. Velasquez also pitched six innings, firing five strikeouts while walking five.

Tatianna Lopez went 2 or 4 with two runs and an RBI. Madilynn Romero plated four runs, and Giselle Mejia scored three, drove in one and stole a base. Kira Davis and Alina Ledezma each contributed a hit and two runs.


JV boys volleyball

Lathrop 2, Grace Davis 0

Lathrop coasted to a 25-12, 25-11 sweep.

Justin Alvarez accumulated three kills, four aces and six digs. Yuvraj Dhillon added five aces and five digs. Ose Onobahgbe led the Spartans with five kills. Jorge Reyes set 13 assists, and Edmund Balugo picked up eight digs.