LIVINGSTON — In a season-opening duel of defending champions, Sierra of the Valley Oak League made the timely plays on offense and defense to knock off Trans-Valley League titlist Livingston 8-1 on Friday.
“Overall, it was a great way to start the season,” Sierra coach Travis Thomson said. “Livingston is well-coached and does a lot of things right within the game. I felt we came out and played a clean game. We didn’t have any errors, we didn’t allow many walks and we played hard for all seven innings.”
Deshon Thomas set the tone in the top of the first inning, reaching the left-center field wall on a two-out, two-run double. He finished 3 for 3 and had two diving catches in the outfield.
The Timberwolves shines overall defensively behind their three pitchers, turning three infield double plays. Starter Austin Frisk picked up the win, allowing Livingston’s lone run in the second and five hits over four innings. Jakob Lopez scattered two hits in two relief innings, and Zach Fonseca pitched the seventh.
It doesn’t get any easier today as Sierra travels to Atwater to face Buhach Colony, the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III runner-up last season.
Manteca 11, Pacheco 4
LOS BANOS — The Buffaloes put it away with a six-run outpouring in the top of the seventh inning.
Fourth-year seniors Kaileah Johannsen (two doubles, two RBIs) and Kaylee MacDannald (three runs) both went 3 for 3 to spearhead the attack. Ariana Lowery finished 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and freshman Jessica Almeida knocked in three runs.
Alyssah Harnden pitched six innings and struck out two. Mohrgen Kissee pitched the final inning.
Weston Ranch 3, McNair 1
The reigning VOL champion Cougars closed out their season opener with a dominant final set, winning 25-15, 24-26, 25-21, 25-7.
Justin Nepomuceno led the front row with eight kills and seven blocks. Andrew Salazar added five kills to go with three aces. Maikhel Bayot handed out 30 assists, and Jimmy Nguyen picked up nine digs.