OAKDALE — Sierra’s boys track team settled for a tie at The Corral but is still in good position to earn sole possession of the Valley Oak League championship.
The Timberwolves girls team lost its shot at winning a second straight title, falling to undefeated Oakdale, 84-48. The boys meet ended in a 68-68 tie, which is inconsequential if the T’wolves take care of business in their league finale against Weston Ranch next week.
“I’m proud of our kids today,” Sierra coach Ezequiel Ruiz said “We knew it was going to be a tough meet and we gave it our best shot. I can’t be upset.”
Sierra’s girls (4-1) couldn’t keep up with the deeper Mustangs but had highlight performances from Miranda Miller. She broke two of her own program records with winning marks in the pole vault (10 feet, 6 inches) and triple jump (37-11). She also took first in the 100 hurdles and long jump.
The boys outcome came down to the final two events. Trailing by 14, the Timberwolves (4-0-1) managed to sweep the 3,200-meter run with Axel Rios leading the charge. They then claimed the 4x400 relay while Oakdale did not field a team.
Sierra did not have any double winners but got notable efforts. Holden Fishburn took first in the shot put and second in the discus; Nick Stanley finished first in the 110 hurdles and second in the 300 hurdles and Jerardo Saucedo was second in both the 400 and 800.
Sierra will take a handful of its athletes to the Sacramento Meet of Champions on Saturday. Weston Ranch visits next Thursday, April 25.
Kimball 4, East Union 3
TRACY — The Lancers (1-5 VOL, 9-10 overall) took another tough loss, as Kimball (5-3, 13-5) prevailed in walk-off fashion in the seventh.
Fernando Segura gave East Union a 3-2 lead with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. He finished 2 for 4. Starting pitcher Andrew Morones tallied eight strikeouts, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits in six innings.
“I thought he pitched well today,” East Union coach Gene Ballardo said. “He got himself out of james and gave us a good chance to win the ballgame. We hung in there and fought hard, we just couldn’t close it out at the end.”
Lathrop 3, Mountain House 0
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Lathrop ended its first campaign in the Western Athletic Conference with a tidy 25-14, 25-19, 25-18 victory.
The Spartans went 12-0 in their first title run and are 27-1 overall going into their final regular-season match next Wednesday at Ripon Christian, the Trans-Valley League champion.
Tyler Riggleman (14 digs) and Gabriel Gutierrez (three aces, 20 digs) crushed 10 kills apiece to lead the attack. Adrian Corona contributed seven kills, six aces and six digs. Sergio Tapia racked up five kills and five assists, while R.J. Carmesis amassed 40 assists.
Central Catholic 5, Manteca 4
MODESTO — The Buffaloes (8-4, 8-5 overall) had a chance to play spoiler for VOL champion Central Catholic (11-1, 13-2), which secured an outright claim of the crown Thursday. Oakdale could have earned a co-championship had Manteca won.
It was another competitive defeat for Manteca, which has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.
“Two matches this week with 5-4 losses,” coach Frank Fontana said. “We have been in every match we have (lost). Even though we lost we can take away some positives and get ready for the playoffs.”
Manteca’s top four singles players won their matches Solman Aniss ended the regular season undefeated with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Dane Juarez. Kurtis Ma (6-4, 6-2), Nick Pio (6-4, 6-4) and Harshawn Singh (6-2, 6-3) were the other victors.
East Union 9, Kimball 1
TRACY — John Perazzo finished 3 for 4 with a double and two runs, while Benjamin Slaughter struck out four and scattered seven hits in the complete-game victory.
East Union (4-2 VOL, 12-5 overall) trailed by a run before erupting for six in the top of the fourth. Anthony Flores added two hits, one of them a double, and two RBIs to the onslaught. Austin Orr also slugged a double, driving in three runs.
Lathrop 2, Mountain House 0
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Lathrop (9-0, 12-3 overall) capped its perfect run in the WAC, rolling to a 25-13, 25-17 sweep.
Arman John pounded 10 kills to go with four aces and seven digs. Tory Sumbler set 19 assists, and Kyle Constantino collected three kills and five digs.
East Union 12, Kimball 4
TRACY — The first-place Lancers (7-0 VOL, 17-2 overall) played stellar defense behind pitcher Emma Silva, who struck out three. The defense strung together 14 consecutive put outs at one point.
Offensively, Danielle James went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs. Emily Mendoza finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Anjelica Morales scored twice and drove in one, ending up 2 for 2 at the plate.