Slyder Blyth and the Sierra baseball team topped one of the best clubs out of Nevada on Friday, edging out Spanish Springs at home, 5-3.
Blyth went the distance from the pitcher’s mound, scattering six hits and ringing up five strikeouts. The Cougars (8-3) from Sparks plated a run in each of the final two innings but were otherwise silenced by Sierra’s senior southpaw.
“Slyder had a great game on the mound,” Sierra coach Travis Thomson said. “Spanish Springs are a really good-hitting team and he did a fantastic job keeping them off balanced pitching to contact. When he hits his spots he is tough to hit against”
The Timberwolves (8-2-1) never trailed after taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. They then plated two more in each of the third and fifth innings. Louis Aquila (RBI), Julian Cantu (RBI) and Deshon Thomas stroked two hits apiece, and Joseph Lomeli drove in a pair of runs.
“Offensively, we had a great approach at the plate,” Thomson said. “We were ready to hit during hitters counts, and because of it we were able to square some balls up today. Our guys are starting to see their potential at the plate. Proud of the effort and mindset our team had today.”
Sierra welcomes Lodi next Monday for a welcome game before opening Valley Oak League play with a two-game set against Central Catholic two days later.
Weston Ranch 11, Central Valley 8
CERES — Weston Ranch (8-3) came back to win the non-league contest after the Hawks (7-6) opened up a three-run lead in the first inning.
Austin Cappas produced two doubles and four RBIs while going 4 for 5 at the plate. Anthony Aguilar finished 3 for 4 with three runs, two steals and two RBIs.
Winning pitcher Anthony Faulk logged four relief innings, and Carlos Drain got the save.
East Union 15, Weston Ranch 1
STOCKTON — The Lancers (2-0 VOL, 11-1 overall) totaled 16 hits in the five-inning affair.
Angelica Morales (three RBIs), Maddie Vigallon (two runs, RBI) and Serena Ruvalcaba belted two hits apiece. Emma Silva pitched two innings in relief.