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Sierra drops VOL opener despite one-hit pitching gem
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The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champions opened their 2011 Valley Oak League season with a loss to Oakdale and this season’s opener was no different for Sierra High, which fell 1-0 Tuesday.

Sierra (0-1, 3-2-1 overall) got another outstanding effort from starting pitcher Allison Walljasper, who held the Mustangs quiet for the majority of the contest, she struck out 12 and surrendered just one hit. Oakdale’s run was unearned, scoring a run in the fifth after a walk, an errant throw and Oakdale’s lone hit of the contest.

“We put the ball in play a couple of times, but not enough to find holes and get them through the infield,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “They are a good team; their defense really stepped up and did what they had to do.

“I think we’ll be alright going into Thursday and early next week. If it had to happen, the first game is fine.”

Sierra will work on getting in the VOL win column Thursday when they travel to Lathrop to take on the Spartans at 4 p.m.

Manteca 14, Sonora 0

The Buffaloes rode the right arm of pitcher Peyton Rose to a one-sided VOL win over visiting Sonora Tuesday.

Manteca put it away with a nine run first inning. Rose went the entire five innings for the Buffaloes, striking out eight and holding Sonora to just one hit. Mia Ramirez was 2-for-2 in the win and scored four times. Both Monique Colunga and Hailey

Teixeira were also 2-for-2 and Selena Gonzalez stroked a triple in the win.

Manteca (1-0, 6-3) will try and make it two straight tonight when they travel across town to take on the Lancers at Northgate Park at 6 p.m.

Kimball 9, East Union 3

Defensive miscues left the East Union Lancers on the short end of a 9-3 VOL season-opening loss to Kimball Tuesday.

The Lancers spoiled a solid effort from pitcher Kelsey Emmerson, who tossed a good game, but suffered through untimely defensive lapses to eliminate any chance for the Lancers.

“We made seven errors and Kelsey Emmerson pitched so good tonight fro us,” East Union head coach Brian Goulart said. “She did not give up an earned run and our defense did not do a very good job behind her.”

Jillian Costa was 3-for-4 and scored two of the Lancers’ three runs, while teammate Kailee Nuding was 3-for-3 and drove in all three on East Union’s runs.

Weston Ranch 9, Lathrop 2

The Cougars continued the success they had during the preseason in the VOL opener, taking down the Lathrop Spartans 9-2 Tuesday.

Miranda Holmes led the Cougars with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, and drove in three runs, while Naomi Pearman, Mia Thurmon and Raileen Romo all went 2-for-4. Romo drove in three and Thurmon drove in a pair.

Arianna Hernandez tossed all seven innings, striking out seven in the win.

Marisela Duenas was 2-for-4 to lead Lathrop (0-1, 1-6).

Southern League

Ripon Christian 15, Denair 2

The Knights were able to handle Southern League opponent Denair High with ease, blasting the Coyotes in five innings.

Shelby Vrieling was the winning pitcher, striking out six and surrendering just two unearned runs. Jessica Myers had a two RBI double and Courtney Perrilliat was 3-for-4 in the win. Vrieling helped her cause with a pair of RBI in a 2-for-3 day.