While it’s still early in the Valley Oak League race, the Sierra High Timberwolves share the top spot with Oakdale.
Both teams won Wednesday are currently at 6-1.
Sierra (12-4-1 overall) did its part by dismantling Kimball 15-3 despite tough, windy conditions at Tracy, according to coach Jack Thomson.
His Timberwolves jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to a big first inning highlighted by Jake Souza’s two-run triple.
The Jaguars (3-4 in VOL, 6-10 overall) answered back with a three-run second inning.
In a five-inning affair, Sierra broke the game open in the fourth by exploding for 10 runs. Nick Lucchetti came through with a two-run single and Anthony Arrendondo, who was 2 for 2 at the plate, ripped a two RBI double.
Mateo Hernandez and Nick Oseguera also collected two hits each for the Timberwolves.
Chad Hanville, Ryan King and Fred Gerstenberger had two hits apiece for Kimball while Tyler Lawlis chipped in with a double.
The Jaguars will travel to Sierra on Friday.
Weston Ranch 2
At Oakdale, Larry Martinez cracked a solo home run and C.J. Drain went 2 for 3 at the plate and scored a run for the Cougars (3-4 in VOL, 8-11 overall).
But that wasn’t enough as the Mustangs (10-7 overall) held on for the win.
Oakdale scored three runs in the second inning.
Weston Ranch took an early 1-0 lead in the first. Drain singled, advancing on Manuel Rubio’s base hit, and scoring on Jordan Sererin’s single.
Down 3-1, the Cougars cut the deficit in the sixth on Martinez’s blast.
Weston Ranch coach Dave Hagar praised the efforts of his team. Shortstop Severin assisted on six putouts to lead the defense.
Central Catholic 1
At Central Catholic, Jake Menasco threw a four-hit complete game, striking out one and walking none to lead the Buffaloes to victory.
“Today, we played Manteca Buffaloes baseball,” said coach Neil MacDannald. “We threw strikes and played catch (behind Menasco).
“I’m proud of our guys.”
Overshadowed was a fine performance by the Raiders’ hurler Sam Mundt, who also went the distance while yielding four hits.
Manteca (5-3 in the VOL, 10-8 overall) managed a run in the second and another in the third.
Dominic Pisano drove in a run while Ronaldo Tijero was 1-3 with a double and scored a run.
Both teams will square off Friday in Manteca.
“I’m expecting a similar-type game,” MacDannald said.