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Timberwolves fall to 1st-place Oakdale
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Bulletin staff reports
OAKDALE — Sierra had a three-game winning streak snapped by Valley Oak League co-leading Oakdale on Tuesday.
The Mustangs strung together rallies in the first and fourth innings to gallop to an 8-2 victory.
Sierra (5-3, 10-8 overall) struck first, with Jacob Peterson delivering a two-out triple to plate Chase Sperbeck. Oakdale (7-2, 12-9) responded in the home half of the first. Dylan Wright cracked a solo homer and was followed by a two-run double by Dane Gibson.
The Mustangs used a four-run barrage in the fourth to gain separation after the Timberwolves left the bases loaded in the top of the frame. Winning pitcher Josh Garcia scattered six hits and struck out five.
Jared Bagley and Peterson each went 2 for 3 for Sierra. The series shifts to Sierra on Thursday as head coach Jack Thomson seeks his 600th career win.
Central Catholic 4,
East Union 2
MODESTO — Central Catholic (4-4, 10-9) took advantage of three walks, two errors and two hits in the bottom of the first inning to plate all of its runs.
Jake Souza settled kept the Lancers (4-5, 7-10) in it in long relief, giving up just three hits while striking out three in six-plus innings on the mound. He also scored on a passed ball in the fourth inning.
Zach White got East Union on the scoreboard with a home run in the third. The Lancers outhit the Raiders, 9-3. Alex Escobar pitched into the seventh for CC and rung up nine strikeouts.
Danny Marquez (double) and Cameron Ceja each had two hits for East Union.
Kimball 3, Weston Ranch 0
TRACY — Sophomore Jon Sarmiento fired nine strikeouts in a combined four-hitter, as the Jaguars (7-2, 13-8) remain tied for first place in the VOL.
Kimball scored twice in the third and once in the fifth. Rylan Tinsley tried his best to keep Weston ranch (3-6, 8-9-2) in the game, fanning 11 batters while walking just one.
Southern League
Ripon Christian 10, Orestimba 0 (5)
RIPON — The Knights (7-2, 10-6-1) recorded their third straight shutout and have won six in a row.
Winning pitcher Jadon Vander Molen faced just two batters over the minimum, allowing a walk and a hit while striking out seven. Willem Hoekstra went 2 for 4 with a double, and Nolan Lingley contributed two hits and three runs.