With each Valley Oak League contest played, the importance continues to grow at season’s end, and the Sierra Timberwolves did not waste an opportunity, holding off the Weston Ranch Cougars 12-5 Wednesday in VOL action.
The Timberwolves got five solid innings from starting pitcher Adrian Valencia, who struck out five and kept the Cougars hitters off balance before giving way to Caleb Young and Mike Leland in relief. Weston Ranch was able to bang out eight hits, with Akia Etu finishing with the squad’s only multi-hit performance, going 3-for-4.
Etu banged out a pair of singles and a double, driving in two of the Cougars’ five runs. Kevin Haruta was 1-for-2 with a RBI and Josh Johnson drove in two with a double.
“We battled them hard,” Cougars head coach Ron Wayman said. “We let them get out early with a quick 5-0 lead before we were able to get anything going.
“We committed five errors in those first three innings, so if you get rid of those errors it’s definitely a different final score.”
Aidan Foster was 2-for-3 in the win for Sierra, as was Bret Wilson. Rodrigo Contreras hit a double.
The Spartans battled for four innings, but saw the chances at victory slip away with a 10-run Sonora fifth inning Wednesday in VOL play.
Jared Weiler was the only Spartan to collect a hit, and Marcus Mertillien came around to score the Spartans only run.
“Give credit to Sonora,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “They put pressure on us, but when we have opportunities to record and out we need to.
“We really beat ourselves today.”
Oscar Calix got the start, going three and a third for Lathrop, holding Sonora to five runs. The two clubs will meet again Friday in Sonora.