It did not take the Sierra Timberwolves long to get their baseball season off and running, breaking out for a seven-run third inning to race past Livingston High 16-0 in the season opener for both clubs.
The Timberwolves got four solid innings of work from starter Marc Crain, who tossed four innings of shutout baseball, striking out seven and walking one.
Jason Angelo was 2-for-3 at the plate for Sierra (1-0) as was Dakota Conners and Rod Contreras. Both Makan Ward and Dominic Alejandre were 2-for-2 in their first action of the season.
Mike Leland came on in relief to preserve the shutout, tossing a scoreless fifth.
Manteca 3, Bear Creek 2
The Buffaloes were able to make it a worthwhile trip to Stockton, opening the season with a 3-2 win over host Bear Creek Friday.
Alex Martinez went 2-for-3 with a homer in his first at bat’s of the season. Teammate Daniel Miramontes was 1-for-2 with an RBI double. Dominic Pizzano handled the starting pitching for Manteca (1-0), tossing four innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts.
Manteca banged out eight hits as a team and scored a run in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
“It was our first action of the year and overall, it was a great team effort,” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said.
East Union 9, Stagg 4
Jordan Kron tossed four innings of shutout ball and John Olague went 2-for-2 and scored twice as the Lancers opened the season with a 9-4 victory over Stagg High Friday.
Kron cruised in the season debut, holding Stagg to two hits and striking out five in the four innings. Alex Diaz ws 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Zac Carrillo also was 2-for-4 driving in three in the win. East Union (1-0) caught its big break when Carrillo got a clutch 2-out, 2-strike two RBI hit in the fourth inning to break the game open.
Lathrop 5, Edison 4
Lathrop 6, Edison 5
The Spartans opened the season with a two-game sweep of Edison High, beating the Vikings 5-4 in the first meeting and 6-5 in Saturday’s outing.
Austin Plunk was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the first win, and teammate Preston Rizo drove in two with an RBI basehit in the seventh to provide the difference.
The Spartans banged out eight hits to complete the sweep. Mikey Pereznegron led the way with a 3-for-4 performance. Gabriel Castellanos handled the bulk of the pitching duties, going four innings for the Spartans, striking out four and walking one.