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TWolves tack on six runs in the sixth in rout of Cougars
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WESTON RANCH — Sierra High’s softball team gave pitcher Gabby Hawkins all the support she needed with a three-run third inning, but the Timberwolves exploded for the rest of their offensive output in the sixth in a 9-1 victory over Weston Ranch Wednesday.

Sierra (1-1 Valley Oak League, 5-3 overall) erupted for six runs on five hits in the inning.

“It was just single after single combined with some untimely errors for Weston Ranch,” Sierra coach Nick Olmo said. “The girls were seeing (Weston Ranch pitcher Serena Hernandez) for the third time in that inning, and everybody was making some kind of contact to put pressure on their defense.”

Stephanie Maestretti led the charge with a 3-for-4 effort that included a double and three RBIs. Jessica Lewis was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Daylynn Penner drove in a run while going 2 for 5. Hawkins finished 1 for 2 with two walks and an RBI.

From the pitching circle, Hawkins dialed in 14 strikeouts in her three-hit effort. She gave up an unearned run in the sixth and also issued four walks.

Serena Hernandez, Miranda Holmes and Nicole Washington accounted for Weston Ranch’s hits.

“Gabby threw a phenomenal game, had control of the corners and kept them off balanced with her changeup,” Olmo said.

Sierra will next face Sonora at home on April 5 after spring break, while the Cougars (1-1, 3-6) go to Sonora Friday.

East Union 13, Lathrop 0
LATHROP — Five different Lancers (1-0, 6-2) belted multiple hits as they ended their VOL opener in five innings. After scoring twice in each of the first three innings, East Union pieced together a six-run outburst in the fourth to put the game away.

With No. 1 pitcher Kourtni McCall starting in the infield, Jackie Ketner shined in a two-hit masterpiece that included 12 strikeouts and no walks.

“Jackie is pitching great,” EU coach Brian Goulart said. “She’s been a pleasant surprise. It’s nice having two pitchers this year, and we’re able to do some fun things. McCall is a great infielder, so we have some versatility.”

McCall led the offensive barrage, going 3 for 3 with a double, triple, two runs and two RBIs. Jessica Lavoie was 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs. Cassie Waggy (2 for 4, double) and Cherie DeJesus (2 for 3) each contributed two runs and two RBIs. Freshman Lauren Gann pitched in with a two-run single, as EU finished with 16 hits.

Jazlyn Simon and Krystal Ruiz accounted for Lathrop’s hits.

East Union hosts Central Valley on Friday at 6 at Northgate Softball Complex. Lathrop will hit the road to face Oakdale.

— Jonamar Jacinto