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Sierra ace takes perfect game into seventh inning
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Staff reports of the
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Gabby Hawkins flirted with a perfection game in Sierra’s 5-2 win over visiting Central Valley Monday in Valley Oak League action.
Hawkins and her defense combined for perfection through six innings, but with one out in the top of the seventh, Central Valley’s Alyssa Long broke it up with a single up the middle.
The Hawks (3-5 VOL, 5-13 overall) had two more reach, one on a single and another on an error, to score both of their runs.
Sierra’s junior ace settled for an otherwise sterling two-hitter. Hawkins also struck out 11 and walked none.
“Gabby did a great job in the circle today,” Sierra coach Nick Olmo said. “They just caught up to her in that final inning and were able to put a couple balls in play. That was enough to break up the perfect game, but we’ll always take what Gabby gave us today.”
Monica Morado spearheaded the Timberwolves (6-2, 13-5-2), who came off a respectable 2-2 finish in the always tough Nor-Cal Classic in Tracy over the weekend, with a 3-for-4 effort from the plate.
Emily Silvia had three RBIs, Sam Merz crushed a double in her only official at-bat and Hawkins helped herself out by going 2 for 3.
Currently tied for third in the VOL, Sierra wraps up a busy and challenging week with Ceres and co-leader Oakdale both on the road Wednesday and Friday, respectively.
East Union 6, Sonora 2
At Northgate Softball Complex Monday, Ally Paluck scattered seven hits and struck out two to one walk in six innings of work to lead the Lancers (7-1, 16-4).
Paluck also did some damage with the bat, as she drove in a pair during EU’s three-run fourth inning.
Alicia Cook continued her recent tear at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance.
 Brittany LaMar and Rochelle Sellers both smacked doubles off the wall, and Cassie Waggy chipped in an RBI.
Cook and Cassie were named to the all-tournament team in the Platinum Division of the Nor-Cal Classic on Saturday.
“Ally did a super job for us,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said. “I’m so proud of her.”
The Lancers head to Oakdale Wednesday for a battle of the VOL’s first-place teams.
Oakdale 11,
Weston Ranch 1
At Weston Ranch, Nicole Washington plated the Cougars’ lone run on an error. Oakdale pitcher Andrea Lutz fanned 11 batters to highlight a three-hitter.
— Jonamar Jacinto