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PREP BASEBALL

Western Sierra battles to stay in playoff hunt

Long ball saves Valley Christian
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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Although the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy’s hopes of a Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League baseball title dimmed last week, the Wolves’ chances of making it back to the playoffs are still good.

A heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Valley Christian Friday dropped Western Sierra into a tie for third place in the league standings. Four teams from the SMAL get automatic bids into the playoffs; the Wolves still have a half-game lead over No. 5 Buckingham Charter.

Against the Lions of Valley Christian, the Wolves held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning, thanks to a solo home run by Jonathen Barton. But Valley Christian responded with solo shots in the fourth and sixth inning for the win.

WSCA pitcher Peter Ordonio gave up just six hits and got great support from his defense, but the long ball was a game-breaker.