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East Union softball nabs Yoneda Classic crown

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East Union softball nabs Yoneda Classic crown

Ripon High’s Savannah Bickle, left, and Hailey Johnson swept all of their matches to earn trophies at the Riverbank Doubles Tournament.

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POSTED March 11, 2014 1:00 a.m.

East Union’s softball team nipped St. Mary’s 5-4 Saturday in the championship game of the Ted Yoneda Classic, which was hosted by St. Mary’s at Arnaiz Stadium in Stockton.

Earlier in the day, the Lancers (4-0) blew out Bear Creek 13-3 in the semifinal round of the championship bracket. They began tournament action last Friday with wins over Tokay and Folsom.

“We’re very excited,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said. “You always wonder how you would play against Division I schools and we saw four of them in two days. It was a really good weekend for us. I think we’re in good shape.”

Freshman Alexis Erich was the winning pitcher for both Saturday games. Errors allowed Bear Creek to plate all of its runs in the third inning. The damage was already done by that point, as East Union piled on nine runs in the second inning. The Lancers sent 16 batters to the plate, and both Michelle Castro and Erich doled out a pair of hits in the frame. Cherish Burks (two runs, triple), Castro (two RBIs, two runs, double) and Erich (two doubles) each finished with three knocks.

In the St. Mary’s game, sophomore Alejandra Rascon delivered the deciding run with a line drive to right field in the top of the fifth inning. Castro plated the winning score and earlier clubbed a two-run single in the opening frame.

Rascon batted .727 (8 for 11) and racked up eight RBIs in the tournament.

“Alejandra put up astronomical numbers in the tournament,” Goulart said. “She was super special and it was fun to watch. If they had an MVP award she would have gotten it, no question.”

St. Mary’s will have a chance to get revenge on Wednesday as it again hosts the Lancers at Arnaiz Stadium.



Ripon 2nd at doubles tourney

The Indians showed well against some of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s top squads, placing second overall in the Riverbank Doubles Tournament. 

Savannah Bickle and Hailey Johnson locked up a trophy for their perfect 4-0 run together, as did Bryce Coutrakis and Ian Flanders. 

Ripon had two other tandems — Jeremy Park and Nathan Machado; Maddison Flanders and Shannon Wesley — finish 3-1. Their lone losses were to pairs from tourney champion Argonaut.

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