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Lathrop shortstop Carlos Estrada winds up for the throw to first in the fourth inning.


POSTED March 13, 2014 1:06 a.m.

LATHROP — Lathrop couldn’t overcome five errors and Patterson’s 14 hits in a 14-4, six-inning loss Wednesday.

Freshman Santiago Cantu was 3 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs. He even gave Patterson a steady five innings of work from the pitcher’s mound, allowing three earned runs on six hits while fanning four.

“They played good defense and their pitcher did just enough to keep us off balance a little bit,” Lathrop coach Randy Baltazar said. “We put ourselves out of the game. I think we kind of gave them the game by making those errors. We can’t do that against a team that can hit the ball.”

It was Lathrop (1-5) doing the hitting early on. Richard Chavez drove in both Carlos Estrada and Keenan Donatelli (3 for 3, two runs), who both singled, with a double in the bottom of the first inning. Charles Garcia then reached on an infield error that allowed Chavez to score and Lathrop to take a 3-1.

Errors behind pitcher Miguel Castellanos (3 1/3 innings, five earned runs, five strikeouts) and Patterson’s clutch hitting ultimately did the Spartans in.

The Tigers (1-4) made an infield error hurt in the third when they jumped ahead for good with a four-run rally. Three of those runs were unearned, as Patterson capitalized on a two-out infield error. Cantu and Sal Becerra capped the barrage with back-to-back RBI doubles. Jack Gomez set the table with a triple to right.

Patterson continued the onslaught the following inning, plating five more runs. Lathrop melted down defensively again in the sixth, committing three errors that led to four unearned runs.

“We were trading blows in the first two innings,” Baltazar said. “Once we gave up the big spot and had a couple of defensive meltdowns, they had the momentum and we didn’t have the answer for it.”

Patterson’s Antonio Bustos scored three runs and was 2 for 3, and Travis Lockhart went 2 for 3 with a double.

Castellanos scattered 10 hits but didn’t give up any walks, which Lathrop had struggled with in previous contests.

“Right now Miguel is our No. 1,” Baltazar said. “He’s pitched three games for us and all three games were solid. Today was solid, too. He threw strikes and pitched to contact, but defensively we didn’t make enough plays and his pitch count was getting high.

“We don’t have the guys like we’ve had the past several years to punch guys out. We have to rely on our defense.”

The Spartans have three sophomores starting in the infield, including second-year third baseman Donatelli-Bryant. Gabriel Rodriguez starts at second and Santiago Kantun at first. Lathrop has just four seniors, including Castellanos and Estrada.

“The future is going to be bright for us,” Baltazar said. “We’re getting there. This team will get better from this (loss). They know they’re better than this.”

Escalon 11, East Union 3

Four East Union pitchers combined to issue 11 walks and hit two batters, and the Lancers (0-4) couldn’t keep up with Escalon (3-1) despite doling out 10 hits. The Cougars were down 2-1 early before stringing together four runs in the bottom of the third.

Jake Danhoff and Lucas Garcia each had two hits for EU, and Kyle Austin contributed a two-RBI single. Escalon’s Robby Rickman threw six innings for the win.

Bret Harte 7, Ripon Chr. 0

Juniors Blayne Nelson and Tyler Tafjen led Bret Harte (3-1) with two RBIs apiece, while Ripon Christian was limited to just three total hits. Travis Vander Molen, Lukas Vermeulen and Travis Zuidervaart accounted for the Knights’ knocks.

Ripon Christian (1-2) started sophomore Connor McGovern, who pitched four innings and tallied eight strikeouts with four walks and three earned runs.

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