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East Union blasts Kimball in VOL win

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POSTED March 20, 2014 12:40 a.m.

East Union freshman Alexis Erich not only delivered a stout performance from the circle on Wednesday, but she also blasted a solo home run as the Lancers extended their unbeaten streak to eight after a 6-2 Valley Oak League victory on the road against Kimball.

Erich (1 for 3) pieced together a complete-game victory after surrendering five hits on two runs with six strikeouts and no walks.

East Union (2-0, 8-0) also received a clutch performance from its senior third baseman and co-captain Jordan Vinson (2 for 4, two runs), who crushed a triple to the fence during the top of the first inning.

East Union’s other co-captain, junior center fielder Cherish Burks, led off the game with a bunt and scored on Vinson’s RBI triple to make it 1-0. Vinson crossed the plate on a RBI from sophomore catcher Alejandra Rascon that made it 2-0 after the top half of the first.

“This was a long time coming,” East Union head coach Brian Goulart said. “We were very excited for this. Definitely a statement game, no doubt.”

Erich’s solo home run provided the Lancers a three-run cushion before Kimball (1-1 VOL, 3-3 overall) sophomore Samantha Sarmiento recorded a solo bomb of her own in the bottom of the second frame to make it 3-1. The Jaguars scored their second run in the fourth.

“(Sarmiento) got some revenge on Alexis,” Goulart said. “They both blasted bombs on each other.”

Kimball cut its deficit to one in the fourth and both squads loaded the bases up and left every runner stranded in a scoreless fifth inning.

In the seventh frame, East Union sophomore Taylor Ward led off with a single and Burks (2 for 4, two runs) moved her to the opposite corner with a double.

Vinson tallied her second hit of the game with a two-RBI, line-drive single that scored Ward and Burks to highlight the final inning and make up the final score. Michelle Castro finished 2 for 4, and Deja Guzman played stellar defensively.

East Union will visit Manteca on Friday at 4 p.m.

W. Ranch 15, Lathrop 4

The Cougars (1-1, 6-3) completed a 10-run mercy rule in the sixth inning when senior Mia Thurman (2 for 4, three runs) had a three-RBI hit that ended the game against the Spartans (0-2, 2-6). Sophomore Elysia Hernandez went 3 for 4 with two runs and a double and her older sister Arianna Hernandez was 3 for 4 with three runs and a triple. Christina Washington had two RBIs and Mickael Battle had two RBIs with a double. Lathrop totaled five hits while junior Jenny McLaurin was 3 for 3 and Samantha Fonseca had the other two. The senior Hernandez tossed seven strikeouts for the Cougars, who will visit Oakdale Friday at 4 p.m. The sophomore Fonseca allowed 14 hits and had two strikeouts for Lathrop, which will host Sierra Friday.

Manteca 14, Sonora 1

The Buffaloes (1-1, 4-3) opened with an 11-run top of the first inning and never looked back. Manteca scored three more in the fourth and Sonora scored its only run in the bottom of the first. Sonora (0-2, 0-6) received one hit from Veronica Staggs, which was allowed by Manteca’s Peyton Rose (eight strikeouts, one walk, one run). Annissa Gonzalez went 3 for 4 and Celina Cooper was 1 for 1. Sophomore Aryanna Martinez went 2 for 3 for Manteca, which will host East Union on Friday at 4 p.m.

Sophomore

East Union 10, Kimball 2

The Lancers’ Delany Pamplin gave up six hits and tossed 15 strikeouts and she also went 2 for 4 from the dish. Jillian Stock went 1 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs and Casey Peterson had two RBIs. Christina Mujica went 2 for 3 for the Lancers (2-0, 7-0).

Freshman

East Union 15, Kimball 4

Janike Gomes went 3 for 3 and Miquel Dangle went 2 for 3 including a home run. LaEssa Pierce went 2 for 3 with two doubles for the Lancers (1-0, 5-0), who will host Manteca at Northgate Park on Friday at 3:45 p.m.

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