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EU suffers another tough loss

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POSTED March 22, 2014 12:35 a.m.

East Union ended its pre-league schedule the same way it started it, with a frustrating one-run, extra-inning loss.

An error and an infield hit in the bottom of the eighth inning led to the Lancers’ latest heartbreaker, a 3-2 defeat at Ceres. One-run games are nothing new for East Union (1-8) as it heads into its Valley Oak League series with defending champion Oakdale. Its last four contests were decided by a single run, and that’s not counting a season-opening 3-2 loss to once-beaten Tracy, a traditional Division I powerhouse.

“We competed well enough to be right there with other teams, just not enough to win,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “We’ll continue to work hard at it.”

Lucas Garcia arguably worked the hardest Friday. He pitched all 7 2/3 innings and plated both of the Lancers’ go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth and eighth frames. The senior scatted six hits and threw four perfect innings.

“He controlled his pitches and hit his spots,” Triglia said. “Just an outstanding job by Lucas.”

Kyle Emerson and Andrew Ruiz accounted for East Union’s RBI hits. Ceres (9-3) was able to answer EU’s runs in the bottom half of the sixth and eighth, starting both rallies with leadoff doubles. A throwing error allowed the Bulldogs to plate the tying run in the eighth, and the game-winner crossed the plate on a two-out infield knock that was almost prevented by a nice diving effort from the Lancers’ second baseman.

Sierra 13, Modesto 4

Jake Pruitt raised his slugging percentage Friday with a double, two triples and a home run while going 4 for 4 and driving in five runs. Leo Soto added two doubles for the Timberwolves (6-2), who were down 4-2 after three innings.

Ryan Vasquez pitched four innings and was the winning pitcher. Sierra took the lead, 7-4, with a four-run fifth inning and broke it open with six more in the sixth.

Central Valley 11, Lathrop 1

Joseph Montalvo struck out four in a five-inning four-hitter for the Hawks (7-3) of Ceres. He was also one of three Central Valley players with two hits.

Santiago Kantum accounted for two Lathrop (1-8) hits. Richie Juarez drove in Andrew Tapken with a single in the second.

Sophomore

Lathrop 11, Central Valley 1

The Spartans’ first five batters of the game reached and plated runs to begin the rout.

Leading hitters were R.J. Tisdell (3 for 4, double, three runs), Albert Flores (3 for 4, double, two runs) and David Gonzales (2 for 3, three RBIs).

Freshman

East Union 3, Manteca 1

Blake Osgood had a hand in all of the Pages’ runs in Friday’s VOL opener. He stroked an RBI triple and plated the other two runs. Scott Morenzone was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Dominic Romero was the winning pitcher.

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