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EU takes advantage of Burks’ speed to knock off Sierra

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DINK & DUNK

Sierra first baseman Taylor Moss fields Michelle Castro’s bunt and makes the toss to home plate, but it would not be in time to stop an East Union run.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/


POSTED April 3, 2014 12:44 a.m.

Sierra senior Allie Walljasper and East Union freshman Alexis Erich dueled for seven innings Wednesday and yielded three hits apiece, but in the end it was Erich’s Lancers who eked out a 2-1 Valley Oak League win.

East Union’s Cherish Burks legged out a bunt single to start the sixth inning with the score knotted at 1. She sprinted to second on a passed ball and took third on a sacrifice bunt by Jordan Vinson. Burks then gave the Lancers (4-1 VOL, 10-1 overall) the final lead when she beat the throw home on Michelle Castro’s bunt.

“We practice bunts every day,” Burks said. “That’s a big part of our practice.”

East Union coach Brian Goulart was pleased with his young pitcher.

“It was a chess match,” Goulart said. “It was the best player on the planet (Walljasper) against what I think is the best team. Our young pitcher wants to be Allie. She (Walljasper) has beaten us handily and we have got her once. I told Erich she needed to go out and duel with Walljasper and she did so and she pitched great.

“So that’s us. We have a super, super young pitcher who is really, really good and wants to be like Allie and I think we have a team that is equal to any team offensively, defensively, desire-wise. I think this team has what it takes to win the big games.”

With the exception of Walljasper’s first-pitch homer to right in the bottom of the fourth, Sierra (3-2, 7-3) got just one other player past first base. The home run gave the Timberwolves a 1-0 lead.

“I came out here with confidence because I have a team that can back me up,” Erich said. “Playing against Sierra was really nerve-racking at first but I came out and threw the ball well the first inning and then I knew it was going to be a good game.”

It did not take long for the Lancers to respond to Walljasper’s fourth-inning blast. Samantha Owen led off the fifth for East Union with a double and stole third. Owen came home on a Tea Solario single to left to tie the score at 1-1.

“Walljasper is a really awesome pitcher and I really wanted to come through for the team,” Owen said. “The pitch was coming outside and that is what I have been working on.”  

This is Sierra’s second loss in league with both teams losing to undefeated Oakdale.

“We have had two close games with Oakdale and now EU,” Timberwolves coach Nick Olmo said. “And we couldn’t pull either one out.

“Allie is doing her job in the circle and at the plate, and we need someone else to back her up at the plate. We are struggling to find that person.”

Weston Ranch 11,
Sonora 0 (5)

The Cougars (2-3, 7-5) plated eight runs in the second inning and cruised from there in the mercy-shortened victory.

Aryanna Hernandez pitched four no-hit innings, struck out seven and helped herself with two RBIs at the plate. Vanessa Contreras pitched the top of the fifth and gave up two hits while fanning two.

Christina Washington added two RBIs, and Elysia Hernandez drove in one on a triple.

Manteca 11, Lathrop 0

Freshman Tawny Deerinck pummeled her first varsity home run in walk-off fashion Wednesday, ending it in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run shot. She finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs.

Anissa Gonzales went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Pitcher Peyton Rose finished 4 for 4 at the plate and fired six strikeouts from the circle in a mercy-shortened three-hitter. The Buffaloes (3-2, 6-4) makes the cross-town trip to Sierra this Friday to face the defending VOL champion.

Lathrop (0-5, 1-11) got one hit apiece from Kassidee Diaz, Desiree Mendola and Sydney Anderson but never got a runner past second base.

Manteca 11, Lathrop 0

Freshman Tawny Deerinck pummeled her first varsity home run in walk-off fashion Wednesday, ending it in the bottom of the sixth with a three-run shot. She finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs.

Anissa Gonzales went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Pitcher Peyton Rose finished 4 for 4 at the plate and fired six strikeouts from the circle in a mercy-shortened three-hitter. The Buffaloes (3-2, 6-4) makes the cross-town trip to Sierra this Friday to face the defending VOL champion.

Lathrop (0-5, 1-11) got one hit apiece from Kassidee Diaz, Desiree Mendola and Sydney Anderson but never got a runner past second base.

Sophomore

East Union 11, Sierra 0

Madisyn Anchundo rung up 11 strikeouts and scattered just two hits to lead the Squires (5-1, 10-1).

Jaelyn Stock hammered a home run and drove in two runs, Melissa Hansen was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Mikayla Bongi added a base hit.

Lathrop 20, Manteca 16

Lathrop’s Leslie Landros batted 4 for 4 in the offensive onslaught.

Alyssa Garcia was the winning pitcher, and Amanda Gonzales played well on defense.

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