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EU lets loose on Lathrop

Lathrop senior catcher Charles Garcia attempts to make the tag on East Union’s Andrew Ruiz, who slid across the home dish safely Thursday afternoon during a VOL win over Latthrop.


POSTED April 4, 2014 12:43 a.m.

Lucas Garcia half-jokingly told East Unionteammate Gabe Chavez he was going to break the scoreboard if he got a hold of one during Thursday’s Valley Oak League matchup against Lathrop.

The Lancers’ junior likely would have tapped the scoreboard at Agostini Field if his two-RBI triple that sailed to the deepest part of the field straightened out down the left-field line.

Garcia’s triple to the left-center gap scored Andrew Ruiz and Jake Danhoff and lifted the Lancers (2-11 overall, 1-2 VOL) to an 8-1 victory over the Spartans (1-12, 0-3).

East Union tallied 12 hits and pulled away with a six-run bottom of the fourth with a solid complete-game outing from Marco Gonzales and stellar defense behind him.

“Marco threw the ball firm,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “(East Union) had a couple guys hit the ball well and they have some talent. Our kids worked hard, we’re just inexperienced.”

Lathrop’s Miguel Castellanos walked Garcia to lead off the fourth. After Garcia stole second, Brandon Ridgewell moved him to third with a single. East Union catcher Joseph Souza put the ball in play and recorded an RBI that scored Garcia on an error committed at third base that made it 2-0.

“I thought defensively we were real solid,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “We had a couple of miscues late, luckily it didn’t come back to haunt us. But we made some stellar plays in the field, but most importantly we made the routine plays and backed up our pitcher.”

Kyle Austin’s hustle to make a catch in foul territory in the top of the fourth inning sparked East Union down the stretch.

Austin had to get on his horse for a 50-yard sprint to get Lathrop’s second out of the fourth. Garcia (1 for 2, walk, two runs) made a routine 6-3 play to quickly get out the inning. Gonzales retired the side in four innings, finishing with four strikeouts and two walks.

“Marco did a fantastic job from the bump hitting his spots and changing his speeds,” Triglia said. “He had the confidence in his defense to throw any pitch in any count.

“(Austin) was very nice in the outfield and also came up with a clutch hit and was aggressive on the bases. I thought he had an all-around game.”

Austin (2 for 3, run) gave the Lancers a 3-0 advantage with an RBI-single that scored Ridgewell. Chavez got on for EU’s seventh base hit. Andrew Ruiz (1 for 3, walk, run) made it a four-run contest with a sac-RBI that scored Souza, followed by Austin stealing home to make it 5-0.

Chavez (1 for 4, run) alertly stole home as well to make it a six-run contest after his teammate stole second and Lathrop attempted to make the throw out from the dish.

Lathrop, which will host East Union today at 4 p.m., scored its only run in the top of the sixth Castellanos crossed the plate after East Union failed to complete the double play as Garcia’s toss to first after the tag at second was wide left.

The Lancers topped Lathrop’s inning with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to make up the final after Ruiz and Danhoff (1 for 3, walk, run) both singled and scored off Garcia’s triple to the warning track.

“We came out hungry,” Garcia said. “We had a good hitting practice (on Wednesday) and we took it from practice into this game.”

Kyle Emerson went 2 for 3 for the Lancers and Ridgewell finished 2 for 3 with a run as did Souza.


East Union 13, Lathrop 0

Bailey Simmons went 2 for 2 and tallied two strikeouts in a close as the Lancers (1-2) picked up their first VOL victory. Jack Weaver finished 3 for 4 with a double and Jorge Gutierrez was 2 for 2 with a suicide squeeze. Lucas Diaz went four innings and gave up one hit with two strikeouts.

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