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East Union blanked by the Tigers

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POSTED April 18, 2014 11:40 p.m.

The East Union baseball team won’t see Tokay and sophomore pitcher Nick Dentoni the rest of the season, and that’s a good thing.

Dentoni improved to 2-0 against the Lancers on Friday afternoon, engineering a shortened 11-0 victory at Agostini Field with yet another stingy effort from the bump. Dentoni gave up just two hits and negated five walks with eight strikeouts, using a plus-fastball and cutter to baffle the Lancers’ lineup.

In two starts against East Union (4-14) this season, Dentoni is 2-0 with two shutouts and three hits allowed.

“He had five walks, so we had some opportunities but didn’t come through,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “He’s pretty effective. He’s got some velocity on his ball and it’s hard to key in on his pitches because he’s effectively wild.

“You never get a comfortably look at what he’s doing, and he’s quick to the plate.”

The game moved just as quick. Tokay shortened the non-league affair to five innings with a 10-run second, highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles by Kyle Rivers and Tommy Thomas. The Tigers banged out nine hits.

Kyle Emerson started for the Lancers but was pulled in the second inning. He gave way to Matt McGehee, who fanned three and gave up one earned run in three-plus innings.

Gabe Chavez and Chance Goatcher had East Union’s only base hits. Chavez is hitting .560 (14 of 25) during an eight-game hitting streak.

The games don’t get any easier for the Lancers, who host the Valley Oak League-leading Manteca Buffaloes (8-0, 16-2) on Tuesday. “Whenever you play an inner-city battle, I think it brings a little focus to the game,” Triglia said. “I know when we play Sierra or Manteca, our kids get up for it and you usually get some good games.”

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