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East Union closes in on .500 mark

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POSTED May 6, 2014 1:57 a.m.

East Union has a shot at wrapping up its season on a four-game winning streak and with a .500 record in the Valley Oak League following Monday’s 6-4 win at Kimball.

It would be a nice consolation for the Lancers (6-7 VOL, 7-16), who started the season with several hard-luck losses. The VOL title will be decided by crosstown rivals Manteca and Sierra today, and the league’s third available Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff spot will go to Oakdale.

Sophomore Marco Gonzales anchored East Union’s latest victory. The winning pitcher went the distance gave up four runs (none earned) on seven hits while striking out five. He spotted himself a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning with a two-out, bases-clearing double.

Lucas Garcia (leadoff double) plated a key run in the top of third on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Ridgewell. Gabe Chavez tripled in the sixth and was driven home by a Ruiz single.

Kimball (3-10, 5-17) never led but had chances. The Jaguars rallied for three unearned runs in their half of the third to close in 5-4, and in the seventh they threatened to tie with runners in scoring position with two away. Gonzalez induced a grounder to third baseman Andrew Ruiz, who threw it across the diamond for the final out.

First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. in today’s season finale at Agostini Field.


Sonora 14, 

Weston Ranch 4 (6)

The visiting Wildcats (5-7-1, 11-12-1) broke it open with nine runs in the third and fourth innings combined. Joseph Kish was the winning pitcher.

Josh Dilg was 3 for 3 with two RBIs to lead Weston Ranch (1-2, 3-21). Andrew Paden walked twice and scored a pair of runs.



Kimball 9, East Union 6

Baily Simons (double, two RBIs) and Louis DaSilva were both 2 for 4 to lead East Union. Lucas Diaz reached three times and drove in two runs. He also pitched 4 2/3 innings and fanned four. 

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