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EU falls in season finale; tough losses for Ripon, RC

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POSTED May 7, 2014 12:36 a.m.

Kimball scored the go-ahead and insurance runs on an error in the top of the fifth inning, as the Jaguars spoiled East Union’s senior day with a 4-2 victory Tuesday.

The Lancers (6-8, 7-17 overall) who finish in fifth place in the Valley Oak League, had chances plate runs throughout despite coming up with only one hit. Kimball (4-10, 6-17) walked eight batters and beaned one.

East Union knotted the score in the bottom of the fourth with its lone knock of the game. Gabe Chavez drove in Kyle Emerson with a fielder’s choice, and Andrew Ruiz knocked in Joe Souza with a single.

Kimball mounted a four-hit rally, all with two out, for its first two runs in the second. Lucas Garcia was otherwise stellar from the mound for East Union, as he struck out four and walked none while scattering six hits.

Sophomore

East Union 11, Kimball 6

Winning pitcher Joe Botelho struck out four and yielded three hits over five innings and was 3 for 4 with an RBI at the plate. Jack Wever was also 3 for 4 with a run driven in.

 Adrian Affeje (2 for 3, two RBIs), Jorge Gutierrez (two RBIs), Zach Castro (2 for 4, RBI) and Tony Sellers (1 for 1, RBI) contributed to the onslaught. Johnny Blakcwell and Baily Simons pitched an inning apiece in relief.

East Union finished the season with an 8-8 record.

Trans-Valley League

Hilmar 2, Ripon 1

It was a five-team race for three postseason spots to start the week in the TVL. Hilmar (7-4, 12-8-1) remains in the hunt with Tuesday’s victory.

The host Yellow Jackets overcame Ripon ace Caleb Rogers’ solid six-inning outing, which included five strikeouts and four hits. Rogers was also 2 for 3 with a double. Trent Murphy plated the Indians’ lone run on an error in the fifth inning.

Breck Smith drove in Hilmar’s runs in the second and fourth innings. Jacob Ahid twirled a complete-game gem and fired eight strikeouts.

Ripon (7-4, 13-9-1) hosts the rematch today at 4 p.m.

Southern League

Mariposa 7,
 Ripon Christian 3

Ripon Christian (10-3, 12-8) needed to sweep this week to earn sole possession of the SL championship. That honor instead goes to Mariposa (12-1, 16-6), which used a four-run fourth inning to race away from the visitors Tuesdays.

“Walks killed us,” Ripon Christian coach John DeVisser said. “We didn’t command the strike zone like we needed to. We did OK at the plate and had a lot of quality at-bats, but you can only live dangerously for so long.”

Travis Vander Molen drove in all of the Knights’ runs, as he went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run.

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