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Lancers make statement in Oakdale

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POSTED April 7, 2010 3:14 a.m.
OAKDALE –After setting the tone with two runs in the blink of an eye, the East Union Lancers used a phenomenal relief pitching effort in from Kourtni McCall to hold off the Oakdale Mustangs 5-4 in a Valley Oak League showdown Tuesday.

Jillian Goulart opened the game with a base hit, Cassie Waggy reached base on an error and Cherie DeJesus made it hurt, blasting a pitch to the right-center wall for a huge 2-0 lead. Oakdale showed its resiliency, scratching across a run in its half of the first, but its best chances to win the contest culminated with McCall closing the door in relief.

“I’d say this was a statement game,” East Union head coach Brian Goulart said. “With that said, if we play like that every game, then the statement will be loud and clear that we come to play hard every game.

“If we don’t show up the next game then it just melts away.”

Jillian led the Lancers cause going 3 for 4 and scoring a game-high three runs. Waggy finished the contest 1 for 3 and scored twice, while both Brittany Lamar and DeJesus went 1 for 2 and drove in a pair each.

McCall proved to be brilliant in relief of starter Jackie Ketner, coming in to a bases loaded situation and getting East Union (3-0 VOL, 8-2 overall) out unscathed. The senior hurler provided five innings of scoreless relief, stopping a Mustang offense that has scored over 20 runs in their previous three wins.

“As solid as we were all over the diamond, she was clearly our defensive player of the game,” Goulart said of McCall’s efforts. “She came in and really shut them down.
“Without her pitching effort today, we would have been in big trouble.”

The Lancers will try to avoid any sort of collapse as they pay a visit to the Manteca Buffaloes Thursday at 4 p.m.
“This is never, ever, ever a game that we would take lightly,” Goulart said. “As soon as you’ve done that then it’s a done deal.

“We are going to go over there and play as hard as we possibly can.”

Ripon 12, McNair 1
STOCKTON – Kirsten Mortimer went the distance for the Indians, striking out six and walking three in a complete-game win over the Eagles Tuesday.

The Ripon offense amassed 10 hits, including two hit outings from Kendra Contente, Alissa Vickers and Mortimer. Rachel Rodriguez smashed a RBI triple, as did teammate Caryn Lake. Vickers drove in three runs with her two hits, while Paulilna Ceja drove in a pair with a base hit.

Ripon (7-4) will try and make it two straight when they play host to the Pitman Pride Thursday.

— Jagada Chambers
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