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East Union humbled in loss to Clovis

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East Union head coach Brian Goulart shares a message with his entire lineup during a timeout in their 8-1 loss to Clovis Friday.


POSTED April 10, 2010 1:55 a.m.
TRACY – East Union’s softball team could not channel the performance that lifted them over Notre Dame High, putting together a lackluster performance in a lopsided 8-1 loss to Clovis High Friday in the NorCal Classic Tournament’s platinum division action.

East Union (10-3) displayed the effort that has lifted them to the top of the Valley Oak League softball scene in a tournament opening victory, coming from behind and outlasting Notre Dame in extra innings. The Lancers took advantage of the international tiebreaker rule, driving in the inherited base runner and walking off with the win.

“In that first game we only had one bad inning the entire game,” Lancer head coach Brian Goulart said. “They went up on us 4-1 but we rallied back, and really fought hard.

“We played good defense the rest of the way, enabling us to pull out the win.”

The Lancers good fortune’s would end immediately after the Notre Dame loss, falling behind a strong Clovis High team and eventually allowing the Cougars to avenge a 4-0 loss East Union handed them on March 20.

“I was so bothered by our lack of heart, lack of effort and lack of understanding of the game and the fundamentals,” Goulart said of the nightcap. “We just kind of think that we can show up and win the game because we’ve been playing pretty well.

“And we got it handed to us by a great team.”

Losing to a solid team would not have bothered the East Union head coach had his team played the caliber of softball that they’ve customarily played this season. But that was not the case, as the Lancers bobbled routine plays, walked batters and had minimal success at the plate.

This effort, coupled with the fact that Clovis played nearly a perfect game, made the 8-1 mercy-rule shortened loss tough to cope with.

“This is a team that we have already beaten 4-0 on their field,” Goulart said. “And then we come out here and show up like this. It’s the first time I have ever been run-ruled as a coach in my entire career.

“I’m embarrassed, and things will be changing dramatically soon.”

The Lancers will try and get things straightened out in a 5 p.m. consolation bracket contest at the Tracy Sports Complex.

Weston Ranch 19, Kennedy 0
Ripon 10, Weston Ranch 8
TRACY – The Cougars pounded Kennedy High into submission, but they weren’t able to close the door on the Ripon Indians, falling 10-8 in extra innings for the bronze bracket’s consolation championship.

Weston Ranch blew past Kennedy with an 8-run first inning and closed the door with a 7-run fourth inning.

“They played like they’re supposed to play, Weston Ranch head coach Melanie Berezay said. “They played with their hearts.

“I have never been more proud of my girls than I was today.”

Reianna Dominguez handled the pitching duties, limiting Kennedy to just two hits and striking out four. Alexandra Alvarado paced the offense, going 4 for 5 with three doubles and a single. Serena Hernandez went 3 for 5, Michelle Lord finished 3 for 4 and Miranda Holmes was 2 for 4 with a double.

Holmes also collected two hits against Ripon, while Raileen Romo was 3 for 5 with a double. Dominguez was 3 for 4 at the plate with a pair of triples, and Nikki Taylor also went 3 for 5.

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