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Lancers suffer first VOL setback in loss to Ceres

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POSTED April 15, 2010 3:05 a.m.
CERES – The Ceres Bulldogs had an opportunity to pull into a three-way tie with East Union and Oakdale atop the Valley Oak League softball scene and they seized the moment, using two big innings to knock off the Lancers 5-2 Wednesday.

Ceres got to East Union starter Kourtni McCall in a hurry, swiping a 1-0 Lancer lead off the board by scoring two in the bottom half of the first frame. The Bulldogs would touch McCall up for three more in the fourth, before giving way to reliever Jackie Ketner who kept Ceres off the scoreboard with three innings of scoreless relief.

The Lancers (4-1 VOL, 12-4 overall) squandered a golden chance to distance themselves from the Bulldogs with a two-game lead, but instead found themselves linked with Oakdale and Ceres in a three-way dogfight for league supremacy.

“I think we just had very, very poor energy today,” Lancer head coach Brian Goulart said. “If you think you can cruise into somebody’s house and take care of business when you’re very quiet and you’re not energized, you can forget it.

“It wasn’t like they put it to us, we put it to ourselves.”

The Lancers cannot afford to rest on the success they’ve accumulated thus far in the season with aspirations of making a lengthy postseason run. If East Union is planning on outlasting the VOL field and walking away with the VOL crown, things that need to change should probably begin the transition.

“I’m not nervous about it, I’m more frustrated,” Goulart said. “Because there is no reason to be playing under your level. If a team comes in and beats you and you play well, I can live with that, but when you don’t pitch well and you don’t hit the ball well then you know what happens.

“I know we have bad games, but don’t have bad games because we’re not playing well.”
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