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Lancers bounce back from loss

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POSTED April 16, 2010 2:32 a.m.
After coping with a loss that cost the club primary ownership of first place in the Valley Oak League, East Union responded by hammering the Sonora Wildcats 12-1 in VOL action Thursday.

Jackie Ketner went the distance for the Lancers, striking out three and not surrendering a walk. East Union plated a run in the first, which was answered by a Sonora first inning run, and then the wheels came off as East Union erupted for six runs in the bottom of the second.

“We made a decision to move Jackie back to starter and move (Kourtni) McCall back to short and it proved to be a great decision because McCall played great defensively,” east Union head coach Brian Goulart said. “Jackie also pitched great and it really was just what we were hoping for.”

The Lancers (5-1 VOL, 13-4 overall) have lofty postseason aspirations, and a lot of the team’s success will depend on the depth of their pitching staff, which basically means how effective will the tandem of McCall and Ketner be.

“One of the good signs was the fact that Sonora is a good hitting ball club that swings the bats very well,” Goulart said. “So if Jackie can shut them down, she can probably compete with anybody in our league.

“I’m pretty excited about it.”

Jillian Goulart, Cassie Waggy, Brittany Lamar, Laura Gann and McCall all went 2 for 3 at the plate, with Waggy and freshman Gann driving in a pair. Captain Cherie DeJesus also drove in a pair, while McCall and Lamar both scored twice.

The Lancers will try and make it back-to-back wins, when they play host to the Sierra Timberwolves at 6 p.m. at Northgate Park.

Modesto Christian 5, Ripon 0
RIPON – The Crusaders scored twice in the third, once in the fifth and put the game away for good with two runs in the seventh for a 5-0 win over the Indians Thursday.

Modesto Christian used an 11-hit attack to cruise to the shutout victory, holding Ripon to just five hits on the afternoon.  Crusader hurler Brittani McGue went the distance, striking out 12 and not walking a batter.

— Jagada Chambers
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