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Three-run homers power EU past Hawks

Steven Gigli (2) is greeted near home plate after blasting a three-run, game tying home run for East Union in the fourth inning of Friday's Valley Oak League contest against visiting Central Valley.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED April 24, 2010 2:39 a.m.
Sometimes all it takes in baseball to change the course of the game is a single swing of the bat.

And coming through when you’ve found the right opportunity is something that the East Union Lancers have made their calling card during Valley Oak League play this season.

The four-run lead that the Central Valley Hawks held over East Union Friday afternoon seemed to be safe, but when the Lancers took their turn offensively in the bottom of the fourth inning, an early single and a pair of Central Valley errors set the table for sophomore standout Steven Gigli – stepping into the batter’s box with a pair of runners on the bases and trailing the Hawks by three.

One swat sent a shot to the deepest part of center field and tied the game, shifting momentum into East Union’s favor.

In the fifth inning, starting Lancer pitcher Joe Modesto stepped up to the plate with two runners on base and took a pitch from Central Valley’s William Mestas that he blasted over the left field fence for the Lancers’ second three-run homer and the 11-8 lead that the squad would hold on to for the remainder of the contest.

“This year we’ve had some opportunities when we’ve been down, and a few times we’ve taken advantage of those opportunities,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “It’s a win, and we’ll take it, but it would be nice just once to get a lead and keep the lead instead of having to come back.”

After Central Valley (1-6, 7-10 overall) jumped out on top with the game’s first run, the Lancers (3-5, 8-5) answered back in the bottom of the first inning with two runs of their own with Justin Dias driving in Gigli and Joe Modesto driving in Dias.

Riley took over the pitching duties in the sixth inning and ended up recording the save.

Modesto finished the game 2 for 3 with four RBIs and a run scored, while Gigli was 2 for 4 on the day with 3 RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Dias went 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI and scored three runs.

“The big flies were huge for us today and they really changed the course of the game,” Triglia said. “I think as a team we put the ball in play very well today – what you want to do as a baseball team is make them throw you out and we did a good job forcing them to retire us.

“I think that we did well against a pitcher that was very efficient, and now we just have to come back tomorrow and start over from scratch and see if we can do it all over again.”
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