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Late rally leads Lancers past Sonora

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POSTED May 2, 2010 2:39 a.m.
SONORA – An early drive to Sonora is never bad, when the return trip includes an 8-4 Valley Oak League win over the Wildcats. That was the case in East Union’s league win over Sonora Saturday.

The Lancers (4-7 VOL, 9-12 overall) found themselves in a scoreless battle through four innings and then Sonora took the lead by scratching the game’s first run in the bottom of the fifth. The run seemingly ignited a dangerous East Union line up, as the Lancers would score eight runs in the final two frames for the come-from-behind road victory.

“It was a very good defensive game for the first five innings,” Lancers head coach Dan Triglia said. “Both pitchers were really working well, hitting their spots and changing their speeds. It looked like it was going to be a real close game there for a while.”

East Union would answer with a four-spot in its half of the sixth, but Sonora would answer, pushing across three to tie it up 4-4. The Lancers weren’t through, posting another four runs in the top of the seventh, including a 2-run bomb from sophomore Steven Gigli.

Gigli was outstanding once again, going 2 for 4 at the plate, driving in two and smashing a double. He also twirled six innings on the mound, handling the bulk of the pitching duties. Ronnie Limas was 3 for 3 to lead the Lancers, while Brett Riley finished the contest 2 for 4. Joe Modesto and Jordan Kron both added RBI doubles in their three trips to the plate.

“This was just a great team win for us,” Triglia said. “It was a solid effort, from the bump to the plate, we played good defense and we had clutch hitting.

“This was solid on every aspect for our club.”

The Lancers have experienced their share of bad luck on the season, dropping a one-run game to Oakdale and a two-run game to Manteca. Pulling out a close one up the hill will undoubtedly boost morale around the Lancer locker room.

“It’s got to give us a certain amount of confidence, to be able to play with one of the top teams in the league and play them well enough to beat them,” Triglia said. “It was good to be able to finish the deal. We’ve been close, the kids have continued to work hard, and it paid off today.

“Hopefully we can use that for the last couple of weeks of the season and finish out on a strong note.”

The Lancers will be back on the diamond Tuesday when they play host to the Ceres Bulldogs.

Sonora 14, East Union 13
SONORA – Even with banging out 17 hits, the Lancers came up one run short in their VOL loss to Sonora Saturday.

Brock Swift led the Lancers (9-3, 12-5) with a 4 for 5 day, stroking a homerun and driving in eight runs for the Lancers. Alex Diaz finished 3 for 5 as did teammate Jesus Esquievel. Both players drove in two in the loss.

East Union will continue VOL action Tuesday when they host the Ceres Bulldogs.
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