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DOUBLE DOOZY

DeJesus bangs out two HRs, seven RBIs

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DOUBLE DOOZY

East Union's Cassie Waggy heads back to second base as Manteca shortstop Mariah Navarro releases the ball for an out at first.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin/


POSTED May 4, 2010 2:35 a.m.
Cherie DeJesus had a day to remember, but she isn’t forgetting about her one mistake.

East Union’s starting second baseman misplayed a groundball in the first inning of Monday’s Valley Oak League contest against rival Manteca at Northgate Softball Complex.

The Lancers won 11-0 in five innings with DeJesus supplying most of the offensive firepower.

The last time EU played, last Friday in a 12-0 shelling of Lathrop, pitcher Jackie Ketner’s perfect game was saved by a nice defensive stop by DeJesus on the final out.

Though Manteca couldn’t capitalize on EU’s lone miscue Monday, DeJesus vowed to atone for it.

She slugged a two-run double to help East Union (10-2, 18-5 overall) stake a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first and later crushed two home runs for a grand total of seven RBIs. Her three-run jack in the fourth plated the final three of the contest.

She also turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the top half of the fourth.

It’s safe to say that all is forgiven, but not all was forgotten by DeJesus after the game.

“I’m captain of the team and a senior, so it’s my job to be a leader out there,” she said. “I had to make it up to my coaches and most of all my team, so I felt like that was what I had to do.”

Manteca (6-6, 9-9), on the other hand, couldn’t recover from its own two errors in the first innings. The Jekyll and Hyde act continues for the Buffaloes, who had been playing well until dropping a 10-3 decision to Sonora last Friday.

They hadn’t lost back-to-back since April 7 and 12 against Oakdale and EU, the VOL’s top two clubs.

“That set the tone,” Manteca coach Todd Hardcastle said of the early defensive letdowns. “When you give up four in the first, that’s a lot to make up against that team.

“We’re on a rollercoaster right now, and that was one of our down games right there.”

East Union finished with nine hits, and Cassie Waggy added her own 3-for-3 effort to go with three runs and a double. Brittany LaMar, Jessica Lavoie and Laura Gann each picked up an RBI.

Ketner threw the first four innings, striking out three, walking none and scattering two base hits. Melissa Bond and freshman Selena Gonzalez accounted for Manteca’s knocks.

Kourtni McCall, EU’s starting pitcher to begin the season, tossed an inning in relief and struck out two in the fifth.

“We’ve been wanting to get to that point where we get McCall throwing in relief,” EU coach Brian Goulart. “It’s been Jackie’s show because she has been doing a phenomenal job, but it’s nice to mix it up once in a while.

“It’s a nice little combo we have going.”

Lathrop 12,
Central Valley 10
LATHROP — It was better late than never for Lathrop High’s first-year varsity softball team.

The Spartans recorded their first win in the Valley Oak League Monday, coming from behind to come out on top.

Lathrop was behind all game before erupting for six runs in the sixth inning to take an 11-10 lead. Alicia Erlandson jump started the rally with a walk, and Xochil Sanchez followed with her second hit of the contest.

Erlandson later reached on a wild pitch, and Lathrop capitalized on three more wild pitches to plate to more runs. Krystal Ruiz and Martina Carillo each singled for an RBI to punctuate the barrage.

Ruiz ended up 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Mari Duenas keyed the victory with her relief pitching performance, giving up just one run while striking out five over the final four-plus innings.

Lathrop rapped out 10 base hits for a season high.

Oakdale 15, Weston Ranch 1
WESTON RANCH — Miranda Holmes drove in Alexandra Alvarado in the first inning for Weston Ranch, but that was all the offense Oakdale standout pitcher Brianna Parker allowed.

Parker finished with five strikeouts in her two-hit masterpiece. The game was called after four innings. Raylynn Romo accounted for Weston Ranch’s other hit.
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