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Bongi spins 1-hitter as Lancers roll into semifinal

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East Union’s Danyelle Godoy was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.


POSTED May 23, 2017 12:44 a.m.

STOCKTON — East Union pitcher Mikayla Bongi was on fire Monday night, allowing just one hit, striking out 11 Vista del Lago batters and retiring 16 of the last 17 batters she faced in a 2-0 win for the No. 2 Lancers in quarterfinal action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs at Arnaiz Field.

“I felt like I had my stuff today, for sure,” Bongi said. “My defense was stellar behind me, like always.”

East Union (27-3) got on the board in the first inning. Izabella Owen (2 for 3, run) led off with a single and took second on Allie Tajii’s sacrifice bunt. Alexis Erich got Owen to third on a single and Owen came home when Kristina Mojica’s grounder to second was misplayed. 

Erich laced a two-out double in the fifth inning and came in on a double by Danyelle Godoy (2 for 3, double, RBI). 

 “I was just trying to get hits to get the rest of our lineup up to bat and do something,” Godoy said. “And I was able to come through.

“On that double, the pitch just looked really good.”

Erich finished 2 for 3 with a double. 

“My last couple of games I have been getting stuck on the riseballs,” Erich said. “I did pretty good on the first at-bat (single), went after a riseball on my second (pop out) and went after one on the third one as well, but it went foul and I got a second chance and doubled.”

The No. 6 Eagles (21-7) got solid contact once and that came with two outs in the fifth inning off the bat of Kirsten Cox. It went past Erich in center field but Erich ran it down and made a great catch for the third out. After that, the final six Vista del Lago batters were retired with no balls leaving the infield. 

“I thought that hit was over my head,” Erich said. “But I had outfielders backing me up and letting me know I had room and where the fence was.”

The No. 6 Eagles eliminated the Lancers from the playoffs in 2016.

“I was pretty excited about getting to face Vista del Lago tonight,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said. “Bongi pitched great and the team played extremely well all the way through. We had one bobble and maybe we could have scored a few more runs but with Bongi dominating we were in great position all night. It was a very well-played game for our team.

“The (2-1 first round win) with Lincoln got us ready. We learned we cannot ever look past any team. Lincoln did us a favor – they made us get sharper and we had better practices after that game. Everyone knows we have to stay on it and today was a perfect example of that.”

The Lancers face top-seeded Benicia on Thursday in the winners-bracket semifinal at 5 p.m.

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