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Lancers on last life

Lancer leadoff hitter Jillian Goulart makes her way up the line during East Union's 2-0 win over Cosumnes Oaks Wednesday in postseason action.

IKE DODSON/The Bulletin

POSTED May 20, 2010 2:29 a.m.
STOCKTON – East Union High has tough road to travel in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Softball Tournament.

A disappointing 2-1 second-round loss Wednesday to Center of Antelope put the Lancers in the loser’s bracket of the three-day event at Arnaiz Stadium.

In all likelihood, East Union (22-7) will face Oakdale at 5 p.m. Friday in the north Stockton facility. Against Bear River – the Bruins of Grass Valley have been the section champions of the past three years – the Mustangs trailed late in the game, 5-0.

The Lancers and Oakdale split in their previous Valley Oak League meetings.

Brian Goulart isn’t concerned about a third meeting between the two league rivals. The East Union coach is simply demanding the best effort from his squad.

“I just want them to come out fighting,” he said.

Against the Center Cougars, the Lancers experienced some trouble against sophomore Natalie Hampton, who came out throwing a variety of off-speed pitches.

“We didn’t adjust until late in the game,” Goulart said. “We had opportunities – but (by not capitalizing) you factor in the human element.”

He argued that his player, Jillian Goulart, had clearly beaten the throw to first base by Cougar shortstop Hayley Miles on the final play of the game. Needing one run, East Union loaded the base in its final at-bat.

Jessica Lavoie drew a one-out walk, with Cherrise Martin reaching safely on a fielder’s choice and Kelsey Martin coming up with an infield hit.
“In a game like this, every play matters,” said coach Goulart. “One call can make a big difference.”

His other questionable call occurred in the second inning. Martin tried to stretch an extra base hit but was ruled out at third base despite a high throw to the bag from the outfield. On the next play, Kelsey Emerson ripped a single.

Coming off a 3-0 win over Lincoln, Center took the early lead in the second-round matchup.

Miles opened the game with double and was plated home by Alexis Johnson, who was stellar with the glove at third.

The Lancers responded in their half of the first with Jillian Goulart hustling out a lead-off double. She moved to third on fielder choice by Kourtni McCall and scored on an infield error.

East Union pitcher Jackie Ketner settled down after the first inning by retiring 13 of 14 batters including nine straight at one point.

Johnson and Hampton led off the sixth inning with back-to-back infield singles, with Johnson scoring the game-winner on an error.

In the opener, the Lancers edged Consumnes Oaks of Elk Grove, 2-1.

They took the lead on extra base hits by Brittany Lamar and Cherie DeJesus, who blasted a run-scoring triple.

East Union hurler McCall kept the Wolf Pack in check, allowing two hits.

The Lancers had runners in scoring position in nearly every inning but one, with McCall, Lamar and Lavoie each collecting a pair of hits.
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