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LaMar blasts grand slam in win over Wildcats

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POSTED March 19, 2009 4:56 a.m.

SONORA —  East Union head coach Brian Goulart was happy to get the yearly pilgrimage to Sonora out of the way early, and he was even happier with his team’s 8-1 win over the Wildcats.

There isn’t a lot that catcher Brittany LaMar hasn’t accomplished in her short but highly successful softball career, but Wednesday afternoon she smashed her first grand slam, a sixth-inning jack to cap the afternoon’s scoring.

LaMar finished the day 3 for 4 with five RBIs.

“It was pretty fun for LaMar,” Goulart said. “She skipped around third base.”

Kourtni McCall was once again nails in the circle, tossing a complete-game gem good for 10 strikeouts, while going 2 for 4 at the dish and scoring a pair of runs.

“Kourtni pitched her tail off,” Goulart said. “She’s improved so much in the circle, and she’s blossomed into a really good hitter.”

But McCall and LaMar were hardly alone.

Jillian Goulart was 2 for 3 with a pair of walks and three runs scored, Cassie Waggy went 2 for 4 and scored two more, and Cherie DeJesus and Alicia Cook both finished 2 for 4.

“Everyone got to play which was very cool,” Goulart said. “At one point we had all the seniors on the bench and got to see what the sophomores and juniors can do. The future looks bright.”

East Union (1-0 Valley Oak League, 7-2) now heads into the meat of the league schedule.

First up is a huge meeting with Oakdale Friday at Northgate Softball Complex, with contests against Ceres and Sierra looming next week.

Sierra 3, Central Valley 2
 
Gabby Hawkins went the distance allowing two earned on six hits and striking out nine.

Marissa Vallejos went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Karissa Valdez hit a two-run double in the first.

Dawn Kilpatrick and Heather Scharmann (2 runs) both went 1 for 3.

“We played pretty much flat throughout,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “We had a hard time getting the offense started.”

Sierra (1-0 VOL) hosts Ceres Friday in an important matchup.

Ceres 6, Manteca 0

In Ceres, Vaneza Hoover was outstanding in the Bulldog win, allowing just a pair of Manteca hits while striking out 15.

Trina Solario and Kayla Campbell had a knock each for the Buffaloes (0-1 VOL, 3-4).

Mariah Navarro impressed once again in the circle, only allowing six hits and four balls to reach the outfield, but five Manteca errors meant the difference.

“We have to play flawless defense, and we did at times,” Manteca head coach Todd Hardcastle said. “But we had a couple of mental mistakes that killed us.”

The Buffaloes will look to regroup Friday with a trip to Sonora.

Oakdale 11, Weston Ranch 0

In Oakdale, the Cougars took their Mustang lumps, but came away with a few highlights including Serena Hernandez’s triple.

Jerose Salamanca finished 2 for 2.

Angelysa Washington struck out three.

“I have no complaints,” Cougars head coach Melanie Berezay said. “Oakdale has always been good, and for the caliber of team we were facing, I thought we played well.”

The Cougars (0-1 VOL) will look to pick up their first win at home Friday when Central Valley comes calling.

TRANS VALLEY LEAGUE

Riverbank 11, Ripon Christian 1 (Tuesday)

In Riverbank, a Bruin hit parade spelled doom for the 0-2 Knights.

Janeen Viss hit home Katie Thomas (1B) with a single in the fourth.

Sarah Nieweg got the start and struck out four in five innings.

The Knights host Ripon today.

— Brandon Petersen

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