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Errors, not Oakdale, the story in Lancers’ loss

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POSTED March 27, 2009 4:54 a.m.
OAKDALE — It may not have been a win, but at the very least, it was a message sent.

East Union fell 8-4 in Oakdale Thursday afternoon, but outhit the Mustangs 7-3 and committed five errors, three alone in the second which led to a four-run Oakdale outpouring.

But for East Union, which hopes to meet Oakdale again in the postseason, the moral victories were plentiful.

Oakdale averages nine hits a contest and had never hit less than four before facing Marshall Swift through six Tuesday.

“Marshall pitched extremely well,” EU skipper Dan Triglia said. “He battled every inning, but he was tenacious.”

Swift struck out six, but allowed six free passes (5 BB).

Justin Jones hit a triple and Nick Vander Tuig went yard.

East Union also set a precedent on the offensive end, scoring four earned runs against Oakdale, tying the highest such mark against the 13-0 Mustangs this year. Oakdale allowed four earned in a 12-7 win over Turlock March 6.

Garrett Fisher belted a two-run blast off Vander Tuig in the fourth with Wade Morten (1B) on.

East Union added two more in the seventh when John Ott led off with a single and was hit home on Steve Weddington’s triple.

Swift then knocked home Weddington on a single.

Prior to Wednesday, Vander Tuig had faced 89 batters, allowing just two earned runs on 11 hits.

“We played well, but you can’t allow a team like Oakdale extra outs,” Triglia said. “On the positive side, we did compete, and we were able to rebound after Tuesday.”

Vander Tuig finished with nine strikeouts and no walks.

East Union (1-3 VOL) will look to capture a pair of wins against Central Valley next week.

Manteca 10, Central Valley 9

The Buffaloes racked up 10 hits and put up a five-spot in the third to take an 8-4 lead.

Matt Burrows allowed two earned and Matt Barber allowed three earned before making way to Curtiss May in the fifth.

May got the win, allowing no hits or runs and striking out three.

“(May) did a good job for us,” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. “He definitely showed some poise out there today.”

With runners on second and third with one down in the seventh, and facing CV’s No. 2 hitter with a 3-0 count, May worked two strikeouts to end it.

Kevin Allen led the way at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a two-run shot to right in the third and three batted in.

Sam Jorgensen went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Kiefer Haynes was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases.

Manteca (2-2 VOL, 8-7-1) takes on Sonora next week.

Sonora 6, Sierra 1

In the foothills, Sierra suffered its first VOL loss in four games after the Wildcats broke loose with a six-spot in the fourth.

Sonora scored the six on three walks and three T’Wolf fielding errors.

Both Sierra (3-1 VOL, 6-4) and Sonora (3-3) finished with three hits.

Jonathan Davis poked a double for the visitors.

— Brandon Petersen

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