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Bombs away: Teeple, Waggy power EU to win

Palluck impresses in rare start from circle

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Bombs away: Teeple, Waggy power EU to win

East Union's Cassie Waggy, 24, is greeted by Nycole Teeple after blasting a two-run homer in the third inning against Weston Ranch Wednesday at Northgate Softball Complex. Teeple also took one out ...

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED April 2, 2009 5:42 a.m.
There was little doubt in the minds of everybody else in attendance at Northgate Softball Complex Wednesday, but Nycole Teeple admittedly had hers.

The East Union senior has been trying to work through an early-season slump at the plate, and she had never hit a home run before Wednesday’s Valley Oak League contest.

 “I was praying it would go over,” she said.

Prayer answered.

Teeple’s three-run homer to left center sparked the Lancers’ eight-run third inning, as she helped power the club to an 11-0 mercy-rule victory that keeps it in step with Oakdale for the conference lead.

Cassie Waggy, hitting .528 on the season to lead East Union (4-1, 10-3 overall), continued her tear from the batter’s box with a 3-for-4 effort that that featured a two-run blast during the third-inning barrage.

Teeple finished 2 for 3 and was one of five Lancers to hammer multiple hits. Jillian Goulart plated a pair of runs and drove in three others to highlight a 3-for-4 performance. Kourtni McCall (two runs, 2B, RBI) and Alicia Cook were each 2 for 3.

Cook was inches shy of slugging her own homer in the third, but the ball skipped off the top of the left-field fence and ricocheted back into play. She settled for a double.

East Union finished with 16 total hits and no strikeouts.

Weston Ranch pitcher Angelysa Washington was charged with only four earned runs. She had a chance to get out of the third still down 2-0 (the Lancers scored once in each of the first two frames), but a throwing error on a steal attempt helped lead to one run, and a misplayed routine grounder that would have otherwise booked the third out led to the rest.

Ally Palluck, whom coach Brian Goulart called the player of the game, was quietly effective in a rare start from the pitcher’s circle. She finished with five strikeouts to no walks and scattered five hits. Her last appearance was on March 14 against Vintage in a preseason tournament win.

McCall, the Lancers’ workhorse pitcher, started in left field and was moved to shortstop in the fifth inning.

With four-time Bulletin Most Valuable Player Erin Arevalo, now at Georgia on a full-ride athletic scholarship, occupying the chalked circle last season, Palluck relished the opportunity to pitch her first complete game in VOL play.

“I didn’t have much of a chance last year because we had Erin, but I worked really hard all summer,” Palluck said. “It felt good to get the start.”

Added Goulart: “She deserved that start all the way, and she pitched great.”

Sharmaine Calub was 2 for 2 for Weston Ranch (1-4, 1-8).
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