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McCall fires first no-hitter

EU hurler backed by strong defense, Waggy HR

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McCall fires first no-hitter

East Union ace Kourtni McCall was a walk and a bean ball away from a perfect game against rival Manteca Wednesday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED April 16, 2009 5:18 a.m.
Kourtni McCall showed no mercy to Uncle Todd and his Manteca Buffaloes Wednesday.

McCall recorded her first no-hitter at Todd Hardcastle’s expense and was a walk and hit batsman away from a perfect game in leading East Union to a 5-0 victory.

East Union’s ace was aided by Alicia Cook’s 3-for-3, two-RBI effort at the plate. And Cassie Waggy, who was 2 for 3, pummeled her area-leading fourth homer — a two-run shot in the fifth.

 Manteca’s head coach said he watched his niece work the pitcher’s circle during a travel-ball game over the summer and was impressed then. It turns out she had a few tricks up her sleeve.

“It looks like she’s improved 100 percent,” Hardcastle said. “When I saw her over the summer it was all fastballs, but she was breaking them off on us today.”

McCall broke ’em off to the tune of 12 strikeouts and struck out the sides in the second and fifth innings. Manteca (1-6 Valley Oak League, 4-8 overall) was never able to get the ball beyond the dirt, and it helped McCall to have an error-free performance from her infielders.

Chellsee Lee, who walked, and Serina Gonzales were the Buffaloes’ only base runners.

McCall has pitched well all season for VOL co-leading Lancers, who improved to 6-1 (12-3 overall) while ending the first half of the regular season. But on Wednesday she pitched at a different level.
“I don’t know, maybe because it was against family,” she said. “Plus it’s Manteca High, we’re always amped up against them.”

The Lancers finished with 10 hits. McCall, from the leadoff spot, helped herself out with a 2-for-4 outing that included a double and a run. Cherie DeJesus was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs.

East Union coach Brian Goulart wasn’t completely pleased with the hitting but attributed that to a combination of rust from the spring-break layoff and a gutsy pitching performance by Manteca’s Trina Solario, who is a standout at third base.

“We weren’t hitting the ball great today, but we had great defense and great pitching,” Goulart said. “I thought Trina pitched real good considering she’s not a pitcher, but she’s just a great competitor. She was awesome.”

While every run was earned, Solario could have gotten out of multiple jams had a few routine, albeit tough, plays were made behind her. On one sequence in the fourth, DeJesus rapped a sharp grounder that got passed an infielder and an outfielder, allowing her to reach second for the double.

“You take things like that away it’s a two to nothing ballgame,” Hardcastle said. “Then it makes it easier when you’re batting in the bottom of the seventh down just two runs because your confidence is different.”

Both teams will play in the Nor-Cal Classic in Tracy starting today.
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