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AND THE LANCERS TAKE THE LEAD

Waggy catapults EU to sole possession of first with two-run triple

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AND THE LANCERS TAKE THE LEAD

Courtesy runner Bryanna Teicheira is welcomed back to the dugout by Lancer teammates Alicia Cook, 9, and Tailor Brown after plating one of two runs on Waggy's triple.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED April 23, 2009 2:24 a.m.
OAKDALE — Cassie Waggy may have saved the game with her glove, and she decided it with her bat.

The rest was left up to the Kourtni McCall’s right arm and her defense in East Union’s 2-0 victory over Oakdale in a tussle for sole possession of the Valley Oak League’s top spot.

East Union (8-1, 17-4 overall) capitalized on back-to-back, two-out errors in the third inning, and Waggy made it hurt for the Mustangs with a triple to right center to drive in Bryanna Teicheira (courtesy running for McCall) and Jillian Goulart.

Oakdale (7-2, 16-4-1) beat EU 3-1 the first time around.

“I just feel like I have to clutch up,” Waggy said. “I feel like if my teammates are getting on and doing their jobs, I have to do mine.”

McCall also did hers in outdueling Oakdale sophomore Brianna Parker.

She appeared to get stronger as the game went on, as all five of her strikeouts came in the final two innings. Her two-hit masterpiece included 10 groundouts.

Parker herself was impressive. She struck out eight Lancers and yielded just three hits and a walk.

“When we get an early lead I just get more comfortable out there,” McCall said. “With the heat and everything we just had to deal with it. I just told myself to get over it because it’ll only get worse in (the playoffs). I knew I just had to pitch my butt off.”

McCall was backed by a defense that committed just one error, and the defensive plays of the game for both clubs came in the second.

Rochelle Sellers led off the top half with a double for the Lancers, but she was later thrown out at the plate by shortstop Katy Rissetto.

 Parker then set the table in the bottom of the inning with her own two-bagger to right. McCall and the Lancers staved off the threat by turning a double play. Waggy leapt vertically to snag Morgan Dickens’ line drive to first, and she whipped it to second where shortstop Cherie DeJesus was in position to force out Parker.

“It was a sandlot play,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said. “It lets me know as a coach that the players are learning the game. That was the game-saving play.

“If Cassie lets that go over her head that’s a run, and if DJ wasn’t there at second that gives Oakdale another chance to bring her in.”

There is still work left to be done for the VOL’s defending champion, as East Union completes a tough three-game stretch at Ceres Friday and at home against rival Sierra April 29. Along with Oakdale, Ceres and Sierra are in the hunt to capture one of two Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff berths with five games remaining.

For now, the Lancers can relish their big win and hope to use it as a momentum builder as they wrap up the final stretch of the regular season.

 “I told our girls that that was the best game we played all year, because that team’s great,” Goulart said. “That was as good a win as I can remember in league. I respect their team highly.”
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