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Cook leads Senior Night bash as EU’s season hangs in the balance

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Alicia Cook is mobbed at home plate after parking her first career home run in a 10-0 win over Manteca Friday at Northgate Park.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED May 9, 2009 1:33 a.m.
Just call her the “Cookie Monster.”

Despite a forfeiture request from Oakdale High spawning from an incident that happened in Sonora on April 20, the East Union Lancers set aside all the distractions Friday night at Northgate Park and sent off five seniors in style with a 10-0 blanking of Manteca.

Alicia Cook, a four-year starter affectionately known as “Cookie” in Lancer circles, led the emotional charge with the first home run of her career.

“Sixty-five million at-bats, and she finally hit one out,” EU head coach Brian Goulart said with a grin.

It’s not yet known if Cook’s 327th plate appearance will be her last as a Lancer, but if it was, it was the perfect way to end a tremendous career that included back-to-back trips to the section finals.

“It was so exciting for me because Coach G had been talking to me all season about, ‘Oh, you’re going to get one, you’re going to get one,’ and I just wasn’t doing it,” Cook said. “I went up there thinking, ‘OK, this is my last chance.’ The pitch came at me and I saw it – it was huge – and I just swung for it all.

“It went over, and I was so excited. I don’t think I’ve ever ran the bases that fast. Just to see my team there with me all happy and excited – it was just the best thing ever. It was the perfect ending.”

Cook’s solo shot led off a six-run fifth that ended the contest early.

Brittany LaMar drilled a line shot as straight as her new hairdo into left to plate two and senior outfielder Alex Heady followed Cook’s lead with her own blast that one-hopped the wall and plated two more.

Tori Souza’s RBI groundout a batter later gave East Union (11-3 VOL, 20-6) the win early.

Rochelle Sellers also celebrated Senior Night in style, smashing a solo shot in the first to make it 4-0 just moments after Cassie Waggy scored Jillian Goulart and Cook with a three-run dinger.

“With everything going on with Oakdale, everything seemed to be going wrong,” Goulart said. “We had to come out and honor our seniors. Honestly, I don’t think we’ve ever played better. I don’t think it’s ever been more fun than it was tonight.

“I’m so proud of our girls.”
The night was also the last chance for Trina Solario and Raylynn Saint to play with their Buffalo teammates.

Solario, who will no doubt be a part of the postseason all-star circuit, will go down as one of the best ever to play at Manteca (3-11 VOL, 7-16).

“I think she’s the best player in the league, and I’ve heard a few other coaches say it,” Manteca head coach Todd Hardcastle said of Solario. “You have Sara Cross, you have my daughter (Alyssa Hardcastle), you have Marissa Navarro, and you have her.

“She’s definitely at the top.”

Ally Palluck was phemonimal in her final start as a Lancer, tossing a complete game shutout, and Nycole Teeple potentially ended her career with a base-on-balls and the game’s ninth run scored.
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