It's a tied ballgame, there's a runner on third with no out in the bottom of the seventh inning, and No. 9 batter Adrian Valencia had the big boppers behind him in the order itching to drive in the winning run should he fail to do so himself.
East Union fresh-faced freshman forwards Gina Dias and Isela Rivera have already showed the rest of the Valley Oak League why the Lancers are going to be a force to be reckoned with for years.
East Union has been the top softball program for years, but there appears to be a new sheriff in town.
Jillian Goulart and Logan Vos' achievements in high school extend outside the athletic arena.
The coast is far from clear for East Union High's boys tennis team, but the Lancers are liking the spot they're in at the moment.
It appears to be a four-team race for the title and three postseason berths the way the Valley Oak League girls soccer season is shaping up.
Manteca High's softball team hopes last week's discouraging loss to Kimball is fully behind it after beating visiting Lathrop 8-0 Monday.
One gutty pitching performance was spoiled in its previous outing, and another was wasted Monday for East Union High's baseball team.
The winless streak is over for East Union High's girls soccer team, which snapped a string of three straight draws Monday with a 5-0 shutout of host Sonora
Sierra High pitcher Dylan DeBrouwer was bothered by an uncooperrative throwing arm Friday against visiting Kimball of Tracy.
RIPON - Ripon High's unprecedented run in girls soccer is supposed to end this year.
Mash with runners in scoring position, throw strikes and execute on defense - it's baseball's recipe for success.
Drew Allen made a big statement Tuesday but did so in a losing effort by his Sierra High boys golf team.
Iyana Hughes is known for her speed at the top of Sierra High's batting order, but she brought a little thunder to go with the lightning against visiting Kimball of Tracy Tuesday.
A week off from competition and the rare Monday meet did little to slow down Sierra High's track and field team.
Weston Ranch successfully defended its Stagg Brown and Gold Cup crown on Saturday, securing the championship with a 2-0 win over the host team.
SANTA CLARA - Maybe it was a good thing that Friday's Manteca-Wilcox football game did not take place at Levi's Stadium as originally planned.
LODI - Leagues are realigned.
Manteca and East Union are out for revenge, while Lathrop's second-year head coach returns to his hometown to lead the Spartans onto familiar grounds.
Brooke Riley stood shoulder to shoulder with a teammate, both staring down the third fairway at Manteca Park Golf Course.
Weston Ranch isn't going to surprise anybody this year.
Ripon Christian has re-established itself as a force among Sac-Joaquin Section small-school powers following eight straight losing seasons.
The Ripon High boys soccer team didn't just lose the area's top player from a year ago.
Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.
Justin Coenenberg is calling all former Buffaloes to reunite at Manteca High's Guss Schmiedt Field this Friday.
Alex Hernandez slowed to a jog and eventually a brisk walk while running sprints with his Manteca High soccer teammates on Thursday.
The fall sports season is officially underway for local high schools.
Kyle Alexander shattered records once again in his final tune-up for the International Powerlifting League Worlds.
Dakota Conners was in Cooperstown, N.Y. serving as an assistant coach for a local youth baseball team competing in a prestigious tournament when he earned his greatest achievement.
Neil MacDannald's coaching resume just got a little longer.