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EU’s Owen belts walk-off hit in 8th

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EU’s Owen belts walk-off hit in 8th

East Union infielder Izabella Owen throws to first for an out against visiting Kimball on Tuesday.

POSTED March 28, 2018 12:03 a.m.

In a game that included 22 runs, 25 hits and nine errors, East Union’s Izabella Owen added one final hit and one final run Tuesday when she lofted a bases-loaded single to center field in the eighth inning, scoring Shelby Cefalu and ending the 12-11 Valley Oak League win for the Lancers over visiting Kimball of Tracy at Northgate Softball complex. 
“She always comes through in the clutch,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said of Owen. “We were praying that it would get to her and they would have to pitch to her, and the bases were loaded so they had to. There was no doubt in my mind she was going to come through. She is such a good player.
“But we have so much work to do. Our defensive is passive and scared, but we can hit. I guess we will try and win 15-14 or 13-12 instead of 3-2.”
The Lancers (1-1 VOL, 7-2 overall) had runners at the corners with no outs in the seventh but could not capitalize. In the eighth, Cefalu (3 for 5, two RBI, run) singled and was followed by Chloe Agueda (singled) and Bella Achundo (hit by pitch) to load the bases for Owen (3 for 4, RBI, two runs, two walks).
“We shouldn’t have been that close,” Owen said. “We did a good job of fighting and staying in the game but we had some mental and physical mistakes we need to work on.
“We were all rallying on each other and picking each other up. If someone made a mistake the next girl would get a hit. When Bella Achundo got hit by the ball, I knew I had to pick the team up.”
Ally Roberts went 3 for 5 with an RBI, a pair of doubles and two runs for East Union, but her biggest play came in right field. With one out in the top of the eight Roberts got a good break on a short fly ball off the bat of Leah Richardson and made a diving catch for the out.
“In that type of game in the eighth inning you think about making the big play,” Roberts said.
“That ball got hit to me and I just knew I was not going to let it drop and I was going to do everything in my power to catch it.”
Allie Tajii (two runs) was in the middle of another big play for the Lancers that killed a potential rally for the Jaguars (1-2, 3-4). Kimball had runners on second and third with one out in the third inning when East Union third baseman Allie Parker charged from third on a bunt and fired to Tajii who was covering first from second for Ragan Fowzer who was charging the bunt.
Tajii got the force and fired home to Danielle Ramos (3 for 5, RBI, double) and Ramos tagged Emma Anderson for the inning-ending double play.
“I just knew that once I got the out I had to go home,” Tajii said. “That’s what coach Randy (Friend) tells us to do in practice so I had to get the out and go home.”
In addition to anchoring third base, Parker had the big bat for East Union, going 2 for 5 with a RBI triples.
“The pitcher was just throwing my pitches,” Parker said. “She was throwing outside and high and I knew right when I saw them that they were gone.”
The game had six lead changes and one tie with at least one run being scored in every inning but the fifth. The Lancers pounded out 15 hits with six errors and Kimball tallied 11 hits and committed three errors.
Savannah Rogers was 2 for 3 with two runs for the Jaguars and teammate Leah Richardson was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs.

East Union 11, Kimball 8
Bradee Jeffrey went 4 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs to help the Lancers hold on for the win.
Andrea Smith drove in a pair of runs and plated one while going 2 for 4. Michaela Lopez provided a key RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. Pitcher Emma Silva struck out six and went 2 for 4 at the plate

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