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Ranch rallies in 9th to beat East Union

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POSTED April 11, 2018 1:57 a.m.

Bulletin staff reports
Weston Ranch struggled to get clutch hits and make plays on defense during its four-game losing streak to start Valley Oak League play.
Despite injuries to key players, the Cougars were able to put it all together in their 7-4 extra-innings victory at East Union on Tuesday.
They jumped ahead for good in the top of the ninth when James Peavey doubled and scored on a throwing error following a sacrifice bunt by Rylan Tinsley. Anthony Aguilar tacked on an insurance run with a sacrifice fly, and Carlos Drain added another with a RBI single. Peavey finished 2 for 3 with two doubles and two runs, while Drain went 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
“We have some injuries and our kids battled and overcame it,” Weston Ranch coach David Hager said. “We had some guys in the lineup who are not normally in the lineup. I could not ask for more out of the effort our guys gave today.”
Tinsley was also the starting pitcher for Weston Ranch (1-4 VOL, 6-7-2 overall), striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Sophomore Gabriel Melgar took it from there, pitching out of jams in the seventh and eighth innings to earn the win.
“Rylan battled his butt off,” Hager said. “He does everything he can to be successful and put us in position to win. Defensively, we made plays and did not have any errors. Offensively, we put the ball in play, ran when necessary, got some bunts down and had good, clutch hitting.”
The Cougars never trailed and extended their early lead to 4-1 after Jadarius Enclade plated pinch-runner Amier Bowen with a squeeze bunt.
East Union (2-3, 5-8) tied it with a three-run rally in the sixth highlighted by Daniel Ruiz’s two-RBI single. Brayden Hardcastle and Jacob Souza each contributed a RBI hit.

Oakdale 4,
Manteca 1
OAKDALE — After winning 10 straight, the Buffaloes (3-2, 10-5-1) have now dropped back-to-back contests.
Oakdale (4-1, 9-7) prevailed in this pitcher’s duel, breaking out for all four of its runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jacob Solorio ignited the decisive rally with a no-out, RBI single. Winning pitcher Josh Garcia struck out seven and walked six in a combined two-hitter. Dylan Wright recorded the save.
Manteca ace Ryan Ward was replaced by Gino Campiotti after striking out four in five-plus innings. Dominic Rea slugged a homer in the seventh for the Buffaloes’ lone run. Matthew Ender’s double was their other hit.

Central Catholic 13,
Lathrop 3 (5)
LATHROP — Vince Hernandez was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle, finishing 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs for the Raiders (2-1, 8-6).
Joey Mundt added a double, two runs and two RBIs in a 2-for-3 effort. He was also the winning pitcher, striking out six in three innings.
Lathrop (0-4, 6-6-1) scored all three of its runs in the third, but Central Catholic had already done all of its damage that included a nine-run onslaught in the second. Shawn Cummings went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Matt Julien chipped in a hit and a run.

Southern League
Ripon Christian 3,
Gustine 0
GUSTINE — Jadon Vander Molen fired 12 strikeouts and walked only one batter in his two-hit gem for Ripon Christian (3-2, 6-6-1).
He spotted himself an early lead with a two-run single in the top of the third. Ian Vrieling went 2 for 3 with a run.

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