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EU falls short in upset bid at Oakdale

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POSTED April 12, 2018 1:38 a.m.



OAKDALE — An early barrage from Oakdale and disputed rally-killing double play kept East Union from scoring a Valley Oak League upset Wednesday.

The still-undefeated Mustangs held on for a 6-2 win after plating the game’s first five runs through two innings.

“We played flawless for five innings from the third to the seventh,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said. “We stood up under the pressure today, and that’s the best we’ve played all year. It’s a loss, but I’ll take it as a definite moral victory.”

Leadoff batter Adriana Aguilar went 3 for 3 and scored a pair of runs while setting the tone for Oakdale (5-0, 12-0 overall), which also had a two-run homer from Grace Green and two-run double from Brittany Bye in the onslaught.

The Lancers (3-2, 10-4) rallied for two runs in the top of the third before controversy struck.

With runners in scoring position, pinch-hitter Ragan Fowzer ripped a shot that Oakdale’s diving left fielder could not come up with cleanly. Allie Tajii strolled home with Ally Roberts running behind her. After the play was over, the umpiring crew declared it to be a catch in left field for one out, and Roberts was forced out at second.

“It should have been a great game,” Goulart said. “It was unfortunate. That was a game-changing call.”

East Union pitcher Shelby Cefalu settled down after the rough start, striking out seven. Three of the six runs she gave up were unearned. Oakdale standout Lexi Webb scattered eight hits and struck out five.

 

Manteca 7, Kimball 4

In a game with postseason implications, the Buffaloes (4-3, 11-5) were able to avenge a previous loss to Kimball (4-4, 6-6). They’re among the five teams battling for four playoff berths in the VOL.

Kayla Ching highlighted the attack with a solo homer. Rhiannon Genilla went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Koryn Menasco finished 2 for 2 with three runs and was the winning pitcher. She was spotted a 6-1 lead after three innings. Alyssah Harnden pitched the seventh for the save.

“Very big win for our team today,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “We came out flat last time against them and it cost us. Today, our girls knew how important this game was for us and I couldn’t be more proud of how they responded.”

 

Southern League

Ripon Christian 5, Orestimba 3

RIPON — The Knights (4-1, 9-3) were not sharp but did enough to overcome three errors and the visiting Warriors (2-2, 4-7).

Madison DeGraaf struck out seven and gave up one earned run for the win. She also drove in the tying and go-ahead runs — plated by Sarah Brown and Morgan Van Elderen — with a triple in the bottom of the fifth. Elizabeth Thomas knocked her in with a fielder’s choice.

 

Freshman

East Union 9, Oakdale 3

Marisa Carranza was a double threat for the Lancers on Wednesday, picking up the complete-game victory with 12 strikeouts while going 3 for 4 with two RBI, a triple and a double. 

Heighlee Mosher (three RBI) Savannah Wilkerson (RBI) were both 2 for 4 for East Union.

Angelica Morales played excellent defense. She caught a screaming line drive at third, throwing to first for the game-ending double play.

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