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EU takes advantage of Cougars’ mistakes

James Peavey avoids the tag of East Union catcher Andrew Mount to plate a run for Weston Ranch on Thursday.

POSTED April 13, 2018 2:09 a.m.

STOCKTON — Christmas came early for East Union on Thursday.

The Lancers scored four runs in the sixth inning Thursday without a hit, as Weston Ranch gave up over 1,000 feet with 12 free 90s between a number of walks, errors, wild pitches and passed balls. East Union then withstood a late rally for a 7-6 Valley Oak League baseball win.

“Things broke our way today,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “We got a little help, we made some of our luck but some things just went our way — we’ll take it. Weston Ranch doesn’t give in. They’re scrappy and I never felt comfortable. We are happy to get out of here with the win. 

“This was a very much-needed win. We needed to bounce back from the extra-inning loss to them on Tuesday. I like how as the game went on we had a little better approach at the plate

With one out in the Lancers sixth, Cam Ceja (2 for 3, two RBI, two runs) walked, Daniel Ruiz was hit by a pitch, and Fernando Segura and Andrew Mount both walked. All four worked their way around to score for a 7-4 lead for East Union (3-3 VOL, 6-8 overall). 

“I’m not upset,” Cougars coach Dave Hager said. “We played hard and one inning got away from us. We had a tough time throwing strikes and taking care of the baseball. We gave them free 90s and in the end that is what did us in. 

“If we had taken care of the ball just a little bit better and limited their 90s we would probably be in a different mood at the end of this game.”

Ceja helped get things moving in a three-run fourth inning with a single that scored Brayden Hardcastle and Jake Sousa. After stealing second and third, Ceja came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Ruiz to give the Lancers their first lead at 3-2. 

“At that point I thought we needed a big hit,” Ceja said. “Anything to get the job done. So, I tried to get the ball in play, square it up and get the ball on the ground because coach said we had a lot of people undercutting and popping the ball up.” 

Segura went the distance on the hill and got the win, striking out seven and allowing five hits. 

“I felt a little shaky in the beginning,” Segura said. “But I pulled through. I knew my team had my back and we got the win.”

Hardcastle was 2 for 4 with a run.

“One thing that I do that a lot of other guys don’t is have fun,” Hardcastle said. “Because you are going to fail in baseball and when that happens and you’re not having fun, it just downs you for the rest of the game and you are never going to come back. 

“If you enjoy what you are doing you will succeed — success will come your way.”

James Peavy led the game off with a double for Weston Ranch (1-5, 6-8-2) and stayed hot at the plate, going 3 for 4 with an RBI, a double, triple and three runs. 

“James Peavy, who is our center fielder, had a phenomenal series,” Hager said. “He was 5 for 7 with two doubles and two triples. In Game 1 he was a catalyst and in Game 2 he was almost a catalyst as well.

“I am very proud of the way James has matured as a player over the last four years.”

Austin Cappas doubled Peavy in and came in to score on Anthony Avelar’s single to spot the Cougars to a 2-0 first inning lead. Peavy knocked in Ja’Darius Encalade with a triple in the fifth inning and came in on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Rylan Tinsley to put Weston Ranch ahead 4-3. 

Encalade was hit by a pitch to lead off the Weston Ranch seventh and Peavy singled, giving the Cougars runners at first and second with no out. With one out, Cappas singled in Encalade and sent Peavey to third and Cappas then got caught in a rundown allowing Peavey to score, but Segura reached down deep to end the game on a strikeout



East Union 10,

Weston Ranch 3

Jaydin Vizcarra fired 11 strikeouts and surrendered three unearned runs in 4 2/3 innings and went 2 for 5 with two runs and a RBI for East Union.

Christian Cuevas threw the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out three while giving up no hits.

Scott Armstrong led the offensive onslaught, going 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. Carlos Alvarez added two doubles. Marcus Sequiera, and Dominic Valentine also had two hits each.

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