Marshall Swift and Dennis Johnson combined for a three-hit, nine-strikeout gem, and the Lancers amassed 10 runs in the first two innings en route to crushing Patterson 13-1 at Agostini Field Monday.
It was a great start to what will be a busy week for East Union (3-0), which has four games this week.
With Swift’s short start (three IP) and Johnson’s effectiveness (five strikeouts in two innings), the Lancers shouldn’t be short on pitching.
“That’s real big for us, because we’re obviously going to need the arms this week,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said.
Wade Morten continued his hot start to the season, going 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. Jordan Clark (2 for 3), John Ott (2B) and Garrett Fisher (2B) also drove in two runs apiece.
After beating up on three winless teams that are a combined 0-10, East Union expects to see a step up in competition with Lodi at home today, Tracy on the road Wednesday and Tokay at Stockton’s Billy Hebert Field Friday to wrap up its preseason.
Tracy of the San Joaquin Athletic Association is currently 5-1, with its only loss coming against Oakland-based powerhouse Bishop O’Dowd.
“That’s what we’re looking forward to going into (Valley Oak) league,” Triglia said. “Those teams are going to put us in situations we know we’re going to see in league.”
Sophomore Matt Burrows led Manteca with a 4-for-4 effort that included three RBIs. Sam Jorgensen went 2 for 4 with a steal and two runs, and Kevin Allen drove in three runs.
Manteca next hosts Trans Valley League juggernaut (6-0) Escalon today, 3:30 p.m. at home. It will be a rematch of Saturday’s Walker Vick Tournament championship game, which Escalon won, 9-6.
At Weston Ranch, Antonio Joseph (2 for 4, three RBIs) clinched the Cougars’ first victory of the season with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fifth to finish it.
Michael Piccirilli was 3 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs; and John Colon finished.
Chris Fleckenstein was outstanding from the mound, as he fanned nine batters and walked two.
“It all starts on the mound,” Weston Ranch coach Dave Smith said. “Chris did a good job of challenging hitters, and the defense made the plays behind him.”
Weston Ranch (1-4) looks to sweep McNair (1-2) on the road Friday in its final preseason tune-up.
In Gustine Saturday, the Knights (2-3) used five different pitchers and had back-to-back homers from Matt Unruh and Arie den Dulk in the sixth inning to go ahead.
Clayton Prins, the winning pitcher after throwing the final two innings, was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Ripon Christian opens Trans Valley League action at home Wednesday, 4 p.m. against defending champion and 2008 Sac-Joaquin Section Division V finalist Hughson.