PITTSBURG – Andrew Morones had a standout day for East Union at the plate and on the bump in a 2-0 non-league baseball win over host Pittsburg on Saturday.
Morones picked up the complete-game shutout, fanning 15 and allowing just one hit. He added to the offense, going 2 for 3 with an RBI triple. Zach White was also 2 for 3, belting a double and scoring a run to help the Lancers improve to 4-1.
“It was a good team win with solid defense and timely hitting,” Lancers coach Gene Ballardo said. “Whenever you go to the Bay Area you expect some good competition and it is always nice to come back with the win.”
Golden Valley 1
TURLOCK – With runners on first and second for the Cougars (1-5) of Merced in the seventh inning and one out, Timberwolves shortstop Jesse Ortiz-Martinez made a circus catch on a line drive and doubled up the runner at second to end the game and give Sierra (4-0-1) a 2-0 record in the round-robin Pedretti Tournament.
Slyder Blyth was dominant on the hill for the Timberwolves, throwing just 50 pitches through four shutout innings, striking out four and allowing just two hits.
Sierra’s Julian Cantu got his sixth hit in two days, going 3 for 4 while knocking in two runs. Ortiz-Martinez (double) and Steven Eaves each knocked in a run.
The Timberwolves put up four runs in the second inning.
“It was a really clean win for us,” Sierra coach Travis Thomson said. “We jumped out to an early lead and it was a whole team effort.”
Mountain House 11,
Ripon 6 (8)
After the Indians (2-1) tied up the game in the bottom of the seventh they issued five walks and hit a batter in the eighth which sparked a five-run frame for the Mustangs (3-2).
“It was a rough game, a learning game,” Ripon coach Jacob Rodriguez said. “We started four freshmen and a sophomore and we will get better.”
Gerald Nix knocked in two runs for the Indians, going 2 for 4 with a double. Brandon Molthen also doubled, knocking in a run and going 3 for 4. Nethanial Stum added two RBI.
Pittsburg 10, East Union 7
The Lancers managed just one run through four innings before tallying six in the next two innings, but the comeback effort fell short.
Austin Orr had the big bat for East Union, going 3 for 4 with a triple, double, an RBI and two runs. Mateo Guevara was 2 for 3 with two RBI, a double and a run and John Perazzo and Zak McCasland each had an RBI.