East Union’s Zach White had a monster day at the plate and in the field Friday, leading the Lancers to an 11-1 five-inning thumping of Gregori of Modesto in non-league baseball action at Agostini Field.
“He played a very good all-around game,” East Union coach Gene Ballardo said of White. “He made a double play and a couple of diving stops and then he had the home run. He had a complete game, one of his better ones.”
White’s lead-off home run sparked a six-run third inning for the Lancers (8-2). He finished 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBI, two doubles and two runs.
In the field at shortstop, White initiated a 6-3 double play and made two highlight-reel stops he turned into outs.
“I felt the energy today,” White said. “We just came out and did our thing. I felt comfortable at the plate and in the field, you just have to do the little things first.”
In that third-inning onslaught for East Union, Scotty Armstrong (double, two RBI, two runs) belted a two-
RBI double, scoring Cameron Ceja and Samuel Nieves. Andrew Mount (two runs) scored on an error off the bat of Evan Heath with sacrifice flies by Fernando Segura (double, RBI, run) and Carlos Alvarez (double, two RBI) scoring Heath and Armstrong.
Jaydin Alvarez picked up the complete-game win, striking out five and allowing three hits. He faced the minimum through three innings due in part to picking off a base runner at first and White’s defensive prowess.
“I had great defense behind me,” Alvarez said. “Wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.
“And we hit the ball really well.”
A two-out error in the fifth inning led to a bases-loaded walk that gave the Jaguars (2-6-1) their only run to make the score 8-1.
In a three-run fifth for the Lancers that ended the game via the mercy rule, White doubled in Armstrong to bump the lead to 9-1. Pinch hitter Isaak Mora reached on a fielder’s choice — pinch hitter Andrew Olivares had reached earlier in the inning.
The fourth pinch-hitter of the frame — freshman call-up Mateo Guevara — stepped into the batter’s box with Mora on third and White on second and delivered a walk-off double to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
“You just have to be patient,” Guevara said. “You wait for your spot and play your role and hit the ball hard.”