ELK GROVE — East Union softball coach Brian Goulart suspects this won’t be the last time his Lancers will see Cosumnes Oaks this season.
Mikayla Bongi pitched a three-hitter, and Alexis Erich hammered a towering home run in the first inning in East Union’s 6-2 nonleague victory.
“That team is good,” Goulart said. “They can really throw the ball around. I think we might see them again in the playoffs.”
East Union (3-0) was challenged for the first time after blowing out its first two opponents in shutouts. Bongi struck out five in the latest win.
Izabella Owen gave the Lancers the lead for good in the top of the second with a two-run double to the wall. Haylee Agueda and Ragan Fowzer each went 2 for 3.
Lodi 8, Manteca 1
LODI — Isabella Gonzales drove in the lone run for Manteca (2-2) in the fourth inning, but the Flames (2-0) were able to get the key hits to run away with it.
Tawny Deerinck accounted for two of the Buffaloes’ seven hits, while Lodi totaled 13.
“This was one of those games where you have to tip your hat to your opponent,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “Lodi was very well coached and their kids did everything right.
“We had our chances all day but just could not put some hits together, but once gain credit Lodi for making all the plays they needed to make to keep us off the board.”
Sierra 7, Atwater 5
ATWATER — The Timberwolves (2-1) battled back from a 5-0 first-inning deficit, and Joseph Rodriguez (2 for 4) singled in Jacob Peterson (2 for 5) in the top of the sixth for the go-ahead run. Marcos Castillo drove in the insurance run.
J.T. Ortiz-Martinez and Diego Duarte contributed two hits apiece.
Lodi 17, East Union 0 (5)
LODI — Lodi (1-1) avenged Wednesday’s loss in a big way, doling out 11 doubles and 17 total hits at Zupo Field.
“They did a wonderful job putting the ball in play, and none of the 11 doubles were cheapies,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “They were hitting the ball real well today.”
The tone was set in the home half of the opening inning, when the Flames erupted for four runs behind three consecutive doubles after their first two batters were hit by pitches.
The Lancers were limited to just three hits, including a double in the second inning from Fernando Segura.
East Union 11,
Cosumnes Oaks 8
ELK GROVE — The Lancers (5-0-1) rallied back from an 8-2 deficit.
Hayley Leonard did a good job of settling things for East Union and pitched all seven innings while striking out five. She helped seal the win with a go-ahead three-run double in the sixth.
Leadoff hitter Bradee Jeffrey reached in four out of her five plate appearances and legged out a double. Nadia Cardona went 3 for 3 with two runs.