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Bruins rally late to beat Lathrop
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Opening the contest by jumping on its opponents first has not been the case for Lathrop High, but the Spartans were able to do just that against Bear Creek yet could not keep pace in a 14-4 non-league baseball loss to the Bruins Friday.

Lathrop got on the assault quickly, getting a walk and a base hit out of its first two batters and a timely base hit from Gabriel Castellanos for a quick 2-0 lead. The Spartans would strike again in the second, when Jared Weiler cashed in with a bases loaded single and Divoe Santos scored right after on a wild pitch.

Things went amuck for the Spartans from that point on, surrendering four runs to the Bruins in the bottom of the third. Things really got out of control in the sixth, when Bear Creek pushed across nine runs, ending the contest.

Michael Pereznegron went 2-for-3 driving in a run and scoring one, while Castellanos also finished the game 2-for-3 with the first inning RBI. Weiler was 1-for-3 witn a run and a RBI, and Oscar Calix hit a double in one of his two at bat’s and scored a run.

Castellanos got the start for the Spartans and went 3 1/3, striking out five and scattering three hits. Calix came on in relief and surrendered four earned runs while striking out four.

Lathrop will open the Valley Oak League schedule by hosting the Sierra Timberwolves. The two clubs will begin VOL play Wednesday at 4 p.m.

East Union 2, Stagg 0 (DH)
Jesus Esquivel and Anthony Flores combined for a no-hitter Game 1 of Thursday’s double-header in Stockton.

Esquivel worked six innings from the mound and struck out 13 batters while walking two. Flores fanned two for the save.

East Union scored both runs in the fourth. Anthony Flores sparked the rally with a double, and Sam Robinson and Kyle Adriaens later belted run-scoring singles.

Stagg 2, East Union 1 (DH)
The Squires (3-3) settled for a split in controversial fashion.

With runners on the corners, East Union thought it got the final out at first base in the bottom of the seventh, but the runner was called safe. The run scored from third.

It was otherwise another fine outing for East Union from the mound. Justin Nieto scattered four hits and gave up a run while striking out eight in five innings. Jacob Danhoff took the hard-luck loss, throwing 1 2/3 innings to go with four strikeouts.

Jesus Esquivel was 2 for 3 offensively.

East Union wraps up the preseason Tuesday against visiting Escalon before starting Valley Oak League play at Oakdale Wednesday.