Fernando Segura led a mercy-shortened victory on Tuesday just one day after lifting East Union to an extra-inning win.
The sophomore struck out 11 of the 18 batters he faced, and he was backed by two-run homers from Andrew Morones and Brayden Hardcastle in a 10-0 trouncing of visiting Lathrop. Segura surrendered just two hits and a walk.
“Fernando really commanded his pitches and pounded the zone — he did an outstanding job,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “With 11 strikeouts in a shortened game we only had to field the ball four times and we were clean with that.”
In a Valley Oak League make-up game against Kimball on Monday, Segura preserved a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh with a diving two-out catch and later plated the winning run in the ninth.
Against Lathrop, East Union (3-2, 9-5 overall) did all of its damage in two innings, rallying for four runs in the third and six in the fourth.
Danny Marquez and Gyse Hulsebosch got the Lancers rolling with back-to-back doubles. Hardcastle drove in Hulsebosch to make it 2-0, and Morones followed with his two-run blast.
Hardcastle slugged his homer in the fourth. Jake Harries contributed a two-run single, and Morones had an RBI double.
Estevon Salazar and Matt Julien had the two hits for the Spartans (0-5, 3-10-1), who host the series finale on Thursday.
Weston Ranch 4,
Oakdale 4, del.
OAKDALE — Weston Ranch (1-2, 9-5) was three outs away from securing its first-ever win against Oakdale (6-0, 13-2), but the Mustangs were able to score the tying run in the bottom of the 13th inning. The game was suspended because of darkness. The Cougars still have to make up last Thursday’s game with Central Catholic, which was halted with a 1-1 tie after eight innings.
At Oakdale, the Cougars carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth when Oakdale tied it up. Manuel Rubio pitched the first six innings for Weston Ranch and contributed a double and a run on offense. C.J. Drain threw the next seven in relief.
Larry Martinez (triple, run), Carlos Drain (two hits, run) and James Peavey (two hits) were other key contributors.
Central Catholic 0
The Buffaloes (3-3, 11-5) spotted freshman pitcher Ryan Ward a four-run lead in the first inning.
Ward went on to strike out 12, walk two and scatter three hits over five innings. Andrew Brunn fanned four in two relief innings.
Alex Gouveia went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Presley Keltner chipped in a two-run knock.
Manteca heads to Sierra today for a make-up game.
Sierra 12, Kimball 5
TRACY — Sierra (3-1, 8-5) busted out to a 10-0 lead after exploding for six runs in the fourth, but the Jaguars (3-4, 7-6-1) were able to extend the game with five runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Jesse Babauta (three RBIs) and Hunter Frisk (double, three RBIs) both went 3 for 4. Jacob Peterson pitched a complete game for the win.
Central Catholic 6
Dylan Gross carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and tagged a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the sixth as the Buffaloes (5-2, 13-3) held on for the win.
Gross (6.1 innings, five strikeouts, four earned runs) and Manteca nursed a 2-0 lead before Central Catholic went on a five-run binge in the top of the sixth. The Buffs recaptured the lead with seven runs in the bottom half.
Relief pitcher Austin Kovacs got the two-out save.
Sierra 3, Oakdale 1 (8)
OAKDALE — Jesse Ortiz-Martinez led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a triple and scored on a passed ball. Mauricio Arnoldus then drove in Louis Aquila, who was intentionally walked, with a double for the insurance run.
The Timberwolves (5-1, 11-3) struck first in the top of the sixth when Kenny Kuwada plated Aquila with a single. Oakdale knotted it up with the seventh.