The East Union Lancers won’t have too much time to savor their 3-1 Valley Oak League win over visiting Sierra High on Tuesday.
The two teams with identical 5-4 league marks go at it again on Thursday at the home of the Timberwolves.
“Everyone on the team contributed to this win,” said East Union coach Dan Triglia, who was pleased to see his squad finish out after grabbing the lead in the third inning.
Trevor Huntoon was plucked by a pitch with one out. He scored on a double to deep center by Jordan Kron.
Kron credited Huntoon for setting up the run. “It’s the bench guys and not the starters who are the stars (on this team),” he said.
On the mound, Kron was stellar. He scattered four hits, walked one, and fanned 12 while outdueling Sierra’s Marc Wilson.
“Marc pitched well enough to get the win,” Timberwolves coach Jack Thomson said.
Wilson allowed just three hits while striking out four.
Sierra came close to providing Wilson with some early run support. In the second inning, Joseph Collett opened with single to center. Jake Pruitt, who went 2 for 3 at the plate, followed with a base hit.
Kron got out of the jam with a strikeout and a 4-6-3 double play.
Wilson had a double to left to lead off the third, advancing to third base on a fielder’s choice, but was left stranded from there. Kron picked off a Sierra base runner at second and fanned the next batter for the third out.
East Union took a 1-0 lead on Kron’s RBI double in home half of the frame, and then added a pair of unearned runs in the fourth.
Brennan Koeller led off the inning by reaching base on a throwing error. He advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and reached third on a sacrifice fly. Anthony Flores, who doubled to plate Koeller, came home on a throwing error.
Down 3-0, Sierra got one back on an unearned run in the fifth.
Gerald Parente advanced to second on two-base throwing error, moving to third and later scoring on a fielder’s choice.
Pruitt had a bloop single to lead off the seventh and Wilson, who represented the tying run, was plucked to reach base.
But Kron closed out the game with a strikeout.
“Jordan gives us a chance to win every time he pitches,” said Triglia. “Today, he had command of his pitches – he had the fastball, slider and change of speeds working.”
Kron said he was most comfortable with his curve. But that changed once the game got going.
“Like any good pitcher, I was 100 percent confident in all of my pitches,” Kron added.