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East Union back on track
Lancer bats come alive in drubbing of Ceres
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East Union took out a frustrating week against Sonora with a 15-3 pounding of Ceres Tuesday at Agostini Field.

The Lancers sent 15 batters to the box in an 11-run third that featured a leadoff shot from Ryan Sage, a three-run blast from Garret Fisher and 10 hits, all told.

Steve Weddington (2 for 3, 2 2B) and Marshall Swift both rapped doubles in the inning.

Jonathan Shepherd hit a two-run home run in the second.

“It was nice to see the bats come alive,” EU skipper Dan Triglia said.

Frank Bailey got the start and worked all five innings of the mercy-shortened contest.

Bailey allowed three earned on five hits with seven strikeouts.

The first pitch Bailey threw was parked by Martino Bertolotti, and Robert Cope parked a two-run shot in the top of third.

But the bombs didn’t faze the Lancer starter.

“Frank was solid,” Triglia said. “He threw well. He didn’t let the two home runs get to him. It was an outstanding effort.”

East Union (5-6 Valley Oak League, 10-9) heads to Ceres Thursday.

Central Valley 4, Sierra 3
In Ceres, the always dangerous Martin Gomez saddled the T’Wolves with a loss behind 10 strikeouts in a complete-game effort.

Jordan Louie hit a two-out RBI single in the first, Jacob Angelo scored on a wild pitch in the third, and Louie plated Sierra’s final run in the sixth on a Lukas Owens sacrifice fly.

Jacob Angelo hit a double.

Andy Scott got the start and lasted four. Jordan Ribota mopped up.

The series shifts to Sierra High Thursday.

Sonora 14, Weston Ranch 5
In south Stockton, Tyler Scharnow got the start and lasted 4 1/3, striking out four.

Antonio Joseph closed it out with three strikeouts.

Christian Vazquez and Chris Fleckenstein both went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI.

“It was a game we could’ve been in,” Cougars skipper Dave Smith said. “Sonora did a good job playing small ball. They put the pressure on us. We didn’t make the plays and good teams will capitalize on that.”

The series moves to the foothills Thursday.

— Brandon Petersen