TRACY — After getting shut out by Kimball on Wednesday, East Union’s offensive busted out in a big way during a 13-8 victory on Friday.
The Lancers doled out a season-high 16 hits, four of which went for doubles and one for a triple. The 13-run outburst was also a season-high.
East Union (3-3 Valley Oak League, 6-9 overall) had lost three of its last four and scored no more than three runs in a single game during that stretch.
“Today, we just kept on battling, kept on putting the ball in play and it was nice to put up some crooked numbers,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “We had a really good approach at the plate and I thought the guys were very disciplined in waiting for their pitch. We haven’t put up 16 hits in quite a long time.”
East Union broke it open with an eight-run third inning. Eric Flores (three runs) and Gyse Hulsebosch (2 for 5) had back-to-back doubles in the barrage, Marco Gonzales (2 for 4, three RBIs) belted an RBI triple and Adrian Sevier-Affelje (3 for 4, four RBIs) added a bases-clearing double.
Others contributing to the hit parade were Brayden Hardcastle (2 for 4, RBI), Mason James (2 for 3, three runs) and Lucas Dias (3 for 3, double, RBI).
Sevier-Affelje was the winning pitcher, scattering eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up eight runs, though only two were earned. East Union had four errors on defense. Hulsebosch closed out the contest in relief.
Central Catholic 10, Weston Ranch 7
STOCKTON — Central Catholic (4-2, 10-8) emerged from its series sweep alone in second place in the VOL, with three teams trailing the Raiders by a game.
They took the lead for good with a five-run third inning in which Austin Escobar and Sam Mundt smashed back-to-back triples. Joseph Mundt finished with three doubles, and Central Catholic totaled 11 hits.
Carlos Drain (two RBIs) and Josh Dilg (double) each roped a pair of hits to lead Weston Ranch (2-4, 13-5), which has dropped four straight. C.J. Drain (two walks, three runs), Manuel Rubio (triple, two runs), Jordan Severin (RBI single) and Rylan Tinsley (RBI double) chipped in with a hit apiece.
Oakdale 11, Lathrop 1
LATHROP — Oakdale (3-3, 12-6) once again rallied in the final inning for a lopsided win, this time scratching across six in the seventh. Ben Solorio, who finished 3 for 5, capped the onslaught with a two-run double.
Michael Juarez had five strikeouts over six innings in a combined four-hitter for Oakdale. Albert Flores went 2 for 2 and drove in Ross Tisdell in the third for Lathrop’s only run. The Spartans fell to 1-5 in the VOL, 4-8-1 overall.
Ripon 7, Escalon 3
ESCALON — Shay Furtado (2 for 4) crushed a three-run homer in the top of the seventh to put Ripon (2-0, 10-3 overall) up for good, and Sacramento State-bound pitcher Danielle Sperry kept two runners from scoring in the bottom half in this showdown of Trans-Valley League rivals.
Sperry finished with eight strikeouts and two walks while scattering nine hits. Escalon’s Chardae Hoskins fanned seven in a five-hitter but also walked five.
Sierra 77, Manteca 58
The Timberwolves (5-0) remain on pace to win the VOL championship after holding off visiting Manteca on Thursday. Kyle Wesley came through with wins in the 100, 200 and triple jump.
Also undefeated, the Sierra frosh-soph boys team won 89-38 behind multi-event winner David Correa (400, 800).
Sierra 107, Manteca 28
Megan Oblin took first in the 800 and 1,600, while McKenna Albrecht took the shot put and discus throw. Sierra (3-2) swept multiple events in the landslide victory.
Sierra’s frosh-soph girls (4-1) were led by Malia Myers (long, triple jumps), Laica Marte (200, 400) and Jessica Guzman (800, mile).
Manteca 10, Sierra 9
The Buffaloes completed the sweep with a come-from-behind rally in the top of the seventh inning.
J.T. Ortiz-Martinez spearheaded Sierra with a 3-for-5 effort. David Reyes (hit, two walks, hit by pitch) and Kenny Wade (hit, two walks, hit by pitch) both reached base four times.
Pitcher Jared Bagley scattered six hits, struck out five and walked three in five innings.
East Union 7, Atwater 6
McKenna Hoppis and Isabel Moreno were each 2 for 3 as the Lancers held on to win the nonleague matchup and improve to 12-2.