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East Union opens season with two wins
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RIVERBANK – The East Union High softball team opened its season as well as the Ceres Tournament hitting on all cylinders, handling Patterson High 3-1 before taking the nightcap from Modesto Christian 6-1 Friday at Rainbow Fields.

East Union (2-0) had a combination of dominant pitching and timely hitting to easily take care of its first two hurdles of the season.

“I think that our pitching was awesome,” Lancer head coach Brian Goulart said. “The defense played solid right behind them and we really looked good.

“It was a fun game and kind of a mid-season performance.”

Senior pitcher Kourtni McCall gave East Union its key boost, going seven innings against Patterson, striking out seven and not surrendering a walk. Jackie Ketner took the circle in the second game, holding the Crusaders to a pair of hits and sending eight players back to the dugout with strikeouts.

Offensively East Union was led by Brittany Lamar’s 3-for-4 performacne, followed by a 2-for-3 showing from Jillian Goulart. Both players also banged out two hits in the win over Patterson. Selina Tiscareno also had a multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 against Patterson. Cassie Waggy had three hits on the day, including a double and triple in the first contest.

East Union will try and close out tournament play without a loss as it meets up with Hughson and Beyer highs today at Rainbow Fields.

Manteca 10, Downey 0
Mariah Navarro pitched four scoreless innings to help Manteca cruise to an easy victory over the visiting Knights Friday.

Navarro held Downey to just two hits, while striking out four and walking three. Dallas Mould led a potent offensive attack, finish the game 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI. Selena Gonzalez went 2 for 3, scoring two runs and driving in one, while Chandler Rose had a standout performance going 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBI.

“We actually came out hitting, which is a lot better than what we did the first time around,” Manteca head coach Todd Hardcastle said. “We looked a lot better offensively and both of our pitchers threw well.

The Buffaloes (2-0) will try and make it three straight when they play host to the West High Tuesday.

— Jagada Chambers