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East Union shows early-season rust
Tracy takes advantage of mistakes in rout
Tracy High’s Nick Camper sneaks behind the tag of East Union infielder Brett Riley to successfully reach second base off a passed ball in Monday’s non-league contest at Agostini Field. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
It could have been the unusually cold weather, or the lack of practice time outdoors because of the recent rainstorms.

Perhaps Tracy is just that good.

Dan Triglia is hoping that it’s not because his East Union baseball team is that bad.

Whatever the reasons, the Lancers struggled in all facets of the game in Monday’s non-league contest at Agostini Field, dropping a disheartening 15-2 decision in five innings.

Tracy scored seven of its runs in the top of the fifth, and the rally was capped by a two-run homer to left from No. 9 hitter Robert Emerson.

“We could chalk it up to a bad day, but we need to take care of business that we are not taking care of right now,” Triglia said.

The good news is that the loss doesn’t count for much this early in the season for East Union (1-2), which has two more non-league games against other traditionally-tough clubs (Tokay, Escalon) and another (Chavez) that still needs to be made up.

The Lancers’ first home-and-away series against rival Manteca to start the Valley Oak League schedule is two weeks away, and if Monday is any indication they have many issues to address.

After committing five errors in an 11-8 loss at Lodi Friday, EU booted five more in Monday’s defeat.

Three of the Lancers’ four pitchers combined to hit six batters while walking six others, and Tracy (3-1) needed just eight hits.

Jacob Valdez (two runs) had four plate appearances but none were official, as he was hit three times while driving in a run with a sacrifice fly for Tracy.

East Union had its chances early to keep pace after giving up four runs in the first but left multiple runners on base in each of the first three innings.

Tracy starter Joshua Wesely struck out six, four looking, and gave up five hits and two walks. Lefty reliever James Fisher struck out the side in the fifth to end it.

“We did not do very many things correctly today from pitching, to hitting, our approach at the plate and backing up our pitcher (defensively),” Triglia said.

Frank Costa doubled to start the fourth and was driven in on Chase Agostini’s two-bagger to right center for the Lancers’ first run. Agostini was sent home on sophomore Steven Gigli’s sacrifice fly to deep right to close EU in, 8-2.

Tanner Turner was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two runs from the top of Tracy’s order. Dominic D’Souza cleared the bases with a double in the first inning, and Brandon Jossey drove in two more with a double in the fifth. Clean-up batter Ricky Dias drove in two, legged out a double and plated three runs.  

“We did not show up to the yard today,” Triglia said. “From that standpoint we have a lot to work on mentally to come out here and be competitive against a very good program.

“We need to try and continue to improve in all aspects of the game.”