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East Union shuts out Millennium in postseason tune-up
East Union’s Izzie Owen looks to slide under the tag of Millennium shortstop Katie Chambers on a steal attempt at second. - photo by WAYNE THALLANDER/ For the Bulletin


East Union put up three runs in the first inning Friday and another three in the sixth on the way to a 7-0 non-league win over visiting Millennium of Tracy at the Northgate Softball Complex.

Allie Tajii had the hot bat for the Lancers (18-7). She reached base four times, going 3 for 3 with a walk, scoring twice.

"I haven’t been hitting too hot,” Tajii said. “So I was really focused and I really wanted to hit today and put the ball in play.

“Their pitcher was working them in and out and I was kind of anticipating.”

Izzie Owen (2 for 4, run, two stolen bases) led the game off for East Union with a bunt single, stole second and took third on a single by Tajii. A pair of fielder’s choices by Allie Parker and Mackenzie Salgado got Owen out af the plate and left the bases loaded with Tajii on third.

Danielle Ramos belted a two-RBI double to plate Tajii and Parker and Salgado scooted home on a throwing error for a 3-0 lead.

“That pitch was right there,” Ramos said. “I have been kind of hitting on and off recently so that felt good to get a solid hit and start a rally.”

Parker hit a sacrifice fly to score Tajii in the fifth and a single that scored Owen in the sixth. Also in the sixth, Owen singled in Chloe Agueda and Ragan Fowzer singled and came around to score on an error.

Hayley Leonard went the first three innings in the circle for East Union, striking out four and allowing four hits. Shelby Cefalu went the rest of the way, also striking out four while allowing two hits. 

The Falcons (19-6) were led by Grace Hosman, who went 2 for 3.

Millennium left 10 runners stranded, eight in scoring position.

The Lancers open the Sac Joaquin Section Division III playoffs Monday as the No. 7 seed, hosting No. 10 Yuba City at the Northgate Softball Complex at 4:30 p.m. 

“More than anything I just want to go play on Monday with enthusiasm, excitement and the honoring of the game,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said. “That means play as hard as you can, be excited, be a good teammate, cheer for the players on the field – I just want to see all that happen because that could be our final game of the year.

“If we win or lose on Monday I want to see it with a championship effort, enthusiasm and teammate attitude.”