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Kron, Swift combine for efficient one-hitter
Lodi High’s Greg Hertzfeldt has no way to get around the tag of East Union infielder Brett Riley while on his way to second base during a non-league contest at Agostini Field Friday. - photo by HIME ROMERO
The East Union High baseball squad used a familiar recipe Friday against Lodi.

Try solid pitching, good defense, timely hitting, and aggressive base running. The result of that was a 4-0 victory over the visiting Flames in a non-league affair.

“It’s the same recipe we used in the two games we played this week,” said East Union coach Dan Triglia. “It’s (also) something good to build on this early in the season.”

The Lancers (2-0) were led by pitchers Jordan Kron and Brock Swift. The two combined on a one-hitter on just 84 pitches.

Triglia applauded the pitching efficiency.

The only hit by Lodi (1-1) was a one-out single by Ray Harbin in the fourth inning.

The Lancers had runners in scoring position in the first two innings. They squeezed out a run in the third on a throwing error.

The unearned run came after centerfielder Steven Gigli’s one-single. He moved to second on an error, and gave his team a 1-0 lead after the errant throw to third sailed into the outfield on his steal attempt.

In the fourth, East Union put together a two-out rally, scoring three times.

Teejay Gordon stole second after pinch-running for Andrew Austin, who lashed a single to set up the frame, scoring on Alex Dias’ base hit.

Dias, who moved into scoring position on a fielder’s choice, advanced to third and scored following back-to-back wild pitches.

Justin Dias, who reached base on a walk, advanced to second on Gigli’s base hit, and came home on Swift’s RBI single.

With ample run-support, Swift, who followed starter Kron in the fourth, breezed through the fifth and sixth inning. Both East Union hurlers were instructed to go primarily with just fastballs and changeups, according to Triglia.

Kron, who faced 11 batters, closed the book on his outing with a one-two-three third on just six pitches. Swift also settled into a nice groove.

“I knew I could count on my defense,” he said.

The Lancers were hardly deterred by a throwing error at third with two outs in the final frame.

From the hot corner, Kron subsequently ended the game by making a diving grab to rob Lodi of a possible hit. That play coupled with Gigli’s throw from the outfield to limit Harbin to a long single was among the defensive highlights for East Union.

In addition, second baseman Justin Dias made a nifty running grab in the sixth to prevent another Lodi hit.

Offensively, East Union collected eight hits, with Alex Dias going 2 for 4 and Gigli enjoying a 2-for-3 afternoon. Bobby Omstead, Ronnie Limas, and Swift also had singles.