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Emmerson powers EU sophs with five RBIs
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Kelsey Emmerson was at her best with the bases loaded.

The East Union slugger cleared the bases with a double in the third to give the Squires a lead they did not relinquish in their 8-5 sophomore softball victory at Sierra Friday.

Emmerson also had a two-run, bases-loaded single in the fifth to extend East Union’s lead to 6-2. She finished with five RBIs to high-light a 3-for-4 effort.

Jessica Lavoie was also 3 for 4 for East Union (3-2 Valley Oak League, 8-5 overall). Dana Tirnetta finished 2 for 3, and Cherisse Martin 2 for 4.

Winning pitcher Jackie Ketner gave up five hits and five walks while striking out five in seven innings.

East Union got big defensive plays from its outfielders, with Rachel Hoppis making a shoe-string catch in right center and Tirnetta throwing out a runner at first.

“Our girls played well,” East Union coach Ronnie Tiscareno said. “I’m really happy with the performance today after struggling in our last few games.”

Sierra hurler battled tough from the circle, yielding eight hits and two walks and striking out nine. Only two of her eight runs were earned, as Sierra (2-2, 7-4-1) committed five errors.

“You can’t give up extra at-bats to good teams like East Union,” Sierra coach Bill Faulkner said.

Chelsea Bereta (two RBIs), Michaela Granada (2B), Alysia Atkins (run, two SBs) and Allison Smith (RBI) each had a hit for the Timberwolves, who host Manteca Wednesday.

Manteca 6, Weston Ranch 4
At Lincoln Park, Danielle Deerinck fanned 13 batters to propel the Buffaloes to their fourth straight VOL win.

Savannah Reed was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Tara Dadasovich (RBI) and Rochelle Perez each rapped out a double.

East Union 23, Pitman 3
In Turlock, the Pages (3-0, 12-0) backed pitcher Amanda Faulkner with 21 hits on offense, and their ace struck out 14 in a one-hit gem to keep the team undefeated.

Alisya Hoffman and Marcie Flores were each 2 for 2 with two RBIs.

East Union 2, Sonora 0
At Dino Cunial Field Thursday, Kelsey Gormley recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Squires.

Stephanee Sabala chipped in a goal, and Jagjeet Dhillon assisted Gormley’s score. Ashley Espericueta finished with seven saves at goal.
— Jonamar Jacinto