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EU baseball holds off Patterson
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An error-free defensive effort helped East Union’s baseball team stave off Patterson 6-5 in its season opener Saturday at Agostini Field.

With East Union (1-0) leading 3-1 in the fifth, third baseman Jacob Sousa turned a big double play after the Tigers had loaded the bases and scratched across their first run of the game. Patterson rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh, but Mark Rodriguez induced an infield popup for the final out and the save with the tying run on second.

“We played solid defense for our first game, and hopefully that’s something we can continue to do,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said.

The Lancers tacked on what ended up being three much-needed insurance runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 6-1. Alejandro Flores knocked in Fernando Segura and Sousa with a single. Sousa finished 2 for 3 with two runs, and Danny Marquez contributed a double.

Tyrus Slaughter got the win in his four-inning start. He struck out two and gave up two hits and a walk. Gyse Hulsebosch pitched an inning in relief. 

East Union next faces Lodi in a home-and-home series starting Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. at Agostini Field. They’ll do it again Friday at Lodi’s Zupo Field.



Manteca 14, Chavez 3 (5)

The Buffaloes exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning Saturday before the game ended via the mercy rule in the fifth.

Koryn Menasco went the distance inside the circle for Manteca (1-0), sprinkling five hits over the five innings. 

Haighley Kissee led the Buffaloes at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a double and a pair of RBI. Ashley Pease went 2 for 2 and Kaylee MacDannald tripled and scored three runs. 

“We had eight of our nine batters earn a hit and we made no errors which is usually going to lead to a successful day,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “This was definitely a solid team win to get the season started.”



John Montano Invitational 

MERCED – Christian Guzman is off to a strong start.

The Lathrop High junior and 2015 Valley Oak League MVP finished 1-over 73 at Merced Golf & Country Club to win the individual title. Oakdale’s David Myrtakis was the runner-up with a 79, and Turlock claimed the team championship.

Lathrop opens VOL play at Oakdale on Wednesday.


Sophomore baseball

East Union 14,

Patterson 4 (6)

The Lancers lit up the Tigers for four home runs on Saturday.

Josh Grabowski (2 for 3, double) and Evan Heath (4 for 5, double, three runs) hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to end the game via the mercy rule. Jose Alaniz (2 for 3, double), and Logan Harries each added a home run while Ty Harper was 2 for 4 with a double and a run and Daniel Ruiz scored three runs.

Grabowski, Harries, Sammy Nieves, Austin Blair and Daniel Ruiz combined on the hill for East Union to shut down Patterson. Gary Anderson had an outstanding play from center for the Lancers to cut down a runner at the plate. 


Sophomore softball

East Union Showcase

Tournament host East Union salvaged a tie against Ripon to start its day Saturday at Northgate Park.

The Lancers scored all seven of their runs in the third inning, getting two-run doubles from Callie Blevins Bonder and Chloe Agueda. 

East Union bounced back and shut out Kimball, 5-0. Taylor Campbell (triple) and Makenzie Salgado (RBI) each went 2 for 2, and Kennedy Goodnough roped a two-run triple.


Freshman softball

East Union Showcase

The Lancers swept past all four of their opponents Saturday.

Pitchers Karis Madrid and Katlyn Leal allowed just four total hits. The offense was paced by Cynthia Romero (6 for 12), Ashley Gray (3 for 7), Ashley Martin (4 for 8), Leal (4 for 8) and Madrid (4 for 8).