MODESTO – East Union battled back for two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday to win the Rainbow Field Pre-Season Classic with a thrilling 9-8 win over Gregori of Modesto.
“The tournament was exciting,” Lancers coach Brian Goulart said. “But the last inning of the last game was great.
“We scored two with two outs and that was the most exciting finish I have been involved with in a while.”
With two out in the bottom of the fifth and East Union (5-1) trailing 8-7, Danyelle Godoy (2 for 2, RBI, double, run) laced a double. Godoy took third on Ragan Fowzer’s sacrifice bunt and scored on freshman Savina Molina’s laser hit up the middle to tie the game.
Molina stole second and came home when Allie Tajii (3 for 4, two RBI) singled, ending the game.
“It was amazing,” Goulart said. We had freshman Allie Parker and Molina contributing greatly.
“Tajii was hurt in the first game and found herself facing an 0-2 count. She fought off three foul balls before getting the hit to center. You knew she was going to do it because she is such a great hitter.”
Danielle Ramos was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs for the Lancers.
East Union blanked Madera South 6-0 in its first game Saturday. Parker was 3 for 3 with a pair of RBI, Mackenzie Salgado went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Godoy and Ramos (RBI) each had a double.
Shelby Cefalu allowed four hits in six innings of shut-out work, striking out eight and walking one.
Lathrop (1-6) lost both of its games, 18-2 to Gustine and 29-1 to El Capitan.
Randy Watt Invitational
COLUSA – Ripon racked up 40 runs behind 55 hits in the four-game tournament, winning the championship game Saturday 11-1 in six innings over Corning at Colusa High.
“We played really well,” Indians coach Robert Vernon said. “We hit the ball hard, our pitching was good and defensively we played very clean with only two errors in four games.”
Ripon (7-0) racked up 12 hits against the Cardinals (2-2-1). Lilly Mejia was 3 for 4 for the Indians, Mackenzie Hutchinson went 2 for 2 and Avery Thomason tripled.
Ripon’s Lillian Dillard struck out six and allowed three hits.
The Indians 13-0 win over Oroville was truncated at three innings due to tournament rules. Dillard, Aracelli Gonzalez and Sydney Thomason each pitched an inning and combined for a no-hitter.
Makenna Daley (2 for 3) and Hutchinson both had a triple and Gonzalez doubled.
Freedom of Oakley 8, Sierra 1
OAKLEY – The Falcons (1-0) put up five runs in the first inning behind two home runs and never looked back in the non-league contest Saturday.
The Timberwolves (1-1) got their lone run on a bases-loaded walk to Lindsey Walljasper.
Callie Crane was 1 for 2 for Sierra and Mia Guevara and Lisette Mejia each went 1 for 3.
Walljapser pitched four innings, giving up five runs – three earned – striking out five while yielding six hits. Savanna Guzman pitched two giving up two runs on six hits with one strikeout.
“They were a good hitting team,” Timberwolves coach Vic DeAnda said. “There is nothing you can do about that, you are just going to have days like that sometimes.
“This was our first game since soccer and now we can concentrate on moving ahead.”