Mason James and Tyler Slaughter each hit homers for three insurance runs in the sixth, powering East Union’s baseball team to a 9-5 victory over visiting Linden on Wednesday.
James finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Slaughter also drove in a pair and went 2 for 2. Alejandro Flores added a double and three RBIs for the Lancers (2-0), who made the most of their seven hits. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second when James and Slaughter each roped a double.
East Union kept Linden (3-1-1) in the game by making four errors. Starting pitcher Andrew Morones struck out seven and gave up a hit and an unearned run over four innings. Slaughter and Anthony Contreras pitched in relief, and the trio combined for 10 strikeouts.
“It was nice for the pitchers to get 10 strikeouts, but we need to shore up the defense and not allow more at-bats and force them to make more pitches,” East Union coach Dan Triblia said.
Weston Ranch 1,
Hughson 1 (9)
HUGHSON — The Cougars (2-0-2) had a second straight game end in a draw due to darkness.
Amier Bowen forced extra innings by driving in Carlos Drain (1 for 1, three walks) with a base hit in the top of the seventh, and he pitched two hitless innings in relief and struck out three.
Sophomore Gabriel Melgar settled down after giving up Hughson’s lone run in the first, striking out five and walking one in seven innings.
“I couldn’t be happier with Melgar,” Weston Ranch coach David Melgar said. “This is big for Gabe to realize that he can compete at this level and that he’s going to get better. We’re excited about his future.”
Manteca 11, Ceres 6
After scoring no more than two runs in their first four games, the Buffaloes (1-3-1) broke out in a big way and plated seven in the third to build an 8-3 lead.
Alex Gouveia led the way, going 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Kyle Rachels went 2 for 4 with a double and was the winning pitcher. Ferrin Manuleleua was also 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Manteca had 10 different players combine for 15 hits.
Mountain House 0
LATHROP — Tyler Riggleman racked up 10 kills, three aces and seven digs, and the Spartans (4-3) rolled to a 25-13, 25-23, 25-20 victory.
Gabe Gutierrez contributed eight kills and 10 digs, Adrian Corona served four aces and Ysreal Gutierrez contributed 14 assists, 10 digs and two aces.
Ben Holt Academy 1
STOCKTON — The Indians (1-1) recorded their first win in program history, 25-14, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21.
Michael Winters led a balanced attack with 22 kills, Benson Pali pounded out 17 and Mitchell Ulrich added 13. Dylan Sexton contributed with 16 assists and 13 digs. Trent Hawes collected 17 digs.
Weston Ranch 17,
STOCKTON —Sherrie White pitched a complete game for the Cougars (1-1) and helped her cause with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate that included three walks and four RBIs.
Stephanie Barba went 2 for 3 with two walks and three RBIs. Julianna Lassiter finished 4 for 4.
Ripon Christian 259, Ripon 269
RIPON — Medalist Danton Indelicato carded an 8-over 43 to lead Ripon Christian at Spring Creek Golf & Country Club.
Brett Doek (46), Darin Doek (53), Dylan Koolhaas (54) and Alex Berghorst (63) also contributed for the Knights. Ripon scorers were Nico Ilardi (45), Aidan Nilsson (49), Cade McCusker (57), Kenny Johnson (59) and Brandan Williamson (59).
Oakdale 199, Manteca 282
OAKDALE — Oakdale’s top five players finished no worse than 41, with Ryan Meyer’s 37 leading the way.
Manteca was paced by Matsua Garcia Mendez’s 47. Marc Buenrostro (61), Adrian Gonzales (59), Isaac Bill (55) and Saleem Safi (60) rounded out the scoring.
Weston Ranch 0
STOCKTON — Weston Ranch was competitive at the bottom of the ladder.
Manteca’s Niko Plares and Ryan Foo squeaked out a 6-7(8), 6-2, 10-2 win over Alex Yang and Michael Hillier at No. 1 doubles. In the third doubles match, Julian Gosal and Inderbir Sindhu edged Harpreet Dhaliwal and Kaleb Phaysaleum, 6-3, 1-6, 10-8. No. 6 singles player Nick Pio held off Chris Ivan Onpillm, 6-3, 7-6(5).
Others contributing wins for the Buffs: Solman Aniss (6-0, 6-0), Kurtis Ma (6-1, 6-2), Kevin Lin (6-0, 6-3), DeAngelo Caldera (6-2, 6-0), Harshawn Singh (6-0, 6-1) and No. 2 doubles Ravpreet Grewal and Kayson Neduvakkattu (6-0, 6-0).