Zac Carrillo overcame a spotty start on the mound, and Steven Gigli helped East Union’s pitcher by swatting two home runs in a 12-5 comeback win over Lodi Monday at Agostini Field.
Carrillo gave up four runs (three earned) in the top of the first inning but settled down for the remainder of his four innings on the bump. He allowed the first four Lodi batters to reach (walk, hit by pitch, double, single) and got the first out with a sacrifice fly. Carrillo finished with four strikeouts, and Justin Nieto (unearned run, two hits, four strikeouts) pitched the final three innings.
The Lancers (5-2) rallied for four runs in the bottom half and five more in the second frame to jump ahead for good.
Gigli crushed his first homer, a three-run shot, in the second. He then launched a towering shot over the left field fence to finish with four RBIs in a 2-for-3 effort.
East Union doled out a season-high 15 hits.
Jordan Kron continued his early-season tear with a 3-for-4 performance that includes a two-run double in the second inning. Brock Swift was a perfect 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Carrillo went 2 for 3 and knocked in two runs to aid his cause.
“We really hit the ball well today 1 through 9, which we haven’t been able to do,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “It’s nice to see that because the middle of the order has been carrying us.”
The Lancers next face Tokay at Zupo Field Wednesday starting at 6. They previously downed the Tigers at home 7-5 last Friday.
Sierra 22, Grace Davis 2
What started out as a slugfest quickly turned into a one-sided affair as the Timberwolves (5-1) hammered out 17 hits in their opening game of the McNair Tournament.
Tied at 2 in the early going, Sierra broke it open with 12 runs in the second inning and eight more over the next two.
John Waggy drove in six runs and went 3 for 5. Jason Angelo and Joseph Collett also chipped in three hits apiece, while Rodrigo Contreras and Dakota Conners each had two.
Starting pitcher Mark Crain and reliever Mike Leland combined efforts on the mound.
Sierra continues tournament action with a double header Wednesday against Edison (10 a.m.) and Gregori (4 p.m.).
Lathrop 7, Riverbank 0
Mikey Pereznegron (four strikeouts in three innings), Austin Plunk and Preston Rizo combined for a three-hitter as the Spartans (4-3) improved to one game over .500.
Pereznegron was also 2 for 3 with two runs and two steals on offense. Jared Weiler legged out a double, and Marcus Mertillen and Plunk each contributed an RBI base hit.
“It’s always a good feeling when everyone has a chance to contribute in a win, and that’s what the kids did today,” Lathrop coach Randy Baltazar said. “Our pitchers were able to get ahead, which helped our defensive awareness. And our bats were able to put some runs on the board as well. Solid team win.”
Hughson 6, Ripon Christian 2
The visiting Huskies (2-5) used a four-run sixth inning to increase their early lead to 6-0.
Ripon Christian (0-5-1) didn’t score until the sixth, when it plated both of its runs. Dominic Nelson drove in one of those runs with a double and plated the other. Jon Vander Molen went 2 for 4.