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Indians break out with rout of Hughson
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HUGHSON – The Ripon High baseball team cracked things open with a four-run second inning and put it away with a monstrous nine-run fifth for a Trans valley League win over the Hughson Huskies Friday.

Ripon (2-1 TVL, 4-6 overall) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard and had no problems adding to its total in the mercy-shortened contest. The Indians put together an impressive 20-hit attack and took full advantage of each of the seven Hughson miscues on the defensive end.
Ripon put all its scoring together in three frames, scoring in the second, five in the fourth and the huge fifth inning to seal it.

The Indians will try and continue a solid start to the TVL season when they play host to the Escalon Cougars Wednesday.

Oakdale 14, Lathrop 0
OAKDALE – It was all Mustangs in a lopsided Valley Oak League contest Friday.

Lathrop was only able to get one hit, an infield single from freshman Mikey Pereznegron. Pereznegron also handled the bulk of the pitching duties for the Spartan staff.

“Starting pitching is something we must work on and continue to get better at,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “We cannot afford to give free bases and we need to make adjustments at the plate as well in order to compete in this league.”

Baltazar did find something positive in the loss, seeing definite improvement in his freshman hurler.

“Mikey showed some leadership and promise on the mound,” Baltazar said. “He threw his fastball for strikes, but needs more work with his off-speed pitches. “

The Spartans will be back on the diamond Tuesday when they travel to Stockton to face McNair.

Tokay 8, East Union 1
The Lancers were only able to push one run across, getting three-hit by the visiting Tigers in a non-league loss Friday.

Tokay took the lead with a run in the opening frame, adding runs in the third and fifth innings before breaking the contest open with five runs in the sixth and seventh. The Tigers bashed East Union for 13 hits and only made one error defensively. The Lancers, on the other hand, finished with a game-costing four errors.

East Union scored its only run in the sixth when Steven Gilgi reached on an error and advanced to third on a John Ott double. Gigli would eventually come around to score on a Joe Modesto sacrifice fly.

The Lancers will be back on the diamond Monday when they travel to Sacramento for the River City Tournament. East Union will open tournament play with a 12:30 p.m. contest with Winward High of Los Angeles, followed by a 3 p.m. meeting against Bethel.

East Union 5, Tokay 4
The Lancers used every one of their 21 outs to the fullest, putting together a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh for a come-from-behind win Friday.

A walk, two hits batsmen, followed by a Brock Swift walk with the bases loaded cut a 4-1 Tokay lead to 4-2. The Tigers would hit the next two batters to tie the game and a John Ohungay grounder was misplayed, handing the Lancers the victory.

Swift finished the contest 3 for 3 with a run and two RBIs and also went four innings on the mound, surrendering two hits and no runs.

— Jagada Chambers