East Union continued its early season formula for success, using strong pitching and impeccable defense to remain undefeated with an 11-1 victory over visiting Franklin High Tuesday.
Starting pitcher Kelsey Emerson got the Lancers clicking with three scoreless innings of work before surrendering the reins to Haleigh Castner who held Franklin to one hit the rest of the way.
Offensively, East Union (4-0) got production from up and down the lineup, with Jordan Vinson (2-for-2), Marrissa Romero (2-for-2), Laura Gann (2-for-3) and Kailee Nuding (2-for-3) all betting multiple hits.
Freshman Tea Solario had a big hit for East Union, crushing a Yellowjacket offering for a deep solo homerun.
“I think this is a team that has a chance to really go,” Lancer head coach Brian Goulart said. “Defensively, it may be as strong as any team I’ve coached since I’ve been here.
“I am really please with how things are going for the girls early on.”
The Lancers will try and remain perfect on the young season when they host Calaveras at 4 p.m.
Manteca 10, Tokay 9 (8)
The Buffaloes fought back to tie things up in the seventh and made the trip worthwhile, scoring a run in extra innings for a 10-9 win over Tokay Tuesday.
Peyton Rose handled the pitching duties, tossing all eight innings for the Buffaloes in the win.
Freshman Annissa Gonzalez opened the bonus frame with a triple, and came around to score when Mia Ramirez stroked a base-hit to provide the difference.
“I was definitely very pleased with the girls,” Manteca head coach Corey Navarro said. “We are a very young team with one senior who is really taking on the leadership role; we have freshman who are coming through.
“I’m proud to see a young team that is capable and is going to play hard.”
Ripon 8, Ripon Christian 1
The Indians had little trouble stopping Ripon Christian, thrashing the Knights 8-1 in preseason action Tuesday.
Both Tiana Chacon and Taylor Vernon had two hits in the win and Mackenzie Gauden went the distance for the Indians, striking out 10 and walking just two. Chacon came around to score twice for the Indians as did teammate Melanie Wilkerson.
The Indians (3-1) will look for their fourth win when they take on Bret Harte beginning at 4 p.m.
East Union 14, Franklin 0
Savina Brandies tossed a four-hit shutout and both Mikayla Montiel and Destiny Flores collected two hits in the Lancers 14-0 blowout of Franklin.
Montiel was 2-for-2 in the contest and Flores finished the game 2-for-3 with a double.