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Lancers crumble one out from win
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East Union High’s baseball team found itself one out away from a shutout victory over Tokay, but the Lancers could not close the door, allowing the Tigers to come clawing back for a 5-4 extra-inning loss Friday in Lodi.

The Lancers (2-2) dropped back-to-back games, squandering a golden opportunity to an inspired late-inning Tokay rally.

“It was a very good game and we played extremely well,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “We made the most out of our hits and we played great defensively.

“We got good pitching, but it just didn’t fall our way.”

Jordan Kron handled the bulk of the pitching duties, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball before giving way to the bullpen with a 4-0 lead. Kron scatterd three hits, walked a batter and struck out three for the Lancers.

East Union got on the board first when Brock Swift connected for a three-run homer in the game’s first inning. Justin Diaz and Steven Gigli came around to score and Swift would add East Union’s final run in the fifth inning.

The Lancers will try and get back on the right track Thursday when they travel to Stockton to take on the Stagg Delta Kings at 3:30 p.m.

“We’ve got to learn from it; we have to learn to finish,” Triglia said. “We had them down for 6 2/3, we just have to learn to finish that game.”

Lathrop 11, Valley 11
Lathrop was able to push across a run in the bottom of the sixth, tying up its contest with Valley High right as the game was called due to darkness.

The two clubs exchanged punches throughout the contest, with Valley jumping out with three in the first, Lathrop would answer, chipping away with a run in each of the first three frames, but Valley broke loose for another two in the third inning. Valley would tack on two more in the fourth, likely getting the Spartans’ attention.

Lathrop would score in each of the next three innings, putting up four in the fourth, three in the fifth and salvaging the tie with the one run in the sixth.

“Our biggest threat is not the opposing team, it’s ourselves,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “We placed ourselves in bad situations by not playing catch. Right now, we’re our own worst enemy.”

Edison 14, Weston Ranch 4
The Cougars remained in search of their first win, dropping their nonleague contest with Edison 14-4 in Stockton.

Weston Ranch (0-4) could not keep the Vikings off the scoreboard, surrendering the double-digit runs for the second time on the young season.

Akia Etu was the leading hitter for the Cougars, going 2-for-3 with a mammoth homerun and a double. Elias Venegas finished the game 1-for-2 with an RBI. Cameron Turner also got a hit and drove in two.

The Cougars will try and break into the win column Monday, when they kick off the McNair Tourney with a game against Delta Charter of Stockton.