Both East Union and Weston Ranch have showed glimpses of possibly being in position for a postseason berth, but Thursday the Lancers asserted themselves as the more dominant of the two, winning 9-3 in Valley Oak League play.
Kelsey Emerson went the distance for the Lancers, striking out three and holding the Cougars in check while not surrendering an earned run. Teammate Tea Solario swung the hot bat for the Lancers, going 3 for 4 with a clutch base loaded double to break the game open.
Solario came to the plate during East Union’s seven-run fifth inning and smashed a three RBI double to put East Union in front for good.
Jillian Costa and Laura Gann both were 2 for 3 in the win and Cherish Burks was 2 for 4. Costa came around to score twice, while Gann collected three RBI on two-out hits.
“We talked about this tonight, we control our own destiny,” Lancers head coach Brian Goulart said. “We absolutely have an opportunity to finish in a playoff position.
“We have to go on a roll and make sure we come out for every game geared up.”
Trans Valley League
Orestimba 13, Ripon 12
In a monstrous late-inning collapse saw Orestimba put together a six-run final at bat to come from behind and post a 13-12 TVL win over the Indians.
Orestimba jumped out on Ripon with a two-run first inning only to see Ripon answer with a three spot in the second. The Indians seemingly put the game out of reach with back-to-back three-run innings in the fourth and fifth innings, but Orestimba would answer.
They would chip away with a single run in the fifth, three more in the sixth and the back breaking six-spot in the seventh.
Nicole Kaiser was 5 for 5 for the Indians, driving in three and scoring three. Both Morgan Ormonde and Taylor Vernon collected three hits for the Indians. Tiana Chacon was 2 for 4 with four runs scored.