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Lathrop 2nd in Edison tourney
Spartans softball defeated by hosts in title showdown
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The Lathrop softball team proudly displays its second-place trophy won Saturday in the Edison Tournament. - photo by Photo Contributed

 STOCKTON – Lathrop brought home the second-place trophy from the Edison Softball Tournament, dropping the championship game to the host Vikings 7-2 on Saturday.

 Cienna Duenez and Hailey Hunter were both 1 for 2 with an RBI for the Spartans (2-6). Jailyn Annese was 1 for 1 and Emma Grisham and Alina Fuentes both went 1 for 2.

 In the semifinal contest Lathrop hammered Langston Hughes Academy of Stockton 15-5. The Spartans bats were on fire with Annese (three RBI, three runs), Grisham (two RBI, three runs), Julie Odom (two RBI, two runs) and Isabel Terra (triple, three runs) all going 3 for 3. Lyllianna Avila knocked in three runs, going 2 for 2 with a run and Duenez was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run.

 Zaiba Fazli pitched the Spartans to a 4-0 win over Delhi to start the tournament. Fazli notched the complete-game shutout, allowing seven hits in the first win of the season for Lathrop. Terra was 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run and Fuentes went 2 for 3 with an RBI, double and a run scored.


Ripon 17, Tokay 6 (6)

 STOCKTON – The Indians (7-0) took an early lead only to let the Tigers (3-4) get back into the game before Ripon pulled way for the mercy rule win at Arnaiz Field. 

 “It was another ugly win,” Indians coach Robert Vernon said. “We got a 7-1 lead and gave up five runs in the fourth to let them back into it.

 “It was a game up until the fourth inning and then we scored 10 more to end it. 

 Ripon found the doubles’ alley at Arnaiz, rapping out six with Sydney Vernon (2 for 5, two RBI, run) getting two two-baggers and Lilly Mejia (3 for 5, four RBI, two runs), Madison Rodrigues (2 for 2, two RBI, run), (Makenna Daley 2 for 5, two RBI, run) and Mackenzie Hutchinson (3 for 5, RBI, two runs) getting one double each. 

 Rhylee Magazinovic scored four runs, going 3 for 3 with three RBI and Bianca Toledo added two RBI. 


 Christian Brothers 8, Manteca 0

 SACRAMENTO – The Falcons (4-2-1) of Sacramento used a seven-run third inning in blanking the Buffaloes (3-3).

 “We came out super, super flat,” Buffaloes coach Josh Farris said. “They didn’t have a dominant pitcher we were just flat.

 “We have league to look forward to on Thursday and hopefully this trend won’t continue.”

 Bella Gonzales doubled for Manteca.



Ripon Christian 18, 

Delhi 1

 The Knights used a 13-run first inning on the way to their resounding Southern League opening victory.

 “The boys came out on fire,” Ripon Christian coach John De Visser said. “We have had five games in seven days and the bats are consistently getting better. I am really pretty pleased with how we are playing, especially offensively.

 “Defensively we have some kinks to work out but we really haven’t had a chance to practice much.”

 Dale Fisher (2 for 4, two runs) knocked in four runs for the Knights (1-0 SL, 5-3 overall). Caleb Terpsma (3 for 5, two runs) and Nolan Lingley (2 for 4, four runs) added three RBI each, Declan VanVuren (3 for 3, two runs) had two RB I and Joseph DeBruyn (2 for 3, three runs) added one RBI.

 Weston Ranch 11, Orestimba 3

 NEWMAN – Gabriel Melgar kept the Cougars (6-2) in the game until their bats came to, picking up the complete game road win in non-league action.

 “We played really well today,” Weston Ranch coach David Hager said. “We came out a little flat but Gabriel (Melgar) did what he always does which is throw strikes and pound the zone. He just keeps getting better and better. “

 Melgar finished with eight strikeouts, a walk and seven hits.

 The Warriors (2-8) kept the Cougars off the board for three innings, but then the Weston Ranch bats woke up. Isaiah Maxie (2 for 4) drove in five runs behind a home run and a double. Amir Bowen (3 for 3, double, two RBI, two runs), Anthony Faulk (2 for 2, run, two walks), Austin Cappas (triple, two RBI, two runs), Carlos Drain (two runs) and David Baca (run, two stolen bases, two walks) rounded out the Weston Ranch attack.



Oakdale 8, East Union 1

 Tarunjit Singh got the lone win for the Lancers in the Valley Oak League makeup match, defeating Jimmy Holmes in the No. 5 match, 6-7 (8-6), 6-2.

 In the No. 6 match, East Union’s Daniel Ngo took Shiva Mistry to three sets before Mistry won 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.


Junior Varsity Baseball

Sierra 9, Lodi 8

 Sonny Elder laced a bases-loaded walk-off single for the Timberwolves. 

 Elder went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI and picked up eight strikeouts in the game’s first four innings. Brendan Rapisura picked up the win, closing out the final three innings with six strikeouts. 

 Rapisura had the big bat as well, going 3 for 4 with a double and two runs. Caleb Perles was 2 for 2.