LATHROP — Lathrop’s first four batters reached in the bottom of the seventh, but visiting Chavez was able to limit the damage for a 9-7 nonleague baseball win on Friday.
Trailing 9-4, Matt Julien got the Spartans (3-3-1) started with a leadoff walk, and David Gonzalez followed with a double. Chase Hayes (2 for 3, two runs, two RBIs) drove them both in with a single, and Johnny McCuaig continued the rally with a base hit of his own. Estevon Salazar (4 for 4, double, three RBIs) knocked in Hayes with a single, but Chavez closer Andrew welch was able to end it with an infield popup on the next batter.
Titans starter Elijah Galindo threw 103 pitches and was replaced after 6 1/3 innings. He was able to right the ship after a rough beginning and threw perfect fourth and fifth innings. Chavez (4-3) took the lead in the fifth on a double from Johnny Monsivais (three runs, three RBIs), and he was driven in by Sergio Dennis. Dennis came through again in the sixth with an RBI double that highlighted a four-run rally. The Titans were aided by three errors in the inning.
“Today’s game was a battle of wills and they wanted it more than we did,” Lathrop coach Randy Baltazar said. “Their starter did enough, especially in the fourth and fifth innings to gain momentum for Chavez. Playing catch is the name of the game, especially in a close game. We cannot make three errors and expect something good to come of it.”
Lathrop 25, Mtn. House 24
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The host Mustangs (1-6) were able to scratch across seven runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as Lathrop (3-4) — which led 8-0 after the top half of the first — held on for the win on Tuesday.
Lathrop’s Joselyn Hurtado was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, going 4 for 6 with eight RBIs. Adelina Moreno (3 for 4, double, two RBIs), Brittany Johnson (2 for 4, two doubles, three RBIs) and Cydney Garcia (home run, four RBIs) were other offensive standouts.
Tracy 5, East Union 1
TRACY — East Union (8-1) committed five errors that led to four unearned runs in its first setback of the season.
Kristina Mojica went 2 for 3, and Alexis Erich drove in the Lancers’ lone run in the top of the third. Tracy (7-1) plated all of its runs in the first three innings.
Sierra 83, Kimball 68
RIPON — Nicholas Brink won the 200-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke and was part of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays as the defending Valley Oak League champion Timberwolves split their three-way meet at Ripon on Thursday
Eric Enriquez contributed a win in the 100 butterfly, and David Tolman took first in the 100 breaststroke. They were also on the relay teams.
Kimball 106, Sierra 56
RIPON — Meghan Tolman was victorious in the 200 individual medley and 100 breast, while Ashley Green won the 100 backstroke.
Kimball 7 East Union 2
East Union’s Jake Kramer defeated Sahil Thakur 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match, while No. 2 Hector Romero prevailed 6-3, 0-6, 12-10.
Matthew Vadachira (1-6, 6-1, 6-10) and Ryan Austin (2-6, 5-7) lost competitive matches. The Lancers forfeited all three doubles contests.
Weston Ranch 0 (5)
Maya Muschott and Daisy Morales each had a home run, and Alley Ordaz struck out seven to power the Timberwolves.
Mimi Perez, Eryn Scott, Tayler Perez and Angelica De Vila scored runs.