Sonora High needed only two innings from its ace pitcher, Ryan Stevenson, in a 6-1 victory at Lathrop Monday.
The game was a makeup from last week’s two-game series postponed because of rain, so the short outing from Stevenson — who struck out five of the seven batters he faced — should prove valuable for the Wildcats (3-2 Valley Oak League, 11-6 overall) with a home-and-away with East Union looming.
Sonora ended up using four pitchers Monday.
Lathrop (2-3, 8-6) hung tough early on, as Rene Zuniga plated the tying run in the bottom of the third before Sonora erupted for four runs in the fourth.
Mikey Pereznegron lasted 3 1/3 innings from the mound, walking four versus three strikeouts. Austin plunk threw the final 3 2/3 in relief.
Wyatt Johnson went 2 for 4 with two RBIs to lead Sonora.
Lathrop begins its two-game set with Manteca at home Wednesday and will wrap up its series with Sonora on the road next Monday, April 23.
Manteca 4, Modesto 1
The Buffaloes got a solid outing from pitcher Nate Chivello in Monday’s nonleague contest. Chivello struck out five and scattered just three hits in a complete-game effort.
Sophomore Buddy Reeder finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored to lead the offense.
East Union 6, Manteca 0
East Union’s Joe Menzel anchored a combined two-hitter, while Trevor Huntoon (two doubles), Andrew Ruiz and Jeremy Turner (two RBIs) each rapped out two hits at Manteca.
Huntoon also pitched an inning in relief, and Kyle Austin joined in on the two-hitter.