East Union used a complete-game effort from Jordan Kron to cruise to a Valley Oak League win over Lathrop Wednesday, 8-1.
Kron went the distance, striking out three and holding the Spartans to five hits. East Union struck first with a run in the third, but put the game away with a five-run East Union fifth inning. Brock Swift had the big hit, stroking a bases loaded triple to spark the Lancer offense.
The Spartans were right there for the better part of five innings, going into that pivotal fifth inning with a feasible 1-0 deficit.
“I’m proud of how our kids played today,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “They fought against a really good ball club and for us to play good baseball against them shows the progress and this need to be a confidence booster.”
Ernie Garcia hit a double for Lathrop, and Jared Weiler was 1 for 4 with the Spartans’ only run.
Sierra 11, Kimball 1
Mark Crain tossed a complete-game four-hitter to lead Sierra over Kimball in a mercy-rule shortened affair.
Crain tossed six innings for the win, surrendering just the four hits while striking out seven and walking two. Both Ryan Vasquez and Dominic Alejandre belted clutch two out, two RBI hits and Marc Wilson sealed the deal with his second 2-run double in the sixth inning.
John Waggy went 2 for 3 and Alejandre was 3 for 3 with three RBI.
Oakdale 17, Weston Ranch 0
The Cougars had their second disappointing opening to a home-home VOL series, getting banged by Oakdale 17-0 Wednesday.
Weston Ranch was held to two hits, but lessened its chances when the Mustangs came out and scored nine in the first inning to put it away.
The two clubs will meet again at 4 p.m. with the Cougars likely starting ace pitcher Tyler Scharnow.
East Union 12, Lathrop 4
The Lancers had an easy VOL win Wednesday, beating the Spartans by eight.
Trevor Huntoon went 3 for 5 with a pair of RBI and Kyle Austin was 4 for 4 and drove in three.
Huntoon also went the distance for East Union, striking out four and scattering four hits.