MODESTO — Lathrop used a five-run rally in the third inning to break open a big lead and plated five more for good measure in the sixth in a 14-0 season-opening rout at Grace Davis.
It was more than enough support for starting pitcher Sanitago Kantun, who faced just one over the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. He got into some trouble in the bottom of the fifth when Davis’ first three batters — Dylan Camley (walked), Xavier Rodrigues (singled) and Micha Irwin (singled) —reached to load the bases with no outs.
David Lopez bailed Lathrop out of the jam in relief, striking out two of the next three batters. He allowed a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth before inducing an infield popup and fanning the final two to preserve the combined two-hit shutout.
Leadoff hitter Keenan Donatelli drove in three in his 3-for-5 effort that included a double. Johnny McCuaig (2 for 3) also drove in three runs while plating three of his own. He highlighted the Spartans’ third-inning barrage with a two-run double. Brian Baltazar scored the first run of the game in the opening frame and finished 1 for 4 with two RBIs. David Gonzales and Lopez each drove in a pair.
Weston Ranch 12,
STOCKTON — Millennium scored its only two runs in the top of the first inning, but it was all Weston Ranch from there in the five-inning drubbing. The Cougars did most of their damage in the third, amassing 11 runs.
Jordan Sevrin led the charge, going 3 for 3 with three RBIs, two steals and a double. C.J. Drain was 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs. Starting pitcher Manuel Rubio went the distance and struck out six against two walks.
Patterson 3, East Union 1
PATTERSON — Marco Gonzales fired six strikeouts while giving up an earned run on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman in his five innings on the mound for East Union. He also crushed a double for one of the Lancers’ three hits.
Mason James scored on an error to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth. Patterson responded with a game-deciding two-run bloop single to left center in the bottom half.
Livingston 10, Sierra 9
LIVINGSTON — Sierra started its season with a heartbreaking defeat, as Livingston scored the game-tying and winning runs in the bottom of seventh.
Chase Sperbeck racked up five RBIs and three hits, which included a home run and a triple.
Tokay 5, Manteca 4
Visiting Tokay held off a late-inning charge from the Buffaloes, who scored two runs in each of the sixth and seventh after falling behind 5-0.
Mitch Balmut accounted for two of Manteca’s four hits and scored twice. He also had an RBI. Jake Menasco (four innings), Andrew Brunn (two innings) and Tyler Graves-Kelso (inning) combined for seven strikeouts in a three-hitter, but four of the Tigers’ five runs were unearned.