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Lathrop tops Chavez in thriller
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Lathrop capped its Spartan Tournament on Saturday with a thrilling 8-7 win in eight innings over Chavez-Stockton at Lathrop High.

After the Titans (1-4) tied the game in the top of the seventh at 7-7, Ross Tisdell had a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth for the Spartans and took second on a balk. David Gonzalez then singled on a 3-1 offering, plating Tisdell for the walk-off win.

“It was an up-and-down roller coaster,” Lathrop coach Randy Baltazar said. “We did not play our best game against Chavez.”

The Spartans took advantage of Chavez miscues in the sixth inning and scored four runs. An error and two walks loaded the bases for Tisdell (2 for 3, two RBI) who plated two more on an error. Gonzalez (3 for 4, three RBI) then gave a preview of things to come when he singled in Tisdell for the first time.

“Once we got guys on in the sixth, we knew we would do well if we could just get it in play,” Baltazar said.   

The Spartans lost the first game 13-3 to Argonaut (2-3).



East Union 18, Gregori 16

After leading 12-1, the Lancers scored three in the seventh Friday at Gregori to regain the lead and held it for the last frame.

“After getting beat so badly (17-1 to Tracy) on Thursday it was awesome to see the kids rally together the way they did,” East Union coach Carlos Herrera said. “They came out on Friday and played for each other and grew as a team.

“We still made some mistakes in the field and had a few mental mistakes but over all very happy with how we played and the best part about the mistakes we made is that they are all fixable and we intend to fix them and be ready to roll.”

Brayden Hardcastle led the Lancers attack, going 5 for 5 with two doubles and two triples with seven RBI and four runs. Tyler Slaughter was 3 for 4 with a sacrifice fly and four RBI and three runs. Jacob Garcia was 2 for 4 with four runs.  

Tracy 17, East Union 1

The Lancers yielded six runs in the first inning Thursday on the road.

“As a team we did not play well enough to win,” Herrera said. “And when you play a team like Tracy you have to bring your ‘A’ game or it can get ugly quick, which it did.”  

Alejandro Flores (run) and Slaughter singled for East Union.

Gregori 7, East Union2

On Tuesday the visiting Lancers walked nine batters and six of them scored.

“This was our first game and it showed,” Herrera said. “We made some mistakes that cost us and didn’t pitch well enough to win. But we did have some positives to build on and grow from”

Cristian Flores (walk), Elias Andrews (run) and was 1-3 with a run scored and Alejandro Flores (run) all had a single for East Union.