LATHROP — Lathrop finally got on the board with two runs in the sixth inning, but by that time it was too late, as visiting Mountain House downed the Spartans 8-2 Thursday in non-league baseball action.
“We were a half-step off,” Lathrop coach Doug Goff said. “We didn’t play very good defense behind our pitcher and at the plate it didn’t seem like we had the approach that we needed and had talked about.
“They just were not on top of their game today. I know we played a 10-inning game Wednesday until 6 or 6:30 but they have to be able to bounce back and play the next day.”
Christian Nuon (2 for 4, double, triple) led off the sixth for the Spartans (1-2-1) with a triple and came across the plate on a passed ball to make the score 8-1. Shawn Cummings then walked, stole second and came home on an error off the bat of Dominic Archibeque for the game’s final run.
“I just have to have the same approach in every at-bat,” Nuon said. “You just have to know you can do it.”
Colin Weis took the mound for Lathrop in the fifth inning and threw three frames of perfect relief, striking out six and inducing three infield pop-ups.
“I came out late because of basketball so I haven’t been with the team much,” Weis said. “This was my first outing after only one bullpen session.”
Goff credits Weis’s success to consistency.
“He was consistent with his mechanics and hitting his spots with his pitches,” Goff said of Weis. “He got the outs that we needed and they did not get the bat on the ball.”
The Mustangs (3-1) and the Spartans will move to the Western Athletic Conference next year
“We have been facing them in non-league for a few years now,” Mountain House coach Stephen Gatehouse said. “So, there is some familiarity there even before we get in the WAC with them.”
Sierra 4, McNair 0
Slyder Blythe went the first five innings on the mound for the Timberwolves (3-1), sprinkling six hits while striking out eight with no walks.
Jason Silva added two innings of no-hit relief, striking out three.
With Sierra trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, David Reyes belted a two-run single in to put the Timberwolves ahead 3-2. Sierra scored two in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Mateo Molieri and an RBI groundout by Julian Cantu.
Hunter Frisk was 2 for 3 for the Timberwolves.