East Union High pitchers Andrew Morones and Jake Sousa combined to one-hit visiting Pitman on Saturday but that was not enough as the Pride eked out a 1-0 non-league baseball win at Agostini Field.
“Andrew Morones threw extremely well,” Lancers coach Dan Triglia said. “We got exactly what we wanted from him. He got his pitches where we needed them and he is going to be our starter on Thursday against Oakdale. Jake Sousa came in and kept on going.
“We fought through a little adversity there in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded and we kept them from scoring.”
East Union (3-1) got only two runners as far as second base and managed just three hits.
“The bats were a little quiet today,” Triglia said. “We put the ball in play but we didn’t put the ball in play with a lot of authority.
“Their pitcher did a good job of expanding the zone and hitting spots and changing speed. He was on his game and they played good defense as well. It was a good baseball game – sometimes you play a good baseball game and you still lose.”
Jake Sousa got two of the three Lancers hits, both singles.
“I was just seeing the ball well and hitting it hard,” Sousa said. “I was attacking it in my zone.”
Pitman (4-3) did not get a hit until the seventh inning and that was on an attempted sacrifice bunt that landed just right so as not to be able to be played.
Pride pitcher Garret Lema was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, took second and third on groundouts and came home on a wild pitch for the lone run of the game.
Originally scheduled for Tuesday, East Union hosts Oakdale today at 4 p.m. to start off the Valley Oak League campaign.
East Union 8, Pitman 6
The Lancers put up five runs in the fifth inning to secure the win.
Scotty Armstrong (2 for 4) and Victor Alonzo both knocked in two runs for East Union and Logan Harries had one RBI. Josh Grabowski went 2 for 3 with a double.
Carlos Alvarez pitched the first four innings for the Lancers, striking out four, walking one and allowing two earned runs. Marcus Sequiera went the next 2 1/3 innings, striking out three, walking three and giving up three runs and Alonzo got the save, going 2/3 inning with a strikeout and a walk.