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Ranch baseball wins on Dilgs double
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Josh Dilg smacked the game-winning double, scoring Tommy De Anda from second base and helping Weston Ranch hold off late-charging Chavez 6-5 in a nonleague home game Monday.

The Cougars (2-3) led 4-0 going into the final two innings, but Chavez was twice able to tie it. Austin Welch cleared the bases with a three-run triple in the top of the sixth to make it 4-4, and after Weston Ranch recaptured the lead in the bottom half Welch came through again with the tying single that plated Noah Wallen. Welch finished with three hits and four RBIs and also pitched a complete game for the Titans (1-5).

Ryan Ostertag was solid in his five-plus inning start for Weston Ranch. C.J. Drain threw an inning in relief, while sophomore Manuel Rubio got the win.

Drain was 3 for 3 with a walk and three RBIs to lead Weston Ranch. Andrew Paden (run, steal) and Rubio (double, run, RBI) were each 2 for 3.

The Cougars begin their home-and-home series with visiting Edison today.


Bear Creek 12, East Union 0 

In a Tracy Tournament opener, East Union (0-5) gave up 11 runs on eight hits in the fourth inning alone.

The Lancers were limited to just two hits, one apiece from Baily Simons and Joe Bothelio. The team continues tourney play Thursday starting 3:30 p.m. against Alameda.


Patterson 11, Lathrop 1

At Patterson (4-1), Alex Keith-Espos drilled an RBI triple and later scored the final run on an outfield error to enforce the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth. Keith-Espos scored three runs from the leadoff spot. 

Three Tigers pitchers combined for a six-hitter. Lathrop (2-4) notched its only run in the fourth inning when Albert Flores reached on an error, advanced two bases on passed balls and crossed the plate on Johnny McCuaig’s hit to right. Flores finished 2 for 3 with a double



Lathrop 15, Edison 5

Lathrop (5-1) completed its nonleague series sweep of its South Stockton rival.

Samantha Fonseca buoyed the Spartans with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate that included a double and three runs. She also fired four strikeouts and was the winning pitcher.

Regina Juarez (triple, RBI, two runs), Desiree Mendola (double, RBI, three runs), Mariel Bertossi (three doubles, RBI, two runs), Adelina Moreno (three RBIs), Leslie Landeros (two RBIs, run) and Brittany Johnson (two) runs were other Lathrop standouts.


Ripon 7, Beyer 0

In Modesto, Ripon moved to 3-0 on the season behind Alyssa Harris’ four-strikeout, three-hit masterpiece. 

Taylor Jaquez drilled a pair of triples, finishing with two RBIs and two runs scored. Danielle Sperry (two RBIs), Mikaela Ferreira and Darian Vandermaaten (run, RBI) also had two knocks apiece.



Venture 247, Lathrop 276

Christian Guzman continued a stellar start to his high school career, turning in the low-round performance in a non-league loss to Venture Academy. Guzman fired a 42. Sam (52) and Geoff Fallon (57) were the only other Spartan golfers below 60.


Freshman baseball

East Union 3, Lodi 2

Brayden Hardcastle twirled a six-inning gem for the Pages, giving up just one run on two hits while Jacob Garcia held on to tally the save in the seventh.

Tyler Soulier reached twice, drove in a run on a safety squeeze and plated another in the fifth. Elias Andrews and Josh Bonds accounted for East Union’s other runs.