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Ranch, Lathrop open tourney with victories
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Ron Wayman already has his share of heartbreaking losses in his first year as Weston Ranch High’s varsity baseball coach.

On Monday, he picked up his first win.

Led by Akiha Etu, the Cougars battled back from an early 5-0 deficit and upended Delta Charter of Tracy 10-5 in their first game in the McNair Tournament in Stockton.

Etu threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the win and was also 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs at the plate. Camron Turner pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two before getting the final out himself unassisted.

The Cougars scored three in each of the third and fourth innings and tacked on four more in the fifth.

Anthony Nunez helped spark the comeback with an inside-the-park home run and went 3 for 4.

 “It feels great to finally get that first one,” Wayman said. “By coming back down 5-zip, they really showed their heart, their desire and their ability.”

Weston Ranch (1-4) is coming off last Wednesday’s 5-4 last-inning loss to Liberty Ranch, a first-year varsity program with no seniors out of Galt.

In their season-opener Feb. 28, Weston Ranch allowed two runs in the bottom of the sixth to allow McNair jump ahead 4-3 and was able to salvage a darkness-shortened tie by plating a run in the top of the seventh.

McNair beat Weston Ranch 8-0 on March 7, and the two will meet a third time at 1 p.m. Wednesday in tournament action.

Lathrop 2, Argonaut 1

The Spartans (2-4-1) needed just a two-run rally in the second inning for the victory. They can thank the combined pitching effort of Oscar Calix and Pablo Chavez.

Calix gave up three hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings, and Chavez threw two hitless innings in relief.

“Oscar and Pablo did a great job of attacking the (strike) zone, and the boys behind him did a great job of playing defense,” said Lathrop coach Randy Baltazar.

In the top of the second, David Fonseca drove in Gabriel Castellanos (singled), and on the same play Alex Moreno scored on an error by the Argonaut left fielder.

Lathrop continues its run in the McNair Tournament Wednesday at 10 a.m. against Edison.