STOCKTON — Weston Ranch’s Mi’Son Coilton saved the best for last.
Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh, Coilton blasted a two-out, two-RBI double to give the Cougars a 3-2 win over visiting Linden in non-league baseball action on Tuesday.
“I am really proud of our guys for the way they competed the whole game and grinded out the win,” Weston Ranch coach Dave Hager said. “We hit about seven or eight balls really hard and Linden made some great plays.
“I am proud of our guys for playing all seven innings and making adjustments. That’s what it takes to win.”
The Cougars (7-2) did not get on the board until the sixth inning. Anthony Aguilar led off the frame with a pinch-hit walk and Coilton (2-3, two doubles, three RBI, stolen base) doubled him home to make the score 3-1.
Then came the two-out pinch-runner miracle. With two down, Isaiah Maxi walked and gave way to Ja’Darius Encalade on first. Pinch-hitter Carlos Souza reached on an error and Isaac Espino came in to run for him.
Encalade stole third with the throw down sailing into left, allowing Encalade to come home and make the score 3-2. Anthony Aguilar walked, moving Espino to second. Both runners advanced on a pitch in the dirt and they came home on Coilton’s walk-off double.
With the Lions (2-5) no-hitting Weston Ranch through five innings, Austin Cappas did well to keep the Cougars in the game for the first 5.2 innings. Amir Bowen relieved Cappas and got the win.
East Union 6, Pitman 2
TURLOCK — The Lancers used a four-run sixth to secure the win.
Carlos Nieves and Sammy Nieves walked and Cameron Ceja singled to load the bases for East Union (7-2) in the sixth. Daniel Ruiz then blasted a two-RBI single.
Zach White later scored Ceja on a sacrifice fly and Ruiz came in on a delayed double steal when Andrew Mount drew the throw while stealing second, allowing Ruiz to come home.
Fernando Segura had a very efficient game on the bump for the Lancers, picking up the complete-game victory on just 82 pitches with one strikeout.
“He was locating the ball really well,” East Union coach Gene Ballardo said of Segura. “They put the ball in play but we had really good defense.”
Downey 5, Sierra 4
MODESTO — Sloppy play led in part to five first-inning runs for the Knights (2-5-1) for a lead they would not relinquish.
The Timberwolves (6-2-1) scored three in the top of the first inning behind RBI singles from Jesse Ortiz-Martinez, Joseph Lomeli and Slyder Blythe. Jacob Frisk added an RBI single in the sixth.
Sierra left runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
“We made a push the last couple of innings to come within striking distance,” Timberwolves coach Travis Thomson said. “But we couldn’t get that big two-out hit.”
Waterford 3, Ripon Christian 2
WATERFORD — The host Wildcats (2-0 Southern League, 7-1 overall) scored two runs in the sixth for the come-from-behind win.
Madison DeGraaf five hits over six innings pitched for the Knights (1-1, 5-3) with five strikeouts and three runs, two of which were earned.
DeGraaf was 2 for 3. Natalie Mendes had the only other hit for Ripon Christian.
TURLOCK — Southern Athletic League champion Ripon Christian showed well at the Crosstown Cup held at Turlock Golf & Country Club on Monday.
The Knights finished as the runner-up behind Valley Oak League power Oakdale in the team-scramble event. Oakdale won it with a 138, combining scores of two three-man teams. Ripon Christian ended with a 143, one better than third-place St. Mary’s.
Ripon 187, Livingston 233
RIPON — The Indians improved to 4-2 in the TVL with the one-sided win at Jack Tone Golf Course, getting solid contributions up and down the lineup.
Nico Ilardi and Jacob Baird, their Nos. 1 and 6 players, respectively, finished as co-medalists at 4-over 35. They were followed by Gage Anderson (37), Cade McCusker (39) and Aidan Nilsson (41).
Livingston’s Sahejveer Bagri and Gustavo Aguilar each carded a 42 to salvage a league point.
Mtn. House 9, Lathrop 0
Garmen Gill was able to squeak out a game for the Spartans in a 6-0, 6-1 loss at No. 2 singles. Mountain House won the rest, 6-0, 6-0.
East Union 10, Pitman 8
TURLOCK — The Lancers scored four runs in the final two innings.
Anthony Flores knocked in four runs for East Union, going 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and a run . Austin Orr (3 for 4, triple, two runs) and Bennie Slaughter (2 for 4, run) added two RBI apiece.
Sierra 7, Modesto 0
Jakob Lopez and Zach Fonseca earned the shutout for the Timberwolves with Lopez striking out seven in the first three innings and Fonseca getting the win, striking out four over the next three innings.Jacob Martinez (two-RBI double) and Ryan Borgeson (double) both went 2 for 2 Sierra. Zach Fonseca went 2 for 3, Brendan Rapisura was 2 for 4 with an RBI double and Jordan Ordaz had a two-RBI single.