ESCALON — In a battle of unbeaten baseball teams, East Union put together another mercy-rule masterpiece Thursday in a 12-0 win at Escalon.
“The guys came out ready to play and I’m satisfied with our approach at the plate and we had some great pitching,” Lancers coach Gene Ballardo said. “It was a complete team effort. Everyone got in and took part in the win.”
Willie Segura threw a five-inning three hitter, striking out 10 and walking none.
He had more than enough support offensively, as East Union (3-0) totaled 16 hits. Leading the hit parade was Zach White’s 4-for-4 performance that included five RBIs. Segura also got in on the action, finishing 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Christian Nuon hit a home run and drove in three runs while going 2 for 4.
Sierra 3, Downey 0
Matt Dunham led off the home half of the first inning with a triple and was driven home on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Brendan Rapisura.
That was all the Timberwolves (2-2) would need, thanks to their three-man pitching gem. Winning pitcher Jakob Lopez gave up five hits and struck out three in his four-inning start, Kenny Kuwada breezed through the next two innings and Zion Bell closed it out for the save.
“Great pitching performance by all three players today,” Sierra coach Travis Thomson said. “They commanded multiple pitches for strikes and worked both sides of the plate with their fastball. It was exciting to see such a great outing from all your pitchers.”
Jesse Davies gave Sierra the breathing room with his two-out, two-run double in the third inning. Dunham also hit a double to finish 2 for 4.
Lathrop 3, Pacheco 0
LOS BANOS — Lathrop (3-0) began its defense of the Western Athletic Conference title, winning 25-16, 25-7, 25-17.
Jerico Santillan led the attack with five kills and four aces. Arman John contributed five kills and eight digs, Jaedin Mellion served five aces, Kyle Constantino collected 18 digs and two assists, and Tory Sumbler distributed 18 assists.
Weston Ranch 3, Lincoln 1
STOCKTON — The Cougars (3-0) continued their pre-league roll with a 25-14, 25-14, 20-25, 25-19 win at Lincoln.
Michael Bayot amassed 39 assists to go with five digs. Justin Nepomuceno tallied eight kills and four aces, and Andrew Salazar had eight kills and 10 digs.
Manteca 9, Weston Ranch 0
Ryan Foo defeated Michael Hillier 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match, and the visiting Buffaloes went on to roll to their second straight Valley Oak League win to start the season.
Nick Pio (6-0, 6-1), Kayson Neduvakkattu (6-0, 6-0), Ravpreet Grewal (6-1, 6-1), Kiersten Melan (6-0, 6-2) and Sean Samson (6-1, 6-1) also swept at singles.
Doubles tandems Jordan Navales/Bhavdeep Randhawa (6-2, 6-1), Luke Samson/Joseph Nguyen (6-4, 6-3) and Emiliano Hurtado/Juan Domingo completed the shutout.
Central Catholic 8, Sierra 1
Sierra got its lone point from No. 1 singles player Jason Machado, who took down Peter Fogarty, 6-0, 6-3.
David Martin was competitive at No. 4 singles but was held off by Nolan Crossdale, 6-7, 5-7. It was all Central Catholic from there.
TRACK & FIELD
Sierra girls 103, Weston Ranch 19
Katelyn Finnicum (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Abi Ali (shot put, discus) and Jenelle Rodriguez (1,600; 3,200) won two individual events each to highlight the Timberwolves’ one-sided VOL opener at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
Sierra boys 80, Weston Ranch 38
Returning state qualifier Holden Fishburn took first in the shot put and discus. Vincent Cruz (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Zach Curry (high jump, long jump) were other multi-event winners for Sierra.
JV boys volleyball
Lathrop 2, Pacheco 0
LOS BANOS — The Spartans held on for the 25-10, 25-17 WAC-opening sweep.
Javen Ceralde anchored the attack with seven assists and four aces. Lucas Baluyut added five aces and five digs. Yamma Shams also registered five digs.
East Union 5, Enochs 1
MODESTO — The Lancers opened the Jaguar Classic at Rainbow Fields with a hard-earned win over Enochs, which was ahead 1-0 after five innings.
That’s when East Union answered with five runs in the sixth, which was highlighted by Heighlee Mosher’s bases-clearing gapper. Tatiana Walter also had a key hit in the rally.
Brooke Grabowski was the winning pitcher, striking out five in a one-hitter.
East Union 14, Escalon 1 (5)
ESCALON — Game 2 of the Jaguar Classic was far less dramatic for East Union.
Janacia Pierce (2 for 2, RBI, run), Makayla Viri (2 for 2, run, RBI) and Hailey Reich (double, run) were among the standouts.
Sierra boys 91, Weston Ranch 23
Larry Azevedo (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Nick Corona (1,600; 3,200) and Dylan Rogers (100, 200) were the top performers for the victorious Timberwolves
Sierra girls 76, Weston Ranch 27
Sierra’s Olivia Donham took first in the long and triple jumps.