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ROUNDUP: Lathrop baseball ends skid thanks to Alvarado’s 2-run double in 6th inning
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Lathrop’s baseball team snapped a six-game skid on Friday, coming from behind to knock off visiting Grace Davis 5-4 in Western Athletic Conference action.

Ezra Alvarado came through with the big knock in the bottom of the sixth inning, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double. Lathrop (2-6 WAC, 7-12 overall) plated three runs in the inning.

Alvarado finished 2 for 3.. Mathew Rankin was also 2 for 3 with a triple, a run, and an RBI. Lathrop totaled eight hits.

Anthony Gallardo was the winning pitcher, as he threw the final two innings in relief. He gave up three hits but no runs and no walks while striking out 1.

Tanner Bland went the distance for Grace Davis (4-4, 9-5), and Jacob Dorrity led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort that included a double, two runs and an RBI.

Manteca 14, Kimball 0 (5)

In the Tracy, the Buffaloes (6-2 Valley Oak League, 16-3-1 overall) broke it wide open with a nine-run third inning.

Cameron Jimenez was 3 for 4 with a double and five RBIs. George Mendoza went 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI. Nate Slikker belted a double and a triple, driving in three runs and plating two more in his 2-for-3 effort. He also stole two bases.

Christopher Chavez (2 for 2, two runs, RBI), Preston Smith (2 for 4, triple, two runs, two RBIs) and Jace Quitasol (2 for 2, two runs, RBI) contributed two hits apiece.

Mendoza (three innings, two walks, four strikeouts) was the winning pitcher, and Chavez (two innings, five strikeouts) closed out the combined two hitter.

Oakdale 9, East Union 6

Visiting Oakdale (6-3 VOL, 16-5 overall) gained separation with five runs in the fifth inning for a 9-3 lead.

Kirk Simoni hit a double and knocked in four runs for East Union (4-4, 12-7). Freshman Joe Alvarez struck out eight in four innings pitched. Glen Weber had three RBIs to power the Mustangs.

Ripon Christian 6, Le Grand 0

The host Knights (7-1, 13-7) rolled to the Southern Athletic League victory behind Dustin Hoekstra’s two-hit shutout. The senior ace amassed nine strikeouts while walking only one.

David Koolhaas went 3 for 3 with a run and two RBIs, while Grant Sonke finished 3 for 4 with two steals and three runs.


Ripon 7, Hilmar 1

Ripon (3-0, 9-4) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to race away with the Trans-Valley League victory.

Kharime Caratachea pitched a three-hitter, striking out eight. Hilmar (1-2, 9-9) was able to scratch across an unearned run in the seventh inning.

Seven different Indians contributed with at least one hit. Addison Naranjo (two runs) and Izabelle Spurzem (run) both went 2 for 3. Alana Hernandez hit a homer, scored twice and drove in two runs. Addyson Wilmshurst also had two RBIs.

Venture Academy 14, Ripon Christian 2 (5)

McKenna Hodgson went 2 for 2 with a double, a run and an RBI for host Ripon Christian (2-10) in the non-league tilt.

Venture Academy (5-4) was led by Tiffany Bruss, who went 4 for 4 with a double, a homer and seven RBIs.

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Lathrop 4, Grace Davis 2

Lathrop (5-3 WAC, 12-5 overall) rallied for three runs in the sixth inning for the win, getting a two-run double from Ayden Louie. He and Rueben Lopez were both 2 for 3.

They both also pitched and combined for a three-hitter. Lopez threw the first 4 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts, while Louie fired four strikeouts in the final 2 1/3 for the win.