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ROUNDUP: Lathrop sweeps Grace Davis in softball doubleheader
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Lathrop’s softball team broke away from a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning Monday, surging to a 12-5 to cap a doubleheader sweep against visiting Grace Davis. 

Lathrop won the first game, 10-7.

“We had our work cut out for us,” Lathrop coach Stephanie Maestretti said. “Grace Davis came to play.”

Emma Grisham and Ariana Fuentes shared pitching duties in both games, combining for a five-hitter in the opener. Lylliana Avila highlighted Game 1 with a two-run double. Ishmeet Uppal went 2 for 3.

“The girls did their job to get on base and manufacture runs by taking advantage of some walks and hit batters, but we never got that timely hit to just bust it open and take full control of the game,” Maestretti said.

In Game 2, Grisham gave Lathrop an early cushion with a two-run single in the third. She finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Shelby Aquino was also 3 for 5, driving in one run. Teaghen Sharifnejad reached with one hit and two walks. 

Lathrop next hosts Johansen on Wednesday. 


Ripon 7, Weston Ranch 6

Two misplayed balls followed by a base hit in the bottom of the seventh propelled Ripon (1-8, 3-9 overall) to its first Valley Oak League win of the season. The Indians rallied from an early 4-0 deficit. 

Weston Ranch knotted the score in the top half of the inning when Namir Brown-Sanger knocked in Steven Bustamante. Andrew Montano led the Cougars offensively, going 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Christian Cortes hit 2 for 4.

Dustin Tinsley pitched all seven innings for Weston Ranch. Ripon starter Branden Molthen struggled at the start but struck out nine straight in the middle innings to keep the score tied at 4-4.


Lathrop 3, Sierra 0

The Spartans improved to 2-1 after the 25-10, 25-20, 25-10 sweep.

Rael Carmesis led the charge with 15 assists, three aces and three blocks. Christian Green and Arman John paced the attack with six and four kills, respectively. Jerico Santillan had three kills to go with three aces. Tory Sumbler contributed 11 digs and three aces.

Ripon Christian 3, Mountain House 0

Justin Hofman accumulated 11 assists, five aces and four kills as the host Knights coasted to a 25-10, 25-14, 25-19 win.

Joel Van Groningen crushed six kills, while Josiah Reif had four to go with one block.


Ripon Christian 2, Escalon 1

Elle Van Wyngarden scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute. 

The defender was rewarded for her aggression, as Sarah Vander Veen set her up with a cross into the box. Van Wyngarden’s initial shot was blocked by the Escalon keeper, but she took advantage of the open net on the rebound. The host Cougars answered with their lone goal with a free kick in the 78th minute.

Vander Veen registered Ripon Christian’s first goal in the fifth minute, receiving a pass from Maya De Jong.


Ripon 227, East Union DQ

Ripon’s Trent Vink tallied a 6-over 42 and was low medalist at Manteca Park Golf Course. 

He was followed by Kenny Johnson’s 44, Jacob Baird’s 45, Jeremie Little’s 48 and Gage Anderson’s 48. The Indians return to Manteca Park today to square off with Sierra.