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ROUNDUP: Lathrop sweeps WAC twin bill with Pacheco
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Anthony Gallardo roped a walk-off RBI double in the eighth inning to get Lathrop’s Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Pacheco started with a thrilling 6-5 win.

The Spartans (3-1 WAC, 4-4 overall) later completed the series sweep 10-2 behind A.J. Duenez’s three-hit gem.

Duenez was also the winning pitcher for Game 1 after getting the final out in the top of the eighth inning. Jasper Tovar threw the first 7 2/3 innings, striking out six while yielding five runs (one earned), on six hits and three walks.

Lathrop totaled 11 hits in the opener, getting three each from Gallardo (3 for 5, run, two steals) and Duenez (3 for 4, double, run, RBI, three steals).

In Game 2, Duenez battled through four defensive errors and didn’t give up any earned runs. He struck out two against three walks and shined again offensive, going 2 for 2 with a triple, three runs, three steals and two RBIs.

Omare Cross (run, RBI), Jordan Blasé (three RBIs) and Gallardo (run, RBI) also had two hits apiece. Tovar plated three runs.

Lathrop next has a two-game set with Beyer starting next Wednesday at home.



Lathrop 3, East Union 0

The Spartans (12-3) held off visiting East Union (6-8) in a competitive non-league sweep, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22.

Jerico Santillan and Gabriel Fa’ali’i thumped 18 kills apiece to lead Lathrop. Middle hitter Christian Buerster contributed four kills and three blocks. Santillan also had seven digs and three aces.

Setter Alexander Vere distributed 39 assists, and Lucas Baluyut racked up 21 digs.



Manteca 14, Fairfield 4

The Buffaloes raced away with a 10-run second inning in the non-league road game, improving to 8-0.

Fairfield (2-5) nearly extended the game when it scored all of its four runs in the fifth, but freshman pitcher Bel Tonna (nine hits, one earned run, two strikeouts) was able to stop the bleeding.

“Bel Tonna did her job today, pitching well and allowing her defense to work behind her,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “Once again, I thought we let off the pedal a little bit towards the end. I think we all know that our best softball is still ahead of us. I’m still waiting to see them play a completely clean game like we are capable of.”

Manteca supported its pitcher with a 14-hit barrage. Alesia Harris went 4 for 4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Jocelyn Baptist (double, run) and Sienna Lowery (double, run, RBI) were each 2 for 4. Nelly Torres added a triple and three RBIs.

The Buffs host Ripon next Monday.


Ripon Christian 11, Gustine 6

On Thursday, visiting Gustine (0-1, 0-8 overall) took advantage of errors to stake a 6-1 lead in the Southern Athletic League tilt, but the Knights (1-0, 2-2) countered with 10 unanswered runs in the final four innings.

Shelby Terra went the distance from the pitcher’s circle, giving up just one earned run. Taylor Postma led the attack, going 3 for 3 with four runs scored and two more driven in. Kailee Alejandre reached four times in five at-bats.


JV boys volleyball

Lathrop 2, East Union 0

Lathrop made quick work of the visiting Lancers, 25-13, 25-10.

Justin Alvarez tallied five kills, four digs and three aces. Persius Fa’ali’i added four kills and four digs. Ose Onabahgbe had two blocks, Cameron Loyola served three aces, Jorge Reyes handed out 14 assists and Edmund Balungo led the back row with seven digs.