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Sonora rallies past East Union
Wildcats capitalize on walks, error in 4-run fifth inning
East Union catcher Joe Souza gets the tag on Sonoras Jackson McMillan for the final out of the second inning. The throw came from Lancers left fielder Adrian Afleje. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin

Sonora managed to get one good inning against East Union on Thursday and came away from Agostini Field with a 10-5 non-league baseball win.

The Lancers got at least one runner on base every inning, and in the fourth East Union’s Johnny Blackwell looped a Texas-League double to right field in the fourth inning to plate Devin Abrew and tie the score at 1-1. The Wildcats (3-0) answered back in the fifth taking advantage of three walks and an error while belting out four runs.

“We got some guys on base and we had some opportunities,” Lancers coach Dan Triglia said. “We are a work in progress right now.

“We did not get the result we wanted but we got better today. We played good for four innings but we have to play good for seven now. We cannot let the other team put up a crooked number on us. We have to be able to hold them down.”

Joe Bothelio started on the mound for East Union (0-3) and threw for four innings, giving up one run on seven hits.

“I thought Joe did a great job from the bump for the four innings he threw,” Triglia said. “That is exactly what we wanted out of him. We have to take the opportunities that we have to score some runs because we put a little bit too much pressure on our pitchers and our defense.”       

Lancers left fielder Adrian Aflleje helped keep the game close early on. With Sonora leading 1-0 with two out and two on in the second, Aflleje charged a hard-hit single off the bat of Jon Gilespee and gunned down Jackson McMillan who tried to score from second.

“Í saw him running and picked it up and threw it,”Aflleje said. “As he hit third base the ball was already out of my hand. I knew I had him.”

Baily Simons hit a pinch-hit two-RBI single for East Union in the bottom of the seventh to draw the Lancers within 10-5.

“It was situational hitting,” Simons said. “We were down by a lot and there were two people on, so I just tried to go to the opposite field to get the runs in.

“He had worked two pitches in on me and then I saw a fast ball that was a strike so I hit it. It was just a basic single to right but we had two good base runners on so we got two RBIs.”

Lucas Garcia had a two-out triple to the center-field wall for the Lancers in the first inning but he was left stranded at third.

The Wildcats had 12 hits.

“We did some things right,” Sonora coach Scott Johnson said. “We start four sophomores and we are just trying to get better all the time.


Weston Ranch 5, Stagg 4

At Stagg, sophomore Manuel Rubio pitched a complete game for the win and plated what ended up being the deciding run on a throwing error in the top of the seventh.

The Cougars (1-2) jumped ahead with a four-run rally in the final frame, but Stagg (0-2) answered with two in the bottom half and threatened to tie it at the end. James Peavey turned a double play to thwart the Delta Kings, snaring a fly ball in the outfield before throwing out a runner tagging up at third to catcher Steven Jasper.

Jasper hit a triple to highlight the offense, Peavy smacked an RBI single and Ryan Ostertag scored a run.

Ripon 10, G. Davis 1

Trent Murphy struck out 10 in a one-hit gem in Modesto. His lone blemishes came in the bottom of the first when he issued a leadoff walk to Cameron Sexton, who later scored on D.J. Cinco’s single to center field.

Cleanup hitter Zach Horwood was 3 for 5 to lead the offense. Jarrod Andrews hit a double and plated four runs in a 2-for-3 effort. Nick Price (two RBIs) and Murphy both went 2 for 4, as the Indians totaled 11 hits and seven walks.