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Squires cap season with five-game winning streak
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East Union High’s sophomore baseball team ended the season on a high note with Thursday’s 6-2 victory at Sierra.

The Squires (10-6 Valley Oak League, 13-8 overall) will head into varsity play next year riding a five-game winning streak.

“It was a beautiful way to end the season,” East Union coach Mike James said. “I wish we could have started off league that way, but that happens.”

East Union never trailed, leading 4-0 after three innings before Sierra sliced its deficit in half in the fourth.

East Union got two solid pitching performances, starting with Colby Seibel’s four innings of work. Seibel gave up two runs on four hits while striking out two, and Bret Riley fanned three and yielded no hits in his three innings for the save.

Steven Gigli sparked the offense with his 2-for-4 effort that included four steals, a leadoff double to start the game and a home run. TeeJay Gordon went 2 for 3 with two doubles.

Freshman Johnny Waggy had five strikeouts in a complete-game effort for the Timberwolves (9-7). Alex Nuanez had an RBI single.

“Although we lost, my team left a good impression on the season with the effort today,” Sierra coach Greg Wilson said.

Lathrop 5, Sierra 5
The eight-inning tie was as good as a win for first-year Lathrop (3-8-2), which battled back from a three-run deficit late to force the extra frame.

Britney Rallios sparked the Spartans’ comeback rally in the sixth with a leadoff single, and Jocelyn Castro later singled in Dalia Iniquez to knot the score.

Pitcher Alicia Erlandson, who contributed a textbook sacrifice bunt in the rally, kept Sierra scoreless over the final three innings to preserve the tie.

Sierra 16, Lathrop 5
Victoria Schneider and Brianne Lenoci led the Timberwolves with a combined three-hitter to go with eight strikeouts.

Schneider also anchored the offense, blasting a double and driving two runs and plating two more. Shakira Lewis scored three times. Lily Gonzales, Shelby Shirron, Jennifer Marlow, Kayleigh Boswell, Lewis and Lenoci each contributed run-scoring hits.

Sierra closed the VOL season with a 6-2 record, and 14-3-1 overall.
— Jonamar Jacinto