Brock Swift came up with the big bomb to get his team back into the game. Then he finished it off from the mound for the win.
The senior was the spark in East Union’s 7-5 nonleague victory over Tokay of Lodi Friday at Agostini Field
The Lancers (4-2) led 2-0 after two innings before giving up five unanswered runs. Swift knotted it in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run jack to right center, scoring Steven Gigli (doubled) and Jordan Kron (singled).
East Union recaptured the lead in the sixth. Justin Nieto scored on a misplayed pop fly in center field, allowing Bryson Stonum to reach. Stonum was knocked home by Gigli’s single for the insurance run.
Swift pitched the final 2 1/3 innings in relief. He allowed a leadoff single in the final frame but picked off the runner. After a strikeout, Swift shut the door with a fly to right.
Kron got the start and was dominant for most of his 4 2/3 innings of work, striking out 10 while walking four. He was also 3 for 3 from the plate with two runs. Gigli finished 2 for 4, and Zak Lewallen was 2 for 2 with an RBI single.
The Lancers will next host Lodi on Monday.
Central Valley 3, Weston Ranch 2
The host Cougars (2-5) suffered a one-run loss for the second time this week and third overall for the season.
They got a sterling pitching effort from Tyler Scharnow, who fanned 10 batters and walked none in a complete-game effort. He limited the Hawks (3-2-1) to just three hits, while Weston Ranch belted nine.
Weston Ranch had a chance to even the score in the bottom of the seventh but left the bases loaded. Central Valley jumped ahead with three runs in the second before the Cougars answered with one in the bottom half. They closed in with their final run in the sixth.
Cristian Vazquez and Scharnow were each 2 for 4 to lead the offense. James Simerley finished 2 for 3. Jesse Furtado went 1 for 3 but left his mark defensively with a one-handed diving catch in the fifth inning that kept Weston Ranch within striking distance.
“We are really just about an inch away from putting together a great season,” coach Ron Wayman said. “The boys played fantastic ball today. They had the heart to come back and stay in the game.”
Tokay 5, East Union 2
Jacob Danhoff pitched well for the Squires (3-3) but gave up three runs in the sixth. He finished with four strikeouts while yielding a walk and four hits.
Andrew Ruiz scored twice and went 2 for 3.
Manteca 8, Gregori 6
The Buffaloes (4-1-1) will face Valley Oak League rival Oakdale starting at 1:30 in today’s championship round of the Larry Johnson Tournament in Modesto.
Manteca jumped out to an 8-0 lead Friday before Gregori answered with five in the bottom of the fourth. Alex Cardwell pitched the first 3 1/3 innings for the win, and Ryan Matthews threw the final 2 2/3. The game was called after six after reaching the time limit.
Nick Luchetti finished 2 for 3 with a triple and two runs. Anthony Kieffaber was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a triple, and the catcher also threw out four base runners.