Sonora was knocking on the door Tuesday, and East Union third baseman Justin Ontiveros slammed that door in the Wildcats’ face in a 2-1 win for the visiting Lancers.
Sonora entered the bottom of the seventh inning trailing 2-0 and loaded the bases with a leadoff double, walk and an infield error. A walk brought in a run, leaving the bases loaded with no out.
The No. 9 batter struck out, and the leadoff batter hit a weak fly to Ontiveros who made the catch and doubled up the runner at third to end the Valley Oak League contest.
“It was a very exciting seventh inning,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “It is always great to come down the hill with a win.”
The Lancers (4-3 VOL, 10-8) scored both of their runs in the second inning. With two outs, Trevor Huntoon singled and Andrew Ruiz walked. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and then came home on a double by pitcher Jordan Kron.
Kron went the distance for the East Union, striking out five and giving up three hits.
Oakdale 8, Sierra 6
The last two Mustangs at-bats were not kind to the visiting Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Sierra (4-3, 11-7-1 Valley Oak League) allowed Oakdale (6-1 VOL) to tie the game in the fifth with four runs behind two Timberwolves errors and a hit batter. The Mustangs scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning on a two-out wild pitch.
The Timberwolves built a 6-2 lead on a second-inning ground ball by Gerald Parente, third-inning RBI singles by Kyle Oden and Dakota Conners, a fourth-inning two-RBI single by Jake Souza and an RBI single by Gerald Parente.
Kimball 27, W. Ranch 0
Six Cougars errors led to eight first-inning runs for the Jaguars and Kimball never looked back in Valley Oak League action.
Logan Finley had great defense behind him and was able to keep Weston Ranch (0-7 VOL, 2-16) off balance all day. The Cougars had just one hit, a triple by Marcus Vega-Tatum in the third.
“We were able to hit their pitcher (Finley),” Weston Ranch coach Ron Wayman said. “But we hit it right at people.
“Obviously, this was not a good game for us. But now we need to come back and put together a good game against them on Thursday.”
East Union 14, Sonora 0
Kyle Emerson pitched a five-inning one-hitter as the Squires improved to 6-1 in the VOL. Todd Parcells and Chance Goatcher belted two hits apiece.