East Union hammers Bethel
East Union hammers Bethel
by Dave Campbell, Manteca Bulletin
Score early, score often. That is what East Union did Tuesday, plating at least two runs in every inning of an 11-0 five-inning mercy shortened win over visiting Bethel of Vallejo in opening-round action of the Sac Joaquin Section Division III softball playoffs on Garvine field at the Northgate Softball complex.
It is hard to say whether the pitching or the hitting was more impressive for the Lancers (253). Delaney Pamplin was a walk away from a perfect game for East Union, striking out eight and allowing no hits. Thanks to a 4-6-3 double play from Kianna Ahlstrom to Izabella Owen to Ragan Fowzer in the fourth inning, Pamplin faced the minimum.
“I felt pretty good tonight,” Pamplin said. “My arm was good, the defense behind me was great and having the offense we had helped a lot as well.”
Pamplin got plenty of the help from the offense that scored three runs in the first, third and fourth innings.
Alexis Erich (3 for 4, home run, three RBI, two runs) was responsible for the two East Union runs in the second inning when launched a 2-2 one-out offering over the center-field fence, plating Allie Tajii who had doubled in the previous at-bat.
“The wind always seems to be on my side,” Erich said. “On my first at-bat I hit a single to right and it was on a high pitch and I got on top of it. On the home run I was able to get under it.
“In games like these, things can get kind of slow but I wanted to keep working.”
Tajii was on fire with an RBI double in the first inning, an RBI groundout in the third inning and a two-RBI single in the fourth inning to go with her secondinning double. Izabella Owen (2 for 4, two RBI, three runs) came in on all three of Tajii’s RBI atbats as did Shelby Cefalu on the two-RBI single in the fourth.
“I was looking first pitch and trying to put it in play,” Tajii said. “I wanted to make things happen.”
The loss ended the season for the Jaguars (7-14-1) with the Lancers hosting Lincoln of Lincoln on Thursday at a time to be determined.
“This game warmed us up for our game on Thursday against Lincoln,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said. “Delaney (Pamplin) pitched like she was supposed to – she threw strikes.”
Tajii’s first-inning double hit the left-field fence in the air and her two-bagger in the second onehopped to the left-center fence.
“Allie Tajii is swinging so good right now it is unbelievable,” Goulart said. “She is hitting everything on the screws, so much so that even her outs are line-outs. Alexis (Erich) has always been a great hitter she has really joined the party this year. That’s a great combo and Mojica has been swinging great and it would be nice to see the bottom part of the order do what the top part is doing.”