TRACY -- Erin Arevalo stifled the potent Orestimba High softball team's lineup with her right arm. And she broke the Warriors' hearts with her bat.
Arevalo held Orestimba to two hits, then drove in the game's only run as East Union defeated Orestimba 1-0 in the first round of the NorCal Softball Classic at the Tracy Sports Complex.
It was a matchup between the Stanislaus District's top pitcher in the University of Georgia-bound Arevalo, and one of the district's top lineups in Orestimba, including LSU-bound shortstop Juliana Santos.
"I was excited for this game," Arevalo said. "Orestimba's a really good team. We've been looking forward to this one."
Arevalo set the tone from the first inning, when she struck out two of three Warriors batters, including Santos on a full-count pitch.
"A lot of people woke up early on their spring break to come watch this game," said East Union coach Brian Goulart, gesturing toward the crowd that filled and spilled out of the small bleachers. "It's so much fun to see kids playing with confidence and playing well.
"And Erin got to showcase her skills, too."
In the sixth, Arevalo gave her team the game's only score. With two outs, Lancers first baseman Cassie Waggy singled and stole second. Arevalo followed by launching a deep fly ball to right field. It hung in the wind, perhaps keeping it from going over the fence, dropping just inside the foul line.
"I was hoping it would go over the fence," Arevalo said. "Then I saw it slicing and was just hoping it would stay fair."
In seasons past, Arevalo might have been intentionally walked to keep the bat out of her hands. But Goulart said the Lancers lineup is much improved.
"Alicia Cook is hitting very well behind Erin," he said. "We've got a lot of hitting depth this year. We're all dangerous."
But the Warriors weren't done. Santos led off the seventh with a sharp single to right field, the second hit allowed by Arevalo. With one out, Santos was bunted to second base. But Arevalo shut the door, striking out Kara Spinelli looking to end it. It was Arevalo's 16th strikeout of the game.
"Just a great game," Goulart said. "Two great teams going at it."
EAST UNION 1, BUHACH COLONY 0 -- Arevalo struck out 12 and threw a two-hitter for EU, stranding three Thunder (10-5) runners on third base.
BUHACH COLONY 3, DAVIS 2 (9 innings) -- In the Thunder ninth, Cassie Kalupsa started on second (in accordance with the international tiebreaker rule), advanced to third on base hit by Alex Molina and scored on a groundball to third.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans' Laurie Chavez was sacrificed to third, then thrown out at home on a grounder to shortstop.
Kalupsa doubled and scored twice. Sam Nunes of Davis was 3 for 4 with a double.
ORESTIMBA 3, DAVIS 2 -- The Warriors' Kara Spinelli hit a two-out, three-run double in the top of the first after a dropped third strike to the previous batter extended the inning. Spinelli threw a seven-hitter in a duel with Desi Maldonado of the Spartans (2-6).
TRACY 7, MODESTO CHR. 2 -- Winning pitcher Morgan Hayes also singled, doubled and had two RBIs for the Bulldogs (8-3). Crusaders pitcher Kendell Taylor was 4 for 4 with a double and two RBIs.
MODESTO CHR. 10, GUSTINE 9 (6 innings) -- Freshman Brittani McGue took over in the fifth inning and earned her first win of the season for the Crusaders (8-3), and also had three hits. Teammate Erin Loretelli was 3 for 4 with four RBIs.
Jenny Barboa and Veronica Perry homered for the Redskins.
PITMAN 2, JOHANSEN 1 -- Daniele Almeida of the Pride outdueled Carissa Dunn of the Vikings -- both threw two-hitters. Dunn struck out 13.
JOHANSEN 11, DELHI 7 -- Sadie Coenen (3 for 4, 2 doubles, 2 runs, RBI) and Theresa Martin (2 for 4, 4 RBIs, run) powered the Vikings (9-4) to victory over the Hawks.
Bee staff contributed to this story.