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Manteca pitchers combine for no-no

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POSTED March 8, 2014 12:04 a.m.

Lucas Vaughn struck out the first five batters he faced and was a pitch away from a five-inning perfect game in Manteca’s 10-0 drubbing of visiting Modesto Christian.

The Buffaloes settled for a combined no-hitter, as Alex Jorgensen finished the job with a 1-2-3 fifth and fanned two. Vaughn fired eight strikeouts in four innings and walked batter in the fourth to end his bid for perfection. Catcher Buddy Reeder threw out the base runner attempting to steal second, as Manteca went on to face the minimum 15 batters.

“Lucas threw first-pitch strikes to 10 of the 12 hitters he faced,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “He kept the ball down and hit his spots well. The kids battled at the plate and on the bases well, too.”

Reeder powered the Buffaloes’ offense with three RBIs and a triple while going 2 for 2. Vaughn added two RBIs, and Dom Pisano plated a pair of runs and stole two bases. The Buffaloes totaled seven steals.

It was all-around a good way to cap an undefeated first week for Manteca (3-0), which heads to Argonaut next Monday to begin another three-game week.

Tokay 4, East Union 0

The Lancers (0-2) took another tough loss Friday night under the lights Tony Zupo Field in Lodi.

They were on the other end of a combined one-hit gem from Tokay sophomore Nick Dentoni (five innings) and Bryce Graddy.

Marco Gonzales roped East Union’s lone hit in the sixth and was nearly driven in by a line-drive shot from Jake Danhoff. Tokay standout Alex Dentoni kept the shutout intact with a diving catch in the outfield.

 Jake Penix’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the second broke the ice for Tokay. Jake Jensen later drove in two of the Tigers’ three runs in the sixth with a two-RBI double.

East Union returns to Zupo Field on Monday to face Lodi High.

Argonaut 10, Lathrop 5

Lathrop pitchers were hospitable to visiting Argonaut (2-0), which took advantage of 11 walks and eight hits. The Mustangs galloped away with a five-run burst in the fifth and sixth innings combined to lead 10-3.

Lathrop (0-2) showed some fifth in the end. Santiago Kantun (2 for 4), batting ninth, clubbed an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth and scored the final run.

In the seventh, Richard Chavez (3 for 3, double, RBI) was hit by a pitch to start but was doubled off on a force at first after the following batter popped up to the pitcher. The Spartans managed to get two more runners on (Jacob Nunes, Felix Rodriguez) with walks but they were left stranded.

Sophomore Keenan Donatelli-Bryant added a 2-for-4 effort for Lathrop.

Argonaut’s Tyler Love was 2 for 3 with three runs, two walks and a triple. His two-run triple in the second inning gave the Mustangs the lead for good at 4-2, and he was knocked home by Miles Tomszak’s own triple. Riley Tomczak batted 2 for 3 with a run.

McNair 10, Weston Ranch 0

The Stockton rivals split their two-game set week.

Visiting Weston Ranch could only muster one hit (Cody Simerley) in six innings in Friday’s rematch. McNair built a 6-0 lead in the first two innings and ended the contest in the bottom of the sixth.

“We played a little tight, committed four errors and gave them extra outs,” Weston Ranch coach David Hager said. “McNair came out and played very well today.”

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