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Manteca senior catcher Buddy Reeder connects on a two-run home run that sailed over right field 320 feet as the Buffaloes improved to 6-0 after knocking off Ceres 9-1 at home Thursday afternoon.


POSTED March 14, 2014 12:48 a.m.

The Manteca baseball team  showcased its talent and potential Thursday during a non-league contest against visiting Ceres.

Senior catcher Buddy Reeder highlighted Manteca’s 9-1 victory with a 320-foot, two-run homer that helped propel his squad to a 6-0 preseason start.

“It was (three balls, no strikes), and I was just looking for something up,” said Reeder, who finished 2 of 3 with three RBIs and three runs. “I haven’t been hitting the ball at all. I finally squared one up.”

Reeder’s blast over the right-field fence handed Manteca a comfortable 6-0 cushion that it wouldn’t surrender – especially with the quality start the Buffaloes received from senior Lucas Vaughn.

After Reeder’s home run put Ceres (5-3) in a six-run deficit, Vaughn (three strikeouts, three hits, one run, no walks) came out and pitched a quick bottom of the second, only facing four Ceres batters and helped his defense get back to the dugout in a hurry.

“Ceres is a quality team,” Manteca’s first-year head coach Neil MacDannald said. “But we rose to the challenge. There’s a lot of experience on this team and I think we put pressure on them every inning. (Vaughn) did a really good job throwing strikes, keeping the ball down and keeping them off balance.”

So did junior Dominick Pisano, who relieved Vaughn after the fourth inning and closed the last three from the bump with little difficulty.

The Manteca left-handed slinger got into some trouble in the fifth when he hit the first batter and then walked the second to put two runners on with no out, however.

“We’re just kind of feeling our way out this year,” MacDannald said. “We’re going to expect (Pisano) to get outs for us out there and we’re going to count on him. He struggled early on in his first inning, but after he settled down and was nails.”

Pisano walked his first two batters in the fifth, but he struck out the final two batters he faced in the top of the seventh. He finished with four strikeouts, didn’t give up any hits and also had a 1-2-3 inning in the top of six.

From the dish, Pisano finished 1 of 2 with two walks and two scored runs including the game’s first score in the bottom of the first. Pisano got on with a walk and Reeder got on with the game’s first single. After Ceres got the second out of the first frame, Manteca went to work.

The Buffaloes’ standout senior and ace pitcher Jake Corn (2 of 3, walk, two RBIs, run) knocked a two RBI-single that brought in Pisano and senior shortstop Michael Garibay (1 of 2, double, run) for the 2-0 lead.

Manteca senior Ezequiel Diaz (1 of 2, two walks, two RBIs) got in on the action and made it a 4-0 contest with a two-RBI double that sent Corn and Alex Jorgensen past the plate.

Vaughn pieced a 1-2-3 first inning by inducing two routine plays and by sitting down Ceres’ Brad Bussard looking. In the second inning, Manteca’s Pisano led off by drawing his second consecutive base on balls and eventually came home with Reeder.

Ceres scored its only run in the top of the third when Bussard hit a fielder’s choice-RBI that scored Blake Tobler to make it 6-1.

Reeder showed off his defense – and cannon of an arm – after he ended the Bulldogs’ two-hit, one-run third by gunning Bussard down by two three feet after he attempted to steal second.

Manteca made it 7-0 in the bottom of the third when the team’s lead-off hitter Pisano executed a bases-loaded bunt that brought Jorgensen (1 of 3, walk, run) across the dish.

Reeder made it 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI off a Ceres error that scored Garibay. Vaughn (1 of 4) made up the final score with an RBI-single to shallow center that brought in Reeder.

“(Reeder) is a quality baseball player,” MacDannald concluded. “He’s been playing a long time and when he gets hot…I’m glad he’s on our team.”

Manteca’s next game is Monday at 3:30 p.m. against Turlock and then it will host Pitman on Tuesday.

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