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Turlock hands Manteca 1st loss

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POSTED March 18, 2014 1:09 a.m.

Three NCAA Division I signees put their talents on display in Turlock on Monday.

Among them was Oregon-bound pitcher Jacob Corn of Manteca, which was dealt its first loss of the young season by Turlock High, 11-1. Both clubs are now 6-1.

Corn gave up three runs in five innings before getting replaced in the sixth, when the Bulldogs put together a seven-run rally that enforced the mercy rule.

“Turlock is a quality program — one of the best in the section,” said Manteca coach Neil MacDannald, a graduate of and former multi-sport standout at Turlock.  The Bulldogs are coming off a 28-3 year in which it reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South semifinals.

Turlock first baseman Austin Bush drove in four runs, plated two and smacked a double and a homer in his 3-for-3 effort. Catcher Brett Cumberland scored four runs and clubbed a solo jack while going 3 for 4. Bush is headed for UC Santa Barbara, while Cumberland has signed with Cal. 

Gavin Gaffaney also bashed a home run for the Bulldogs and racked up four RBIs. He is staying closer to home having signed with NCAA Division II Cal State Stanislaus.

Manteca couldn’t make its breaks all game, committing three errors while coming up with only four hits despite striking out only twice. Michael Garibay accounted for two of the Buffaloes’ knocks, and Buddy Reeder contributed an RBI triple.

It doesn’t get easier for Manteca; Turlock rival Pitman visits Buffalo territory today. Pitman (5-2) is responsible for the Bulldogs’ lone loss of the season.

“When you make mistakes against teams like that they make you pay,” MacDannald said. “There’s no time to feel sorry for ourselves, we’ll learn from it and be ready for (today). Pitman is another quality program that will challenge our resolve. I’m confident our kids will bounce back quickly.”

 

Patterson 3, East Union 2

East Union’s Lucas Garcia was robbed of a go-ahead hit in the top of the seventh inning when the Lancers had the bases loaded with two out. It was another tough-luck loss for EU, which fell to 0-6.

Host Patterson (2-5) did most of its damage in the third, doling out five of its six total hits in the inning. Freshman Santiago Cantu came through with the biggest knock, a two-run double.

Kyle Emerson was otherwise effective from the pitcher’s mound in his complete-game effort for the Lancers. Jake Danoff was 2 for 3 with a double. He also drove in and plated the team’s only runs.

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