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Firsts for Manteca, EU

MHS gets 1st win over Kimball; EU takes 1st loss

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POSTED March 29, 2014 1:02 a.m.

Manteca has finally broken though against Kimball, already a Valley Oak League powerhouse in just its fourth season as a varsity club.

Peyton Rose induced two pop-ups to end Friday’s Valley Oak League game with a Kimball base runner on second, and the Buffaloes escaped Tracy with a 6-5 victory — their first-ever against the Jaguars. Manteca was 0-6 all-time against Kimball coming in, with two of those losses decided by a run the past two years.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Manteca coach Corey Navarro said. “We started hitting the ball the way we’re capable of hitting. Our first couple games in league we had to face Oakdale and East Union, and Kimball is also a good team. Our younger players had been playing kind if timid but today the team as a whole came through. Hopefully it’s something we can keep going.”

Manteca (2-2 VOL, 5-4 overall) accumulated nine hits and was able to knock second-year sophomore Samantha Sarmiento out of the game.

The Buffaloes were down 3-1 after the first inning but tied it up in the top of the third on freshman Sierra Martinez’s two-run double to right. They took the lead for good with two more in the fourth and got a needed insurance run in the seventh when Aryanna Martinez drove in Tawny Deerinck, another freshman, with a single. Deerinck finished 3 for 4 with two of the team’s six doubles.

Gabbi Cox took advantage of a Manteca error to close Kimball (2-2, 4-4) with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Llesenia Torres singled and advanced to second on the error with one out before Rose wriggled out of the jam.

Navarro praised the efforts of third baseman Celina Cooper (2 for 4, RBI) on defense.

“Defensively Celina was phenomenal,” he said. “She turned a double play and had several balls hit to her. She had seven putouts and did a fantastic job in backing up Peyton.”

Manteca next hosts Weston Ranch on Monday in a make-up game that rained out earlier this week.

Oakdale 3, East Union 1

Oakdale (4-0, 10-1) stands alone atop the VOL after handing East Union (3-1, 9-1) its first defeat of the season.

It was scoreless in Oakdale through fourth innings before the Mustangs broke the ice with a two-out rally in the fifth. Kindra Hackbarth reached with a single and scored on Lauren Sanders’ flyball that was dropped in the outfield. Maddi Hackbarth later extended the lead with a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth.

East Union threatened to extend the game in the seventh as Michelle Castro’s leadoff single. Freshman pitcher Alexis Erich crushed a double off the fence to drive in the Lancers’ only run. She and Tea Solario (singled) ended up getting stranded on the corners.

“(Erich) pitched great, but we should have supported her better with our offense,” East Union coach Brian Goulart said.

Oregon commit Cherish Burks went 2 for 3 to lead East Union.

Lathrop 20, Sonora 13

The Spartans (1-3, 2-9) amassed a season-high total for runs scored Friday in Sonora.

Leading the way was cleanup hitter Jenny McLaurin, who crushed two doubles, plated four runs and drove in three. Kassidee Diaz scored three runs and had three RBIs. Freshman Adelina Moreno swatted three hits.

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