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Manteca escapes Sonora with win

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POSTED April 4, 2014 12:41 a.m.

Manteca standout pitcher Jacob Corn was relieved in the sixth inning with the Buffaloes holding a comfortable 6-0 lead at Sonora on Thursday night.

Or so they thought.

Sonora rallied to force extra innings, but Joe Menzel came through for the deciding RBI as Manteca escaped with an 8-7 victory in the 10th.

“I am extremely proud of the mental toughness we showed tonight,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “The whole team was intense the whole game, which was great to see.”

The Wildcats (0-2Valley Oak League, 6-5 overall) strung together several infield hits to plate five runs in the bottom of the sixth and tied in the seventh. Manteca (3-0, 10-2) retook the lead in the eighth before Sonora answered again to extend the game.

Menzel knocked in Lucas Vaughn on a fielder’s choice. Vaughn walked to lead off the 10th inning. Reliever Alex Jorgensen pitched out of a bases-loaded jam, and Dom Pisano closed out the final two innings for the win.

Michael Garibay was 3 for 4 to lead the Buffaloes at the plate.

Sierra 8, Kimball 2

The visiting Timberwolves (3-0, 10-2) won their ninth straight game behind Leo Soto’s complete-game effort in Tracy. He finished with three strikeouts and walked none while scattering 10 hits.

Ryan King was 4 for 4 for Kimball (2-4, 3-8) while Brennan Bowman added three knocks, but Sierra was able to capitalize on its opportunities.

The Timberwolves ran across five runs in the second to take a 5-1 lead, taking advantage of four walks, two hits and a safety squeeze. Kyle Oden accounted for two of Sierra’s six hits.

Oakdale 16
Weston Ranch 3 (6)

Cody Simerley drove in a pair of runs to keep the Cougars (0-4, 2-12) in the game early, but Oakdale (6-0, 9-3) scored 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings combine to break it open. Weston Ranch trailed 6-3 after the fourth.

“We played well in the first four innings but we had a couple of mental mistakes that hurt us after that,” Weston Ranch coach David Hager said. “Give credit to Oakdale, they do all the little things to win a game and they’re a good ballclub.”

Bryce Dyrda had five RBIs for the Mustangs, while Tanner Morgan and Trenton Pierson each plated three runs.

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