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Buffaloes shut out, sweep reigning champ

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Jake Corn receives the pickoff throw from Manteca pitcher Lucas Vaughn as Oakdale’s Tanner Morgan slides back to the first-base bag safely.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED April 11, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Oakdale High’s recent run of dominance includes seven straight Valley Oak League championships and six Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles in that same span.

Sweeping the Mustangs in a two-game set is an impressive feat for Manteca. Shutting them down twice is something else.

The Buffaloes won the rematch 7-0 on Thursday, roughly 48 hours after winning 3-0 in Oakdale.

“Oakdale is the reigning champ,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “When you go to their yard you see banner after banner and they’ve won league I don’t know how many years in a row. Obviously it’s pretty special to sweep a team like that but we expect ourselves to play well and win games. Our expectation is to be even better on Tuesday than we were today.

“It is extra sweet because of the type of program they have and I have a ton of respect for them. You don’t run the league for as long as they did for nothing.”

Manteca (6-0 VOL, 13-2 overall) is one of two teams with perfect league records, the other being cross-town rival Sierra. That series isn’t until the second week of May when the regular-season comes to a close.

“We’re not done here, this is just the beginning,” said Lucas Vaughn, who pitched Thursday’s shutout for the Buffs. “We’re still look forward to Sierra and East Union, but beating Oakdale was a big accomplishment for us.”

Vaughn was efficient in his five-hitter and backed by a defense that turned two double plays. Right fielder Alex Garlets doubled off Oakdale’s Trenton Pierson at first to end the top of the sixth inning after catching a flyball.

Manteca’s defense set the tone in the second inning when Garret Bryhni led off with a single for the Mustangs (6-2, 10-5). Bryhni slid into an out at third base on Colt Parshall’s fielder’s choice to shortstop Michael Garibay, and one pitch later Manteca catcher threw out Parshall at second on a steal attempt. Vaughn needed just two more pitches to strike out Nolen Legan and get out of the inning.

Vaughn finished with five strikeouts and walked none in while throwing just 89 pitches.

“I’ve been thinking about this game since our win on Tuesday,” Vaughn said. “I just had my mindset right the whole time. Every time someone would come up I would think a couple pitches ahead.

“Jake (Corn) and I worked our butts off to pitch like that but our defense was phenomenal in both games, and our bats were just as good. We did everything that we needed to do to get the win.”

Corn (Oregon) outdueled Oakdale’s Bryce Dyrda (USC) on Tuesday in a battle of Pac-12-bound prospects, but he also did damage with the bat in both contests. On Thursday he went 2 for 3 with three RBIs.

“Both of their pitches throw with decent speed, so I figured I had to get my foot down and be quick to the ball,” Corn said. “The whole team did a good job of doing that and it paid off.”

Reeder was 2 for 3 with three runs and a double. Garibay drove in Alex Jorgensen (leadoff walk) in the sixth for Manteca’s final run.

The Buffaloes only had five hits but capitalized on an uncharacteristically off day for Oakdale, which committed six errors. Three of them came in the bottom of the first when Manteca jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

“It immediately puts pressure on the other team,” MacDannald said of the productive start. “It changes the complexion of the game a little bit. They like to run a ton but when you’re down by multiple runs that kind of takes that part of the game away.”

Oakdale’s Taylor Leach struck out five and gave up six runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk in his 4 1/3-inning start. Nick Mattos closed it out for the Mustangs.

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