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Manteca breaks game open with 5-run fourth

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Weston Ranch's Reianna Dominguez cracks a smile after just getting in ahead of Manteca first baseman Tara Dadsovich's tag during the Buffaloes VOL win over the Cougars Monday.


POSTED April 6, 2010 2:58 a.m.
WESTON RANCH – The Weston Ranch softball squad cut a 4-0 Manteca High lead to three with a run in the bottom of the third, but that would be as close as the Cougars would get in Manteca’s 12-3 Valley Oak League win Monday.

The Buffaloes scored two in the first and third innings, before eliminating the Cougars’ chances with a five-run fourth inning. The Buffaloes would add three more over the final three frames for good measure.

“I was very pleased with our girls,” Manteca head coach Todd Hardcastle said. “We jumped out from the very get, and we were hitting the ball right away.

“The five runs in that fourth inning really kept the pressure on them.”

Several Buffaloes had standout performances at the plate, including a 3 for 3 showing from starting catcher Dallas Mould. Mould drove in three runs and scored three times to pace the Manteca offense. Both Chandler Rose and Chellsee Lee finished 3 for 5, both driving in a pair and Rose coming around to score twice. Tara Dadasovich also raked for the Buffaloes, finishing the game 3 for 4.

The Cougars were able to scratch across a run early on, yet it was evident that the quality of game it would have taken for the Cougars to win was clearly not on display.

“They just had a couple of bad innings,” Weston Ranch head coach Melanie Berezay said. “We had stupid errors, stupid mistakes and obviously it cost us some runs.”

The Cougars were only able to get four hits off Manteca starter Selena Gonzalez. Alexandra Alvarado, Serena Hernandez, Raileen Romo and Miranda Holmes all recorded hits, with Holmes blasting a triple.

Manteca put together all the offense they would need in the fourth inning, but showed what they are capable of offensively for five innings.

“Manteca came out and was hitting today,” Berezay said. “They found all of the right spots to put the ball in almost every inning they went to the plate.

“Plus their pitcher did a great job today, she really pitched well.”

Gonzalez was indeed masterful, keeping the Cougars off balanced with an array of pitches, and pinpoint accuracy when trying to get ahead in the count.

“She’s a freshman and she’s only thrown about four games for us this year,” Hardcastle said. “We’re trying to work her in slow, but today she threw really well. She’s still working on a few pitches, but I really thought she did a great job out there.”

Manteca (2-1 VOL, 5-4 overall) will try and keep momentum rolling in the right direction as they play host to the East Union Lancers Wednesday. Weston Ranch (1-2) will not face any easier quest when they travel to Oakdale to take on the league leading Mustangs Wednesday as well.

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