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Burrows’ no-no gets Buffs back on winning track

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POSTED April 14, 2010 2:57 a.m.

Coming off two heartbreaking, one-run losses to rival Sierra last week, the Manteca High baseball team reversed its fortunes behind a stellar pitching performance from Matt Burrows in a 2-0 win over the dangerous Central Valley Hawks at home Tuesday.

Burrows tossed a no-hitter for the Buffaloes (5-2 Valley Oak League, 10-6-1 overall), striking out five and walking three.

“He told me (Monday) during our bullpen session that his arm feels strong and live, and he carried it over to today’s game,” Manteca coach Gene Ballardo said. “You could see he wanted to get back in the win column, and we definitely couldn’t have done it without him.”

Burrows outdueled Central Valley’s William Mestas, who went the distance for four strikeouts and no walks while scattering five hits.

Burrows gave himself all run support he needed in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single, and Matt Barber doubled to drive in Trey Roberts in the fifth for good measure.

Barber finished 2 for 3 on the day.

Ballardo wanted to see more out of his team offensively, but taking the first game of the home-and-home series, he said, was huge. The pesky Hawks (1-4, 7-8) proved they could play with the best by opening league with a 7-4 win over three-time defending champion Oakdale.

Manteca will meet CV again Thursday before taking on league-leading Sonora next week.

“It was really good for us to get back on the winning track,” Ballardo said. “We don’t want to fall behind too much.”

Oakdale 6, East Union 3
OAKDALE — Joe Modesto, East Union’s normal starting pitcher on Tuesdays, shined in 4 1/3 innings of relief, striking out seven while allowing just one run.

But it was too little, too late, as the Mustangs (4-1, 10-6) plated its first five runs against Colby Seibel in the first two innings.

“We thought we’d switch it up because Colby had been pitching well for us lately, and the plan was for us to go with Joe in relief if things didn’t go our way at the start, which it didn’t,” East Union coach Dan Triglia said. “Joe kept us in the game and had a really good performance today.”
The Lancers (2-3, 7-8) squandered an opportunity to break it open in the first but left the bases loaded. After Oakdale scratched across the first two runs, EU came back in the second to tie it.

Justin Dias went 2 for 4 for EU with two RBIs and a solo homer in the seventh. Steven Gigli added an RBI double.

Ceres 11, Weston Ranch 2
WESTON RANCH – The Bulldogs used a four-spot in the fourth inning to pull past the host Cougars (1-4, 5-9).
Ceres (3-4) opened the contest with two in the first, but found themselves in for a fight until a forfeited opportunity in the early innings opened up a game-deciding breakout for the Bulldogs.

“We had bases loaded with two outs in the bottom-half of the second inning,” Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith said. “And they were able to strike us out. Leaving the bases loaded kind of swung the momentum back to them and they came up and put a four-spot up in the top of the third.

“We simply weren’t able to recover after that.”

Antonio Joseph led the Cougars with a 1-for-3 day at the plate, smashing a double and scoring a run, while teammate Brandon Matsumoto came around to score after a walk.

— Jonamar Jacinto
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