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Manteca gets back with win over Hawks

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Manteca gets back with win over Hawks

Manteca third baseman Chellsee Lee make her pre-pitch preparation during the Buffaloes' 14-3 win over Central Valley Wednesday.


POSTED April 15, 2010 3:11 a.m.
Things were cruising along like the preface of a close Valley Oak League softball game and then Central Valley decided to get on the board with an inside-the-park homerun. That was seemingly the Hawks’ first mistake, as Manteca High would answer with a seven-run third on its way to a 14-3 win over Central Valley.

Manteca (3-3 VOL, 6-6 overall) pulled its league record to .500, rebounding in style from a disappointing performance against the Oakdale Mustangs a day prior. The Buffaloes clearly took charge in their half of the third, sending 11 batters to the plate with the big hit coming off the bat of Melissa Bond.

“The first inning we jumped out aggressive like we should,” Manteca assistant coach Corey Navarro said. “The second inning we were too aggressive and getting out in front of the ball, and then that third inning I told them to take a pitch, see something and drive it.

“We came back and batted through the lineup that second time.”

The Buffaloes took advantage of any pitch left in the strike zone and readily accepted their free passes when Central Valley couldn’t find the strike zone. Bond did the most damage, smashing a bases loaded triple to break things wide open.

Bond would place the club with a 3 for 3 effort at the plate, driving in three on the triple. Chellsee Lee also closed the mercy-shortened affair 3 for 3, as did Mia Ramirez. Ramirez came around to score twice, while Chandler Rose scored three times after going 2 for 2.

The offensive breakout was a far cry from Manteca’s unimpressive showing against Oakdale where the squad was no hit. It’s evident the Hawks don’t come with a pitching staff as potent as Oakdale’s, yet the differences in the two games were monumental.

“We faced a good quality team out there yesterday,” Navarro said of the Oakdale contest. “We opened that game getting hit by a pitch and absolutely did nothing after that. We didn’t react to their quick pitching fast enough. We found ourselves on our heels and looking at strikes.

“You simply cannot do that against good pitchers.”

Selena Gonzalez handled the Buffaloes pitching duties, going five complete and surrendering just two earned runs. Gonzalez had seven strikeouts and three walks. Teammate Rochelle Perez was 2 for 3 and scored a pair and Gonzalez helped her cause drawing a walk, getting a hit and scoring a run.

Manteca will try and keep up its solid play when they travel to Lathrop before meeting up with the Sierra Timberwolves.

“We are ready to go play Lathrop Friday,” Bond said. “So hopefully we can go into Sierra with a little momentum.”
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