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Manteca leaves 13 stranded in loss to Oakdale

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POSTED May 5, 2010 2:43 a.m.
OAKDALE – Manteca High had an opportunity to pull in a piece of the first Valley Oak League championship in 25 years, but the Buffaloes were only able to come close in a 4-1 loss to the Oakdale Mustangs Tuesday.

Manteca (9-4 VOL, 14-8-1) fell behind the Mustangs, who scored one in the bottom of the second and two in the third, giving themselves an uphill climb towards a VOL title.

“It really wasn’t anything fancy,” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. “They just got some timely hitting and that is what was big for them.

“We left 13 base runners on, so that didn’t help matters either.”

Brennan Williams handled the pitching duties for Oakdale, out dueling Manteca starter Matt Burrows. Burrows went the distance for the Buffaloes, surrendering eight hits and striking out nine. Burrows also handed out three base on balls.

Manteca left the bases loaded once, had runners on second and third with one out twice, and failed to cash in on either attempt. The Buffaloes will get another crack at the Mustangs Thursday, hoping to solidify their foundation on one of the three VOL postseason spots.
Robert Wise led the Buffaloes by going 2 for 2, while Daniel Miramontes stroked a double in his four trips to the plate.

Ceres 8, East Union 7
CERES – The Lancers (5-8, 10-13) were able to get two runners on in the seventh, after a base hit from Ricky Inderbitzin and Ronnie Limas getting hit by a pitch, but East Union could not finish the deal in its 8-7 VOL loss to the Bulldogs.

East Union fell behind after a two-run Ceres first inning, but a run in the second and one in the third tied things up. The Bulldogs would erupt for five in the fourth, seemingly pulling away until a four run East Union sixth pulled the Lancers to within one.

Freshman Jordan Kron started the inning by wearing a pitch, followed by RBI hits form Inderbitzin and Andrew Austin, followed by run scoring hits from Steven Gigli and Brett Riley. Justin Diaz brought East Union as close as it would get with a sacrifice fly.

“We had an opportunity to win it,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “We put together a great comeback; we just came up a little bit short.”

Inderbitzin led the Lancers with a 3 for 4 performance, while Gigli finished the game 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a RBI. Riley was 2 for 4 in the loss, and both Joe Modesto and Kron added doubles. Kron came around to score twice.

The Lancers will try and close out their season-series with Ceres with a win when they host the Bulldogs Thursday.

Sonora 10, Weston Ranch 0
SONORA – The Wildcats had no desire to let the visiting Cougars hang around, stopping Weston Ranch 10-0 in a mercy rule shortened affair.

The Cougars (3-10, 7-15) were led by Akiha Etu’s lone double in the loss.

“Sonora did a great job of throwing strikes and taking care of the baseball,” Weston Ranch head coach Dave Smith said. “They really dominated in every aspect of the game.”

The Cougars will try and give Sonora more of a challenge when they pay the Cougars a visit Thursday.
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