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Manteca eliminated from playoff contention

Oakdale’s Parker, Reali combine for perfect game

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Manteca eliminated from playoff contention

Oakdale's Marissa Toy stretches her fifth-inning base hit into a double as Manteca shortstop Mia Ramirez receives the late throw.


POSTED May 6, 2010 2:05 a.m.
Oakdale High junior Brianna Parker completed her string of dominance against Manteca schools in a big way.

After pitching a two-hitter against East Union April 26 and handcuffing Sierra for no hits last Friday, Parker tossed four scoreless innings and anchored a combined perfect game in a 12-0 mercy-shortened victory over host Manteca Wednesday.

The Buffaloes (6-7 Valley Oak League, 9-10 overall) were mathematically eliminated from Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV postseason contention with the loss, while Oakdale (12-1, 17-6-1) maintains its one-game lead over East Union for the conference’s top spot.

Parker cruised in her four innings of work, striking out seven. Her other five outs were infield grounders. Sophomore Shelby Reali pitched the fifth frame and preserved the perfect game with an unassisted out to first, a pop fly to first and a swinging strikeout.

Manteca was off balanced at the plate and didn’t give itself a chance to stay in it on defense. The Buffaloes committed four errors during the five-run third before recording an out, and two two-out errors led to five unearned in the fifth.

“If you don’t get anybody on it doesn’t matter what you do on defense,” Manteca coach Todd Hardcastle said. “Parker is a stud, and she’s probably one of the best around — not just in the VOL.”

Parker drove in Oakdale’s first run in the first with a double. Leadoff hitter Kaila Olson was 3 for 3 with a walk, four runs and a three-run triple in the fifth.

Olson was given new life after a pop-up in foul-ball territory was dropped on the first pitch of her at-bat. She then connected on a 3-1 delivery to deep right-center field, and Marissa Toy drove her in with a double. Toy plated the final run on a throwing error.

Jenny Rissetto added a two-run single in the third, and Brooke Magnussen led off the fifth with a triple.

It was another rough outing for Manteca freshman pitcher Selena Gonzalez. She was in the circle Monday when East Union drubbed the Buffaloes 11-0 in five innings.

“Selena actually looked a lot better today than she did against East Union,” Hardcastle said. “If we make the plays that we should make it’s a different game.

“They did hit the ball hard, but they always do. But as a freshman she held her own today. I give her props, she did her part. You just can’t make errors against a team like Oakdale, or they’ll make you pay.”

Manteca dropped its third straight and fourth in five games, but has a shot at finishing at least two of its last three contests with Central Valley, Lathrop and Sierra coming up.

Manteca launched itself into the playoff picture at the end of the first half of league play when it stunned Sierra 1-0 on April 19.

“If we win our last three we’re over .500, and we haven’t done that in a few years,” Hardcastle said. “We’re losing some seniors, but winning out would give us a little momentum going into next year.”
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