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Buffs drop Game 1 in extra-innings heartbreaker

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POSTED May 23, 2010 2:07 a.m.
SACRAMENTO — Manteca High’s Michael Timmins was faced with the same situation in the 10th inning as he was in the fifth during the Buffaloes’ Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV semifinal contest with El Dorado at Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballpark Saturday.

In the fifth, Timmins drove in Kevin Peck and Trey Roberts with a two-out double for a 2-1 Manteca lead. But in the 10th, with Peck and Roberts both in scoring position with one out, his line drive to left was snared in the air by El Dorado’s leaping third baseman who forced out Peck at third to end the threat.

El Dorado went on to escape with a 3-2 victory in the bottom half of the inning when cleanup batter Nick Weber belted a no-out single with two runners on.

That was the type of day it was for Manteca (18-9-1), which continues the best of three series Tuesday at 4 p.m. The “if necessary” rubber match would follow at 7 should Manteca win.
“We just didn’t get little breaks to go our way,” Manteca coach Gene Ballardo said. “They’re a very good team and we were right there with them, but we had our chances.”

Manteca could have won it in regulation, but El Dorado (26-2) took advantage of an infield error followed by an RBI bloop single to shallow right in the opening frame.

It was otherwise an impressive outing for starting pitcher Matt Burrows, who was not intimidated by El Dorado’s potent lineup that has slugged 27 home runs this season.

The junior dueled with El Dorado standout Roger Gadow while firing nine strikeouts and scattering five hits in eight innings.

“He rises to the occasion,” Ballardo said of Burrows. “You look at his line — eight innings, five hits and nine strikeouts against a stacked lineup. Enough said. That just shows you what kind of person he is.”

Matt Barber, who picked up his 11th victory in a one-hit gem in Wednesday’s 5-0 shutout of River City in the postseason opener, gave up the deciding run in the 10th.

Gadow led off the frame with a double, and Kyle Buchanan, who has 10 home runs on the year, walked to set up Weber’s game-winning knock. Weber was 3 for 3 with two RBIs to lead all hitters.

Buchanan, who pitched the 10th for the win, finished 2 for 3 and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the fifth.
Roberts was 3 for 4 with a double for Manteca, and Peck was 2 for 4.

“I’m proud of the kids,” Ballardo said. “It was a good game; we just came up a little bit short. We’re just looking forward to playing again Tuesday and hopefully extend our season.”

— Jonamar Jacinto
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