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Manteca playoff contest postponed by rain storm

Manteca High sophomore Daniel Miramontes will try and help lead his Buffaloes into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Championship today in Sacramento.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED May 26, 2010 2:30 a.m.
The pressure of trying to extend its postseason took a back seat to rainy weather for the Manteca Buffaloes, as the Valley Oak League No. 2 seed’s elimination contest against El Dorado High was postponed until today by unfavorable weather conditions.

Manteca (18-9-1) advanced into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV best two-out-of-three second-round series with El Dorado after a 5-0 win over River City May 19. The Buffaloes stumbled in a 10-inning 3-2 series opener this past Saturday, setting up the win-or-go-home contest with the Cougars today at 4 p.m. in Dan McAuliffe Memorial Park in Sacramento.

If the Buffaloes can take advantage of the extra off day and win in the 4 p.m. contest, they’ll need to follow it up with another victory over El Dorado to catapult Manteca into the section championship.

“If anything the extra day off helps us,” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. “It gives our arms another day of rest.

“We are going to come in ready to play two games and we plan on being there all night.”

The Buffaloes will undoubtedly turn to the right arms of junior Matt Burrows and senior Matt Barber. Barber was nearly unhittable in Manteca’s win over River City, but walked away with the loss in his relief effort in game one.

Burrows was extremely effective in his eight innings of work against the Cougars, striking out nine and holding El Dorado to an unearned run in the first and a run in the fifth. Both hurlers should be available for use in case Manteca plays two games tonight.  

— Jagada Chambers
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