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1980: Babe Ruth 13’s open tourney with win

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POSTED June 27, 2010 2:57 a.m.
Ninety years ago, on June 21, 1920, heavy hitting by Patterson and numerous errors by Manteca lost the game for the locals. The score was 12-6 in favor of the Panthers. Manteca lost the game in the second inning when the Panthers put six runs across the plate. Three glaring errors in this frame helped the Patterson runners along. “Red” Gutterson of the Sperry Flours, who filled in at short for Manteca, made three errors and helped toss the game away.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

60 years ago: June 29, 1950 - Traveling to Sutter Creek, the Manteca Junior Legion snapped a four-game losing streak by knocking over Amador behind the masterful five-hit pitching of Henry Braghetta. The final score was 5-1. Braghetta, making his first Legion start, was rarely in trouble. He struck out four and also collected himself a hit, and scored what proved to be the winning run. Howard Harrison got two hits for Manteca.

Last Sunday, the Manteca Merchants returned from Pittsburg with a 13-9 victory under their belts over Camp Stoneman. Fred Lacey, manager, pitched the Merchants to their sixth win against four losses. Pete Evenson was the big gun for Manteca with two homers, a single, and three runs batted in. The locals nicked two Stoneman chuckers for 15 singles.

50 years ago: June 30, 1960 - Finally finding the hitting power that has been missing throughout most of its games this season, the McFall-Grisham Junior Legion team collected 22 hits in two games over the weekend to break even in two contests. Bouncing back from a 4-3 loss to Lodi on Saturday, the locals downed Stewart Post of Stockton 4-3 on Sunday. Bob Teicheira led the Manteca team with three hits in four times at bat. Walt McDonald, who relieved starter Eron Grisham, received credit for the win.

The Manteca Merchants stretched their winning streak to three games and their seasonal record to 14-6 by downing the Riverbank Merchants 12-3 in a Tri-County League contest on Sunday. Darell Phillips tossed a four-hitter to pick up the win, while Carl McCutcheon and Jerry McAdam topped the hitters with two hits apiece.

30 years ago: June 28, 1980 - The Ace Tomato Babe Ruth 16-18 Baseball squad bounded back from its only loss of the season like true winners Sunday afternoon as the Manteca High-based team swept a doubleheader from cross-town opponent Tradeway Chevrolet on the East Union High diamond. It surely wasn’t a day for pitchers as Ace dismantled Tradeway 17-6 in the opener and held off a sixth-inning comeback attempt to gain a 12-9 decision in the nightcap. The two squads combined for 42 hits in the twin bill--11 of which went for extra bases--and 44 runs. A wild third inning in the first game, in which Ace scored 11 times, saw Randy Neto hit a home run, Ronnie Limas rip a triple, Scott Morris club a double, Gerald Capps, Chris Louie and Mike Womack all produce two singles, and Rex Tschetter had one. Capps finished the game with three singles and a triple and Morris had two doubles and a home run. Tradeway’s rally fell short in the second game, but Troy Vickerman finished with a double and a triple, and a double for Kevin Lehman.

Kelly Ellifritz executed a perfect final inning suicide squeeze bunt to give Souza’s Air Conditioning Babe Ruth 16-18 squad a split win with previously unbeaten Tracy CHP ina doubleheader played Sunday at Manteca High. Ellifritz’s clutch RBI in the seventh inning broke an 8-8 deadlock, handing Souza’s a 9-8 win and avenging a humiliating 21-2 loss suffered in the opener. Robbie Steves belted a home run in the game. In the first game, it was all Tracy as the visitors ripped Souza’s pitchers for 10 big runs in the opening frame. The Mantecans scored their only runs of the contest in the second inning when Todd Hardcastle ripped a double and Danny Triglia followed with a triple. Hardcastle and Bob Buhk each finished with two hits.

A quintet of local performers captured three individual first-place finishes each to help lead the Manteca Dolphins to a 511-106 thrashing of Gustine last Saturday at the Lincoln Pool. The five triple winners included Carina Reid, Cheryse Boyer, Michael Thomas, Julie Ann Brinton and Pat Schimke.

John Flores stroked four hits in five trips to the plate to lead Manteca’s 13 year-old Babe Ruth all-star baseball team to a 7-6 comeback victory over Modesto National in a first-round District 5 tournament matchup yesterday at Downey Park in Modesto. A total of three Manteca pitchers collaborated to yield just two hits in the win. Chris Harris started and went three innings, Jim Womack worked the next two and Todd Bean went the rest of the way.
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