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Solario’s one-hitter leads to first victory

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POSTED March 13, 2009 4:19 a.m.
JACKSON — Manteca is 3 for 3 in quality efforts but has just one win to show for it to start the preseason.

But coach Todd Hardcastle sees promise in his Buffaloes, who split their first two games in the Jackson Tournament Thursday.

Manteca (1-2), coming off Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to West in Tracy, battled Tokay tough in its 4-1 tournament-opening loss.

Chelsea Cargill’s base hit to plate Melissa Bond (singled) in the bottom of the second tied it at 1, but four errors led to Tokay runs in the fourth and fifth before time ran out.

Sophomore Mariah Navarro was solid from the pitcher’s stripe for the second straight day, giving up just four hits and an earned run (a homer).

“Mariah has been a surprise,” Hardcastle said. “She’s pitched real well, but those four errors just killed us. Otherwise, we played another good game. I thought we outplayed them, and we had more hits (5-4) than they did.”

Navarro switched spots with shortstop Trina Solario for the second game, and Solario was excellent. She registered four strikeouts in a one-hit gem to lead the Buffaloes to a 9-0, five-inning win over River City of West Sacramento.

Solario helped her own cause with an RBI and a run from the plate.

The Buffaloes broke it open with six runs in the fifth, when Danielle Roberts (2 for 2) crushed the second of her two doubles for two runs.

“We definitely needed that one,” Hardcastle said. “The girls just needed that ‘W’ to get something going.”

Navarro was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a run. Raylynn Saint also plated a run and drove in two more, finishing 2 for 3. Kayla Campbell added a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI and a run, and Chellsee Lee legged out a triple.

Manteca continues tournament action Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

TRANS VALLEY LEAGUE

Escalon 7, Ripon Christian 0

In Ripon, the Knights allowed four Cougar runs in the first, but held strong from that point on.

Megan Hoeksma led off the home half of the first with a knock, but that would be the extent of the Knights’ production at the plate.

Sarah Nieweg got the start and went the distance, allowing eight hits and sending down six by way of strikes.

RC (0-1 TVL, 1-5) hosts Big Valley this afternoon.

Hughson 5, Ripon 3

(Wednesday)

In Ripon, the Indians took a 3-0 lead into the fifth Wednesday, and starter Kirsten Mortimer allowed just one hit through the first four.

But the wheels fell off in the fifth, when the Huskies racked up four hits, including a homerun and took a 4-3 lead.

“We played error-free ball and had it going for a while, but Hughson broke it open,” Ripon head coach Robert Vernon said.

Paulina Ceja and Kendra Contente both went 1 for 3 with a run scored, and Mortimer added a two-run double. Ali Azevedo scored a run.

“We played very well against a team that’s traditionally in the playoffs,” Vernon said.

The Indians (0-1 TVL, 1-4) travel to Vacaville Christian today before hosting Victory Christian Monday and Modesto Christian Tuesday.

— Bulletin staff

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