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1961: Flames burn Buffs in baseball

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POSTED March 27, 2011 1:23 a.m.
Fifty years ago, on March 17, 1961, the Lodi High Flames showed why they are rated as the top prep baseball club in the area by taking a close 2-0 win from Manteca High in Lodi. Manteca’s Tim Brumley turned in a good performance in limiting the hard-hitting Flames to four hits, but Lodi’s Don Webster was also stingy and held the locals to only two hits. The closest the Buffaloes came to scoring was the fifth inning when they loaded the bases with two outs. John Holbrook then smashed a long drive to deep right center, but the Lodi center fielder made a running catch with his back to the plate to end the threat.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:

80 years ago: March 26, 1931 - The Manteca High thinclads took part in their first meet of the season Saturday in the shape of a triangular meet at Stockton. Schools taking part were Oakdale, Stockton and Manteca. Only 14.5 points were taken by the Mantecans. Buffaloes placing first were Jim Barber, first place in the shot put, distance 43-10; and Ray Whitman, first place in the mile run, time 5:02.

Manteca High easily trounced the Denair High boys in the second CIF baseball game of the season by the score of 18 to 6 on the Manteca home diamond. The Denair boys found both Manteca pitchers, Lauritson and Escobar, hard to hit. Three of the runs they did score were  unearned. Charlie Percival, Joe Bettencourt and Harold Reeves each got three hits. Reeves and Percival also scored three runs each.

70 years ago: March 27, 1941 - The Manteca High baseball team chalked up another victory Friday afternoon when the local nine tangled with their traditional foes, the Tracy High Bulldogs and defeated them 13 to 0 in a seven-inning game on the Tracy lot. Leading only 1-0 in the sixth inning, the local boys went wild and scored 10 runs to put the game on ice. Tosser Lou Bronzan pitched a one-hitter, struck out nine batters and did not walk a man. Jim Theiler led the Manteca hitting with three hits, scoring three runs.

60 years ago: March 22, 1951 - The Manteca High baseball team turned in their best performance of the season Wednesday afternoon when they held the potent Lodi High Flames to a 6-2 win. The Buffaloes collected a run in the third inning as Henry Braghetta doubled and scored on a fielder’s choice. The other Buff run was scored in the fourth inning when sophomore Bob Turk opened with a long triple and scored on Frank Wiggin’s single. Turk led the local batters with two hits in four trips to the plate.

Eighteen members of the Manteca High track squad, accompanied by Coaches Ralph Brandt  and John Fekete, went to the Edison Relays last Saturday. Big surprise of the day’s meet was Manteca’s win in the Class A mile relay. The relay team was composed of Marvin Major, Ralph Lanting, Ed Sanders and Gene Gomas. They turned in a fine time of 3:44.4. Following Manteca across the finish line were Stockton College, Grass Valley, Sacramento, Modesto, Grant and Oakdale Highs.

40 years ago: March 24, 1971 - The lumpy greens at Swenson Park golf course didn’t seem to bother the Lincoln High swingers in the least as they sailed to an easy 194-242 win over East Union High in Stockton last Friday. Low for the Lancers was freshman Ken Webb with a 43.

Manteca High’s thinclads continued to move toward a spring showdown with Oakdale High when they gained their second dual meet win of the young Valley Oak League season 72-37 over Atwater High. The Buffaloes were led by sprinter Greg Williams. The Buff junior sped to wins in the 100 (10.3) and 220 (23.6).

Manteca High’s diamondeers continued their fine defensive play and hustle on the bases, but fell victim to the “Base on Balls” Friday at Los Banos High. The result was a narrow one-run loss, 4-3, at the hands of the Tigers, despite outhitting the host club. Gary Giest and Steve Kalin led the Buffs with two hits each.

Manteca High’s hot-shooting golf squad rebounded from their only loss of the season to post a convincing win over Los Banos High. Jack Mendosa  carded a 37 in the match.

The East Union High tennis team took a 3-2 victory over St. Mary’s High, marking the first time a Lancer tennis team has ever taken a VOL win.

East Union High’s chances of taking their first VOL baseball win of the year quickly diminished at St. Mary’s High last Friday as the Golden Rams took a 7-5 win.

30 years ago: March 25, 1981 - The East Union High tennis team ran into a buzzsaw  Tuesday afternoon as the Lancers were throttled by Los Banos High 14-1 in a VOL match. No. 1 singles player Jeff Percival came up with the only point of the match for the Lancers.

Putting everything together in one game, the East Union High baseball team took an impressive 4-0 win over Los Banos High in a VOL opener Tuesday afternoon. The major story of the day was the pitching of junior left-hander Adrian Racacho, who went the full seven innings, stuck out 11, walked three and gave up just two hits. Offensively for the Lancers, Mike Wood was the man of the day with two hits in three trips and two runs batted in.

Manteca High’s track team lost to Oakdale High 89-38 last week as Mike Cimoli (discus) and David Jimenez (two mile) provided the only first places for the Buffaloes. In the girls meet, Manteca High won by a 66.5-51.5 score. Becky Corley was the big winner with firsts in the 110 low hurdles (17.8), the 330 LH (51.0) and in the long jump. Pam Filippini was a double winner--in the discus and the shot put.

Led by Eric Davis and Bill Corder, the Manteca High golf team shot its lowest score of the young season on the way to an easy 194-225 win over crosstown rival East Union High on Tuesday. Corder and Davis posted 37’s to offset a fine 36 by medalist Dennis Essenwein of East Union. His round included an eagle.

The East Union High badminton team went against powerful Oakdale High in the VOL opener Thursday afternoon and the result was a 13-0 loss.

Lisa Klingman spun a five-hitter and drove in the winning runs with a two-out single in the fifth inning to lift East Union High to a 4-2 victory over Central California Conference affiliate Turlock High Thursday in softball action.

Senior Andy Campos no-hit Los Banos High 6-1 at the Manteca High diamond on Friday. Doug Huckabee and Mike Delmanowski had doubles for the Buffaloes.

Led by the singles play of Jon Shaefer and Greg Toy, the Manteca High tennis team cruised to an easy 14-1 VOL win over Los Banos High Friday afternoon. Shaefer and Toy each had three wins, while the doubles teams of Tim Wun-Clay Barkett and Jody Ruble-Ron Bylow won two each.
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