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1951: Tracy ends Buff baseball winning streak

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POSTED April 17, 2011 1:42 a.m.
Eighty years ago, on April 10, 1931, Manteca High twirler Bob Silva, allowing only four hits, easily defeated the Hilmar High nine, the score being 13 to 3. Silva fanned four men and walked five and was given good support in the field. Outstanding Buffalo players were Lisle Percival, who hit four for six, Charlie Percival, who got three for four and Ray Forsell, who connected three for five.

In other sports stories from the Bulletin files:
90 years ago: April 15, 1921 - The 1921 baseball season opened officially in Manteca with one of the hardest fought and best played games ever played here. The Sperry Flours journeyed down from Stockton and met the newly organized Manteca team. “Spec” Shea for Jim Russell’s aggregation and Elmer “Gunner” Blodgett for Peltier’s Maulers staged a pitchers’ battle with Shea winning by one run, the score at the end of the ninth frame standing 1 to 0 in favor of the Stockton team.

70 years ago
: April 17, 1941 - Manteca High School’s baseball team suffered their first defeat Tuesday afternoon at the hands of the Ceres High nine by a slim margin of 3 to 2 in their first league game. Jim Theiler, shifty second baseman and the only Mantecan to score, tallied in the first and third innings. Chucker Willard Reiger, staying on the mound all of the seven-inning affair, struck out five batters, walked two and allowed six hits.

The Manteca Merchants won their first game in league competition Sunday on the local diamond, beating the Eastside Winery team by a 6-1 score. Pitcher Pete Evenson did yeoman duty with the bat, driving out a home run and a double.

60 years ago
: April 19, 1951 - Manteca High’s three-game winning streak came to an abrupt end last Friday afternoon when the Tracy High nine dropped the locals 4-0. Johnny Cabrera, who twirled the entire game for Manteca, gave up but five hits. Pete Arizcuren led the local hitters with two singles in four trips to the plate.

Manteca High’s track team absorbed their first setback of the season last Thursday when they traveled to Oakdale High to participate in a triangular meet with Oakdale and Sonora High Schools. Oakdale had 59.5, Manteca 42.5 and Sonora 15 points. The Buffaloes took a first in the 880 relay and Gene Peterson took the high jump at 5-9. In the lightweights, Lawrence Elliott took firsts in both hurdle events and in the broad jump.

50 years ago
: April 13, 1961 - John Zimmerman was a double winner in the hurdles events but that wasn’t enough as Manteca High dropped a lopsided decision to Oakdale High last Thursday afternoon on the winners’ track. Oakdale won 75.3 to 28.6.

Manteca High got off to a poor start in their Valley Oak League opener last Friday as Ceres High broke loose for 10 big runs in the first inning and then coasted to a 14-2 win. Tim Brumley and Dewey Taylor collected the only hits for the Buffs.

40 years ago: April 14, 1971 - Two unearned runs on a pair of passed balls proved to be enough as East Union High thwarted a seventh-inning last gasp surge to defeat Escalon High 2-1 Wednesday in the finals of the fourth annual Sonora Baseball Tournament. Rick Munoz and winning pitcher Ken Richichi led the Lancers at the plate with a hit and a run scored each.

Manteca High’s hopes for a dual meet title in VOL golf play were dealt a severe blow last week when the undefeated Lincoln HighTrojans upended the local linksters 195-204 at Stockton’s Swenson Park. Randy Bobson shot a 37 to lead the Buffaloes.

After a staggering 5-0 loss to Atwater High two weeks ago, the Manteca High tennis team stormed back for three straight wins. The Buff netters downed Sonora High 4-1 yesterday. The win was highlighted by easy singles wins by Marty Hill, Terry Munoz and Scott Joslyn. In the doubles pairings, Bud Michael and Dave PapRocki hustled to a win.

When it rains, it pours, and when things start going wrong, everything goes wrong. That just about sums up the frustrations of Coach Walker Vick and his Manteca High baseball charges after the Buffs dropped a tight 3-1 decision to Ceres High Tuesday afternoon. Vic Liles and Bob Hernandez each got two hits for the Buffs as they dropped their fifth game in the last six tries.

Evening their VOL record at 4-4, the East Union High golfers took a 230-247 victory over Los Banos High on Tuesday. Low man for the Lancer swingers was freshman Ken Webb with a 42.

Doing battle with the best tennis squad in the VOL, the East Union High racketers were no match for the potent Lincoln High squad in a 5-0 shutout defeat.

30 years ago: April 17, 1981 - Manteca High committed two costly errors and tossed away a 9-4 victory to Edison High in the Gallagher Tournament on Monday. The Vikings scored six unearned runs, sending Brian Keeney to his first pitching loss of the year. The Buffaloes slapped nine hits, three by Todd Hardcastle, and two by Chris Louie.

For one of the few times this season, East Union High put together good pitching and good hitting as the Lancers white-washed LeGrand High 6-0 in the first round of the Orestimba Easter Tournament Saturday in Newman. Frank Herrera and Don Crawford had three hits apiece for EU, with Crawford driving in two runs. Tony Martin went the distance on the mound, giving up just four hits, striking out six and walking no one.
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