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Buffs blasted by Oakdale’s 13-run 2nd inning

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Buffs blasted by Oakdale’s 13-run 2nd inning

Oakdale shortstop Katy Rissetto bobbles the ball as Manteca's Chellsee Lee begins her slide toward the second-base bag on a fourth-inning steal attempt Friday.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED April 4, 2009 6:20 a.m.
Manteca played one of its best games all season Wednesday against the only team to beat Oakdale in Valley Oak League play.

And on Friday, the Buffaloes hosted conference co-leader Oakdale and played its worst.

Things unraveled quickly for Manteca, which gave up 13 runs on 12 hits and two errors in the second inning of a 15-1 loss in five innings.

Oakdale (5-1, 11-2-1) had its first nine batters score during the onslaught, and everyone in the lineup had two plate appearances.

Coach Todd Hardcastle was left scratching his head over the lackluster effort after playing rival Sierra tough in a 4-0 loss just two days before. Sierra stunned Oakdale 1-0 on March 25.

“It’s what I don’t understand — we can play our best game one week and turn around and play the worst,” he said. “(Oakdale and Sierra are) both very similar teams — both have pitching, and both can hit the ball. But we played so much better Wednesday.”

The Mustangs started the second with three straight singles, and Marissa Toy drove in one with a triple. Monique Galvan spanked a two-run double to deep right center two hitters later, and the rout was on.

MacKenzie Taylor and Heather Snow each roped two RBI singles in the inning. Brianna Parker had a double, a single and scored a run.

To her credit, Manteca shortstop Trina Solario stopped the bleeding once she toed the pitching rubber. She gave up one unearned run in the fifth and three hits in her 3 2/3 innings of relief.

“I have to give props to Trina, she’s an animal,” Hardcastle said. “I can put her anywhere on the field and she’ll be our best player at that position.”

Solario also crushed a double in the fourth, when Manteca (1-5, 4-7) plated its only run.
Kayla Campbell led off with a base hit to break up Oakdale pitcher Andrea Lutz’s bid foir a perfect game. Campbell advanced two bases on wild pitches and jaunted home on a passed ball. Chellsee Lee roped a single in the same inning for Manteca’s third and final hit.

Lutz was otherwise outstanding. She struck out the side in the fifth on just nine innings to end the contest. She finished with 10 strikeouts and walked none.

It won’t get any easier for Manteca after next week’s Spring Break, as it ends the first half of the VOL season with East Union, the other first-place team, at home April 15.
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