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Barber, Buffs blank Weston Ranch

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POSTED May 6, 2009 1:22 a.m.

WESTON RANCH — Matt Barber’s mound appearances all season have been short, be it as a starter or a reliever.

The junior pitcher again didn’t last long Tuesday in Manteca’s 6-0 victory over Weston Ranch, but he did log a full seven innings for the first time.

Barber produced an efficient three-hit gem on just 50 pitches, striking out six and walking three in the process.

“When you get pitching like that, nine times out of 10 you’re not going to lose that ballgame,” Manteca coach Gene Ballardo said. “He did a good job and was in the strike zone all day. Hopefully that rolls over into next year.”

Senior Ryan Knisely was nails from the plate in his final road game. He powered a three-run third inning with a two-RBI double and finished 2 for 2 with three runs.

Senior Sam Jorgensen (RBI, run), junior Malcolm Roberson (steal, run) and freshman Daniel Miramontes (two RBIs) were all 2 for 3.

Weston Ranch’s Antonio Joseph took the loss, and Brandon Matsumoto was 2 for 3 with a steal.

The season wraps up for both clubs on Thursday at Manteca High’s varsity diamond. The Buffaloes are 4-9 in the Valley Oak League, and 10-14-1 overall. Weston Ranch fell to 0-13 and 2-17.

— Jonamar Jacinto

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