Manteca and Oakdale visited East Union Thursday to open the Valley Oak League season, and while the Mustangs swept, the Buffaloes and Lancers split with the East Union boys claiming an 83-35 win, and the Manteca girls winning 66-55.
Ricky Acosta made one fatal mistake Tuesday afternoon at Manteca High, and for six innings it looked as though Acosta's first-inning fastball that Garrett Fisher parked well beyond the fence in center would be all the Lancers would need to claim their first Valley Oak League win.
WESTON RANCH - Fresh off its championship effort in the Big Valley Christian Tournament in Modesto Saturday, Weston Ranch knew it was in for a step-up in competition to open Valley Oak League action Tuesday.
FREMONT – Although Spreckels Park never trailed, South Siskiyou-Weed came back late to narrow the gap but could not close it as Rafael Diaz allowed just three hits in 5.2 innings to help Spreckels Park post a 6-4 victory Saturday in the California Division II Little League Junior All Star Tournament at Gomes Elementary School in Fremont.
VALLEY SPRINGS – Benny Slaughter came up big late in the game Monday for the Northgate 10-11 all-stars in a 12-8 win over Sunrise of Stockton in the consolation final of the Little League Section 6 Tournament at Duke Powers Field.
On nearly every play during 11-on-11 sessions, coaches routinely had to remind players to ease up when wrapping up opposing ball carriers on Monday - the first of three days in Manteca High's four-team summer camp.