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Manteca’s Alex Gouveia is caught stealing by East Union’s Daniel Marquez on Tuesday in a 2-0 win for the Buffs.

POSTED April 4, 2018 12:56 a.m.

Manteca pitcher Ryan Ward faced two batters over the minimum Tuesday, striking out 11 and allowing just one hit as the Buffaloes blanked East Union 2-0 in Valley Oak League baseball action at Agostini Field.
“He’s a special kid,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said of Ward. “Any time he goes out there we have a real good chance of being successful no matter who is on the other side. And that’s a good ball club over there – a good hitting ball club – to keep them with one hit is a real dominant performance.
“And for us against their guy I thought our approach was pretty good. In our non-league we saw some high-velocity pitching like that just so this wouldn’t be new to us. Regardless of who they throw out there the kids have been doing a great job of adjusting, and that’s what athletes do. The way the guys are handling their business right now make it fun to be a part of.”
Ward retired the last 13 batters he faced, including striking the side out in the fourth and fifth innings.
“I have a whole bunch of confidence with my defense behind me,” Ward said. “In non-league we started off slow but now we are in our groove.”
Andrew Morones pitched the first six innings for East Union (1-2 VOL, 4-7 overall), and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when the Buffaloes (3-0, 10-3-1) strung together three consecutive hits for two runs.
“One inning and three batters,” Lancers coach Dan Triglia said. “Double, double, single – they strung those hits together and did a really good job defensively. Obviously Ryan Ward did a fantastic job but we expected him to throw well. He was on his game and we knew we were in for a battle because he doesn’t seem to miss a day, he is very solid.
“Defensively we were solid. Andrew Morones threw well for us except for those bunched-up hits in that one inning and we’ll take that from him. We just need to get our offense going somehow some way.”
Hitting out of the No. 9 hole, Dom Rea laced a two-out double for Manteca in the fifth and came in on Alex Gouveia’s double. Following a strikeout, Gino Campiotti belted a single to score Gouveia for the game’s final run.
“It’s always fun playing these guys,” Gouveia said. “It’s a crosstown rivalry and it makes it more intense and that’s how I like it.
“That’s how I like to play.”
Rea was the only Buffaloes player to reach base three times, drawing two walks in addition to his double.
“I think it’s good when I get on base,” Rea said. “Because when I get on base if Alex Gouveia gets a hit that’s going to advance me on the bases.” 

Sierra 15, Lathrop 2 (5)
Jesse Ortiz-Martinez blasted a grand-slam home run for the Timberwolves (1-0, 6-5) in an 11-run fourth inning.
Sierra’s Chase Sperbeck (three runs) and Jacob Peterson were both 3 for 3 with a double.
Shawn Cummings (2 for 3) and Justin Karlegan each had an RBI for the Spartans (0-2, 6-4-1).

Sierra 9, Lathrop 0
Louis Aquila threw a no-hitter against for the Timberwolves with nine strikeouts and a walk.

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