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7th inning lifts MHS softball to win at Ceres
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CERES – Manteca did not plate a run until the seventh inning when the Buffaloes scored four on the way to a 4-1 win over host Central Valley in non-league softball action Monday.

Kaileah Johannsen and Koryn Menasco singled in the seventh for Manteca (7-1). Rhiannon Genilla doubled to score Johannsen and get the Buffaloes on the board. Alyssa Harnden’s fielder’s choice scored Menasco, Genilla scored on an error of the bat of Alyssah Harnden and Kaylee MacDannald tripled, scoring Washburn for a 4-1 lead.

Menasco held the Hawks scoreless in the seventh and struck out seven, allowing one run on seven hits. Bella Gonzales doubled for Manteca. 

“Their pitcher was dominant,” Buffaloes coach Josh Farris said. The middle and back end of our lineup came through and I’m impressed we battled back and didn’t quit. 

“Rhiannan caught the last couple of games and to see her come through with that big double was great.” 

Sierra 6, Modesto 3

MODESTO – Lindsey Walljasper and Elizabeth Kehle each had a solo home run for the visiting Timberwolves offense that racked up 11 hits. 

Walljasper started in the circle for Sierra (2-1) and went three innings, allowed four hits and one earned run. Savanna Guzman pitched the last four innings, yielding four hits and an earned run. 

Mia Guevara and Lisette Mejias were each 2 for 3 for the Timberwolves. 

“The girls played really well today,” Sierra coach Vic DeAnda said. “They came out and hit the ball hard with 11 hits.

“Everyone got to play. We had good defense but made some running mistakes. Overall it was a solid game.” 

Ripon Christian 14,

Riverbank 2 (5)

RIVERBANK – No rest for the weary.

Fresh off a Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championship and a berth in the NorCal championships, Ariel Vander Woude saw her first action Monday and looked to be in mid-season form as she went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two doubles and two runs to spearhead the attack for the Knights (1-2).

“She just came off of basketball, took two days off to rest and showed up for game today and did what she did,” Ripon Christian coach Lenny Rizzutto said.

Madison DeGraaf went the distance in the circle for the Knights, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. She went 3 for 4 with three RBI and two runs. Elizabeth Thomas was 2 for 3 with two RBI and a double and Nicole Chapman was 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs.

Mountain House 27, Lathrop 23

MOUNTAIN HOUSE – The Spartans (1-4) went up 17-0 in the first inning. 

Isabel Terra had a grand-slam home run for Lathrop and Sam Sales belted a two-run triple.


Manteca 7, Merced 1

The Bears (1-4) could not manage a run until the seventh inning due to the hot hand of Ryan Ward who allowed just two hits, striking out 11 and walking one.

Alex Gouveia led the Buffaloes (7-1) going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Kyle Rachels homered and went 2 for 3 with two RBI and three runs; Christian Cruz doubled with an RBI and Ward doubled. 

“Ryan’s command was great and we played great defense behind him,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “We also got some great hitting from our guys. Early on we hit the ball hard but right at people. 

“We knew if we kept the same approach they would start to fall. I don’t think Kyle Rachel’s home run has landed yet. That was a great swing against a decent wind in our face.”

Weston Ranch 16, Hilmar 1 (6)

Rylan Tinsley struck out 10 in five innings of work for the Cougars (3-1-2), yielding no runs on just two hits.  

Austin Kappas had the big bat for Weston Ranch, going 3 for 4 with two RBI, a double and a triple and two runs. Carlos Drain had three RBI, two runs and a stolen base; Amir Bowen went 2 for 3 with an RBI and two stolen bases and Carlos Souza had an RBI with two runs.

“We had great approaches at the plate,” Cougars coach Dave Hager said. We played solid defense and took care of the baseball.

“Ryan Tinsley threw strikes all day.”


Lathrop 3, Chavez of Stockton 0

STOCKTON – The Spartans (4-3) blanked the Titans (0-7) 25-18, 25-8, 25-14.

“We are still in our non-league schedule so we are trying to learn how to play together,” Lathrop coach Heather Anderson said. “Thankfully tonight we put ourselves in a position where everyone got to play.

“The guys had a good time because they got to play their game.”

Tyler Riggleman paced the Spartans with 14 kills and 13 digs. Gabriel Gutierrz tallied six kills and 24 digs; Adrian Corona had four kills and two aces and Rael Carmesis had 16 assists, two aces and 11 digs.

Ceres 3, Weston Ranch 2

CERES – The Cougars (5-4) lost a heartbreaker to the host Bulldogs (2-1), dropping the first two sets 25-27, 23-25 and rebounding to win the next two 25-22 25-18, forcing a fifth set won by Ceres 17-15.

“We improved with each game, even though we lost the final game,” Weston Ranch coach Debi Chavez said. “We should have won the first game but we had 15 unforced errors. 

“We came out ready to play the last game.”

Armondo Mendoza had 14 kills and seven blocks for the Cougars. Andre Salazar tallied nine kills and two aces and Milo Bayot dished out 18 assists along with four kills and five digs.


Yellow Jacket Invitational

PATTERSON – Aidan Nillson fired an 86 on the par-72 Diablo Grande Course to lead Ripon.

“We had some kids struggle but some show improvement and are heading in the right direction,” Indians coach Chris Musseman said. “We are young and inexperienced.” 

Nico Ilardi (96), Kenny Johnson (101), Cade McCusker (106) and Seth Whitley (123) rounded out the Ripon attack