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BASEBALL: Reigning champ RC gets top seed
Sierra, Manteca are Nos. 2 and 6 in Division III
Bulletin baseball 2019
Jason Silva delivers the pitch for Valley Oak League champion Sierra against rival Manteca. Photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

Ripon Christian has been awarded the top seed for its defense of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI baseball playoffs.
It begins next Tuesday with higher-seeded teams getting to host opening-round contests, and the remainder of the postseason for Division VI takes place at a neutral site that has yet to be determined.
Higher divisions shift to neutral sites in the third round on Saturday, May 18 when they become double-elimination tournaments. The finals are on May 27.
Second-seeded Sierra and No. 6 Manteca also get home games for Division III, and No. 13 Ripon starts on the road in Division IV.
Southern Athletic League co-champion Ripon Christian (17-6) is matched with No. 8 Millennium (11-13) of Tracy. The Knights may get a chance to settle their score with rival Mariposa (21-2), which has the other claim to the SAL title after the two teams split in the regular season. Third-place SAL club Waterford (13-11) is the No. 5 seed in the bracket.
Sierra (20-3-1), which rolled to an undefeated finish in the Valley Oak League under first-year Travis Thomson, gets a familiar first-round opponent in No. 15 Golden Valley (9-17), which the Timberwolves defeated 6-1 on March 9.
Manteca (15-10) can potentially have a rematch with its crosstown rivals if both clubs win their first two games. The Buffaloes welcome Western Athletic Conference runner-up Beyer (16-10), which edged out Sierra in the winners-bracket semifinal last year and stunned top-seeded Christian Brothers 3-2 for the Division III championship.
Also in Division III is fellow VOL member Oakdale (17-8), seeded fifth. Top-seeded Buhach Colony (21-5) has a 4-0 win over Sierra, which beat No. 3 Atwater (23-4), 5-2.
Ripon (11-12) sneaks into the postseason despite dropping its final four regular-season contests to Livingston and Hughson, the top two teams in the Trans-Valley League. The Indians get a tough draw in Division IV where they square off with No. 4 seed and VOL runner-up Central Catholic (14-11) in Modesto.
Topping the bracket in Division IV are WAC champion Los Banos (24-1) and No. 2 Casa Roble (19-6). They both start with first-round byes.