LATHROP — Joel Olmos and Alex Gouveia swatted three hits apiece, Jacob Moon added a two-run homer and freshman pitcher Ryan Ward was in full command as Manteca thumped Lathrop 19-0 in five innings Tuesday.
The Buffaloes (5-4 Valley Oak League, 13-7 overall) opened with a five-run first inning before exploding for nine in the second. They totaled 13 hits and 12 walks in the barrage.
“This was our best game at the plate this year,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “Our approach was very good. I am also impressed by Ryan and his ability to stay sharp.”
Olmos finished 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. Gouveia plated three runs and went 3 for 5. Kyle Rachels contributed two triples, two runs and three RBIs.
Ward struck out seven and walked two in the mercy-shortened win. Lathrop (1-7, 4-12) was held to two hits, one apiece from Christian Nuon and Jacob Eijansantos.
East Union 10,
Central Catholic 0 (5)
The Lancers (6-3, 12-6) are now alone in second place but remain three games behind VOL-leading Oakdale.
Fernando Segura twirled a one-hitter and struck out eight. Central Catholic (2-6, 5-14) broke up the no-no with a two-out double in the top of the fifth inning.
East Union rallied for six runs in the third, getting a two-RBI double from Mason James and a two-RBI single from Andrew Morones. Gyse Hulsebosch, who was 2 for 3 for the day, sparked the Lancers’ four-run fourth inning with a leadoff double.
Weston Ranch 2,
STOCKTON — The visiting Jaguars (3-5, 11-7-1) plated their lone run in the fifth inning on a balk, but Weston Ranch (3-5, 12-8) finally broke through in the seventh inning.
Larry Martinez and Manuel Rubio hit back-to-back singles with one out. C.J. Drain loaded the bases with a hit, but Martinez was allowed to score when the Kimball left fielder bobbled the ball. With runners in scoring position, Carlos Drain was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting up Rylan Tinsley’s walk-off sacrifice fly.
Rubio, who finished 2 for 4 with a double, was also the winning pitcher. He had two strikeouts and surrendered four hits and a walk.
Kimball fifth two-out error, followed by double and balk
Ripon Christian 6, Orestimba 4
NEWMAN — Ripon Christian (6-3, 10-5 overall) forced a three-way tie for second place in the Southern League after scratching across two runs in the top of the seventh for the win.
The Knights, Orestimba (6-3, 11-8) and Gustine trail Mariposa by a game.
Jadon Vander Molen anchored RC with four RBIs and a triple. Willem Hoekstra (triple) and Josh Kizer Vanderveer pitched two scoreless innings and earned the decision. Vander Molen pitched the first five frames and struck out nine.