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Buffaloes cant hold early lead as EU explodes late
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What started out to be a nip-and-tuck pitchers’ duel got out of hand early at Manteca High’s varsity baseball diamond Tuesday.

East Union’s sophomore squad took the lead for good with three runs in the third and exploded with eight more in the sixth to end the game in six innings and escape enemy territory with a 13-3 Valley Oak League victory.

The Squires (1-0, 3-3 overall) sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth. Alex Dias started the outburst with an RBI triple, and Brock Swift and Robert Thompson each drove in a run with a single, and Josh Bond sent in two more with a knock.

Jesus Esquivel highlighted the third-inning rally with a two-RBI hit. Manteca led 3-2 after two innings.

Dias was the winning pitcher for EU, striking out nine, walking one and giving up three unearned runs on five hits. John Olague pitched an inning in relief and fanned two.

Manteca starter Danny Gouveia struck out eight.

The two teams will do battle again Thursday at EU’s Agostini Field.

Sierra 17, Weston Ranch 0

WESTON RANCH — Mike Leland was a perfect 4 for 4 while racking up seven RBIs, and Rodrigo Contreras and Austin Acker each contributed three hits for the Timberwolves.

Mark Crane got the win for Sierra after tossing three scoreless innings.

Ceres 14, Lathrop 4
LATHROP — The Spartans struggled on the hill, as two pitchers combined to give up 17 hits.

Jesse Palen, David Fonseca and Preston Rizzo each rapped out a hit and scored a run offensively.

Frosh-soph soccer
East Union 2, Ceres 0
CERES — The Squires (2-1) dominated on the defensive end and did not allow a shot on goal.

On the other end of the field, newcomer Shaun Nash punched in a first-half goal off a feed from Katie Hilscher. Vanessa Carpenter found Jagjeet Dhillon for EU’s score in the second half.

Oakdale 3, Sierra 0
CERES — The defending league champion Timberwolves (3-1) were dealt their first conference loss of the season while goalkeeper Lia Unterholzner’s streak of shutouts ended.

Oakdale jumped out to a 2-0 lead and scored one off a penalty kick.

“Our goalkeeper kept us in the game with about four one-on-one saves,” Sierra coach Joe Pires said. “We had very good looks but did not finish.”

Freshman softball
East Union 13, Ripon 0
Natalie Large dominated from the circle for EU (11-1), striking out seven in three innings of work. She and reliever Jill Costa (two innings) combined for a one-hitter.

Alex Scopas (three RBIs), Claire Just and Meagan JoJo (double) were each 2 for 4. Costa added a two-RBI double, and Alejandra Nieves legged out a triple.

— Jonamar Jacinto