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Buffs cant get on track in Johansen tournament
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MODESTO – Manteca High’s varsity baseball ran out of time in its Johansen Tournament 5-5 tie against Los Banos, but simply did not play well in a 7-3 loss to host Johansen Saturday in preseason play.

The Buffaloes (1-2-1) closed out tournament action with arguably their best performance, matching Los Banos to a 5-5 tie up until time-limit restraints called off the contest. Michael Timmins went 2-for-2 to pace Manteca, banging out a double and driving in a run.

Errors plagued Manteca late in the game as well as the tournament and it is something the Buffaloes will have to address before the Valley Oak League season gets underway. Pitching on the other hand has been ahead of the curve and has been somewhat pleasing for Manteca.

“Our pitching has been the lone bright spot for us early,” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. “It has really held up for us, because I have a couple of guys injured right now.

“Some of our pitchers are going longer than I would really want them to go.”

The Buffaloes struggles were evident in their loss to Johansen, retaking the lead in the third with three runs and surrendering it right back by giving Johansen two the following inning.

C.J Rivas led the club, going 2-for-3 with a double.

Manteca will try and right the ship immediately, getting a visit from the Pitman Pride Monday at 4 p.m.

“We didn’t hit the ball well this tournament,” Ballardo said. “We hit the ball against Atwater and afer that haven’t hit the ball well.

“We have a lot of work to do and it starts with our approach at the plate.”

Manteca 5, Johansen 1
Los Banos 5, Manteca 4
MODESTO – Alex Martinez went seven complete innings, striking out seven and holding the Vikings to two hits in the Buffaloes win over Johansen Saturday.

Danny Gouveia led the Buffaloes from the batter’s box, going 3 for 3 with a run and a RBI. Mikie Matthews went 1 for 3 and scored twice and drove in a run.

Manteca just missed out on closing tournament play with back-to-back wins, dropping a pop-fly and handing Los banos a come-from-behind win.

Gouveia did all he could do from the mound, striking out nine in six-plus innings of work.

— Jagada Chambers