OAKDALE — The three seniors on Manteca High’s softball team were in elementary school the last time the Buffaloes knocked off Oakdale.
And all three came up big Wednesday, helping the club end a 16-game losing streak to the Mustangs with a 5-2 victory. Manteca last defeated Oakdale on April 18, 2008 and is 3-22 against the Valley Oak League powerhouse since 2005.
“There is no doubt that this is a big win for our program,” first-year Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “We have nothing but respect for Oakdale and what they accomplish time and time again, so for our girls this one was very special.”
Pitcher Haighley Kissee did well to limit the damage after Oakdale (1-1 VOL, 8-3 overall) led 1-0 after four innings. She struck out seven, walked two and scattered seven hits in a complete-game effort.
Tawny Deerinck and Sierra Martinez, Manteca’s other two seniors, supplied much of the pop on offense and drove in all five runs. Deerinck finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs and was a triple away of hitting for the cycle. Martinez walloped a triple, plated a pair of runs and drove in two others. Freshman Kaylee MacDanald scored once and went 2 for 4 for the Buffaloes (3-1, 11-4).
“I’m extremely proud of how the girls played today,” Farris said. “This was a win against one of the elite programs in our area with attitude and effort. We stayed focused and played with intensity for all seven innings.”
Ripon Christian 10,
Delhi 0 (5)
RIPON — Madison DeGraaf pitched a no-hitter for the Knights (1-1 Southern League, 6-4 overall), striking out eight in the process. She allowed two walks and hit one batter.
Katie O’Leary powered the attack with a 3-for-4 showing that includes two RBIs and two runs. Liz Thomas (RBI, run), Emily Van Vliet and Ariel Vander Woude (three runs, RBI) each went 2 for 3. Vander Woude opened scoring with a triple in the first inning.
Sierra 13, Lathrop 0 (5)
Sophomore Savanna Guzman got the nod in the pitcher’s circle for Sierra (3-0 VOL, 4-5 overall), and she fanned five in a mercy-shortened four-hitter.
At the plate, Mia Guevara produced a double, a triple, three RBIs and two runs while going 2 for 2. Kiara Baleva was 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs.
Kimball 16, Lathrop 1 (5)
TRACY — Taylor Phillips knocked in the lone run for the Spartans (0-4 VOL, 3-8 overall) in the top of the second inning and finished 2 for 2. Naoli Del Barrio, Cydney Garcia and Adelina Moreno (double) contributed a hit apiece.
Oakdale 12, Manteca 1
OAKDALE — Manteca plated its only run in the second inning.
Mikayla Lopez led off with a double and advanced on Alyssah Harnden’s base hit. Makenna Condit recorded the RBI with a sacrifice bunt.