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Burrows three-hitter helps Buffaloes beat Oakdale in extra innings
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In a replay of the Valley Oak League’s most pivotal rematch, the Manteca High School outlasted host Oakdale in an eight-inning battle that saw the Buffaloes explode for five in the bonus frame of a 6-1 win Thursday.

Manteca rode the dominant right arm of starter Matt Burrows, who edged out Oakdale starter Russell Longworth with an eight-inning, three hit masterpiece that included nine strikeouts. After Manteca pushed across the runs in the eighth, there was little doubt as to who would be throwing for the Buffaloes.

“He told me straight up, ‘I’m good coach’,” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. “I asked him how he felt and he told me he was ready to go and he could get those three outs.”

Burrows did exactly that, shaking off a miniscule Oakdale scare when Burrows hit a batter to load the bases in the eighth, only to induce an infield pop-up for the final out.

Manteca opted for the squeeze play in its half of the eighth, but the Mustangs were not caught off guard and made the play at the plate. Daniel Miramontes would follow the squeeze attempt by lacing a 1-2 pitch into leftfield for a 3-1 lead. Oakdale would follow that with a walk to Burrows only to serve up a 3-run homer to Danny Gouveia, spotting the Buffaloes with an abundance of insurance Burrows wouldn’t need.

Miramontes, Gouveia and Gabe Rellamas all finished the game 2-for-4, with Miramontes and Gouveia driving in two and three, respectively.

East Union 5, Kimball 3
The Lancers trailed by a run until a three-run fifth inning put East Union in the drives seat of the VOL win Thursday.

Zac Carrillo went the distance for the Lancers, scattering seven hits and striking out nine in the complete game win. Carrillo earned the win by striking out the game-tying run to end the game.

“Zac Carrillo pitched a heck of a game,” Lancer head coach Dan Triglia said. “He got stronger as the game went along.”

Justin Dias was 4-for-4 to lead the Lancers, driving in a pair and stroking a double, while both Ronnie Limas and Brett Riler got a hit in the win. Andrew Austin handled his bat with some success as well, laying dwon a couple of sacrifice bunts to get runners into scoring position.

Southern League
Mariposa 16, Ripon Ch. 2
Mariposa scored eight runs over the first two innings, putting themselves in position for the Southern League win early on.

Waterford would put it out of reach with eight more over the next two innings to complete the blowout. The lone bright spot for the Knights (3-7 SL, 5-12-1 overall) came off the bat of Aaron Fay, who smashed a solo shot home run.