Kyle Rachels struck out five and allowed just one hit over 5 1/3 innings, helping Manteca surge past visiting Downey 6-0 in a nonleague contest on Thursday.
Andrew Brunn pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, as he and Rachels combined for the two-hit shutout. Rachels also went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs at the plate.
It was scoreless through three innings until the Buffaloes erupted for three runs each in the fourth and fifth.
“This was our best game overall so far,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “We played hard, threw strikes, played great defense and had a great approach at the plate. Hopefully we continue to improve as our schedule ramps up getting ready for Valley Oak League play.”
Alex Gouveia chipped in two runs and an RBI double. Ferrin Manuleleua also had a double and an RBI.
Sierra 3, Modesto 1
MODESTO — Chase Sperbeck scored on an errant throw in the third inning and bashed a solo homer in the fourth, and it was enough for Sierra to top host Modesto on the first day of the Atch Pedretti Tournament on Thursday.
Sperbeck finished 3 for 4, as did Jesse Babauta. Mateo Molieri belted an RBI single in the sixth for insurance. Modesto (1-2) plated its lone run in the fourth when RJ Soria stroked a run-scoring single. Jacob Peterson and Jared Bagley combined for a five-hitter for Sierra.
Sierra (3-1) next faces Pitman in Turlock today at 3:30 p.m.
Sierra 255, Lathrop DQ
Lathrop standout Christian Guzman finished in the red for the second time in as many days at Manteca Park Golf Course, carding a 2-under 35 on Thursday.
The Spartans, however, were once again disqualified for not fielding a full team. Luke Marcello (56) and Sebastian Iniquez (70) also competed for Lathrop.
Nathaniel Livingston led Sierra with a 43.Other Sierra scorers were Jackie Thai (51) Evan Brazelle (52), Damian Simon (53), David Perry (56).
Manteca 14, Downey 1 (5)
The Buffaloes (4-0) dominated to their third mercy-rule win of the season, getting a combined two-hitter from Dylan Gross and Austin Kovacs.
Logan Quan went 3 for 4 with a triple, four RBIs and four runs to highlight the offense. Dominic Day plated three runs, drove in four and smacked a homer.