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Gonzalez drives in 9 in 27-run blowout
Mia Ramirez connects for an RBI bloop single in the first inning of Manteca High’s 27-0 rout of visiting Denair Thursday. - photo by JONAMAR JACINTO
Manteca High’s softball team is 3-0 for the first time since winning its first four in 2007 after pummeling visiting Denair by a football score of 27-0 Thursday.

The game was called due to darkness after the bottom of the fourth, when the Buffaloes hammered two homers, two doubles and a triple for their final five runs.

Manteca started the season Monday with a 2-1 win over Chavez in Stockton, and a 13-1 drubbing of Stagg Tuesday.

While he would have preferred for his team to be better challenged, first-year varsity coach Corey Navarro said there is still much to be gained from the non-league contest. From the first pitch to the postgame meeting, Navarro and his staff remained focus in teaching the game to a young squad that has seven underclassmen.

And being 3-0 at this point, he thinks, is a part of the development process.

“It’s huge,” Navarro said. “My goal this is year is to make the playoffs. I want these girls to come out with a winning attitude, and they’re showing it.

“We want to have a winning experience, that’s what we’re trying to build and they’re having fun doing this.”

One of Manteca’s underclassmen, returning sophomore 3B/SS Selena Gonzalez, had a monster performance. Her two-run jack that cleared the right-field fence in the fourth completed a 5-for-5, nine-RBI effort. She also plated three runs and was a double away from the cycle.

Doing so against two different pitchers who throw at completely different speeds  is what makes her outing so impressive.

“That’s what she’s capable of,” Navarro said of the lefty slugger. “Being realistic, she should hit .500 through (Valley Oak) league. She plays at a high level in travel ball, and she’s competitive.”

Sophomore Hailee Texeira (3-for-3, 4 runs, 2 RBIs) roped Manteca’s other home run in the fourth, hers an inside-the-parker.

The Buffaloes plated their first 10 runs in the opening frame and didn’t record an out until batting through the entire lineup.

Others contributing to the 21-hit barrage were: Mariah Navarro (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2B), Nicole Magnuson (3 runs, two RBIs), Anysia Bresino (2 runs, 2B), Mia Ramirez (4-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs), Sierra Garcia (2-for-2, 3B, RBI, run) and Dallas Mould (RBI 2B, 2 runs, 2 HBP).

Freshman Peyton Rose got the start in the chalked circle, throwing two innings while striking out six. Mariah Navarro pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Merideth Anderson smacked Denair’s lone hit in the second.

Ceres Tournament

East Union 7, Livingston 6

The Lancers opened tournament action with the first of two comeback victories. Trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth, EU batted around the order and scored five to take the lead for good.

Sophomore Laura Gann (2 RBIs), freshman Jordan Vinson and fourth-year varsity starter Jillian Goulart (2 runs) were each 2-for-3. Kristin Borst, also a freshman, pitched all seven innings for the win.

East Union 6, Merced 5

Standout slugger Cassie Waggy highlighted EU’s five-run seventh inning with a two-run knock that pushed the Lancers ahead. Kelsey Emerson tossed a complete game, and Salina Tiscareno batted 2-for-3.

Central Valley 6, Lathrop 3

Lathrop hurler Alicia Erlandson’s solid complete-game four-hitter was marred by six errors that led to Central Valley’s six unearned runs.

Jocelyn Castro led the attack with a 2-for-3 effort that included a double, triple, RBI and two runs. Joslyn Terra added two RBIs.

Beyer 8, Lathrop 2

Errors again hurt the Spartans, who committed six more for six unearned runs.

Alayna Asuncion went 1 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs.

Lathrop continues play at Rainbow Fields Saturday against Waterford and Golden Valley.