Alyssah Harnden came through for the walk-off hit, completing a late comeback for the Manteca softball team in its 12-11 win over visiting Turlock on Tuesday.
Harnden finished with three RBIs, and the Buffaloes (3-0) overcame three errors with 16 hits. Kaileah Johannsen led the attack with a 4-for-5 effort that includes a double, three runs and two RBIs.
“This was one of those wins you are just happy to get out of there with a win, because you know you didn’t play your best,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “Defensively we were sloppy again today, but give credit to my girls for continuing to fight through adversity, staying positive and motivation each other to keep pushing ourselves for a win.”
It was an uphill climb throughout for Manteca, as Turlock rallied for the game’s first five runs in the top of the second inning. The Buffaloes jumped ahead 10-7 after a six-run sixth, but the Bulldogs answered with four in the top of the seventh.
Turlock racked up 12 hits and five errors in the defeat.
Isabella Gonzales (two runs, two steals) and Kaylee MacDannald (run) both went 3 for 5 for Manteca. Koryn Menasco struck out four in a complete game from the pitcher’s circle. Only five of the 11 runs she gave up were earned.
G. Davis 11, Lathrop 8
MODESTO — The Spartans (1-1) did well to avoid the mercy rule after surrendering nine runs in the bottom of the second inning on Monday.
Joselyn Hurtado went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs. Karina Lopez and Isabel Terra (RBI) each had a hit.
Lathrop Varsity Softball lost to Grace Davis High yesterday 11-8.
Atwater 3, Manteca 2
ATWATER — Manteca piled up 10 hits but did not have much to show for it in the season-opening defeat.
“You expect good results when you have 10 hits and only give up four,” Manteca coach Neil MacDannald said. “We played hard, we just need to find a clutch hit here and there.”
The Buffaloes scored their lone runs in the top fifth. Atwater led 3-0 after three innings. Kyle Rachels went 2 for 3 with a double and a run. Starting pitcher Ryan Ward contributed a double and an RBI. Dylan Gross hit 3 for 3.
Manteca 3, Ceres 0
CERES — Reigning Valley Oak League champion Manteca started its season with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-21 win.
Cameron Reis led the Buffaloes with 10 service points and was among the team’s leaders in kills and blocks. Kylan Chandler also keyed the attack, while Jonathan Borres and Kyle Reis anchored the back row.
“For our first time out, it was a chance to play and get our rotation stuff down and it went well,” Manteca coach Kevin Bolding said. “Ceres is a real good team. They went to the playoffs last year and have a lot of guys back, so this was a good start.”
Manteca also won the JV match, 25-18, 25-17.
Weston Ranch 3,
Mountain House 0
STOCKTON — Armando Mendoza (ace, five blocks) and Josh Ico (two aces, two blocks) hammered seven kills apiece, as the Cougars rolled to a 25-16, 25-16 25-15 sweep.
Golden Valley 3, Sierra 0
Visiting Golden Valley swept, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18.
Cyrus Hunter recorded four kills, three blocks and six digs for Sierra. Daniel Batres collected six digs and an ace.
Sierra lost the JV match, 25-21, 22-25, 7-15. Josh Marquez and Harsimran Kakh registered six kills and five digs, respectively.
Del Rio Invitational
MODESTO — Lathrop standout Christian Guzman finished 1-over 73 for a fifth-place finish at Del Rio Country Club on Monday.
The tournament included 90 golfers including top programs such as Archbishop Mitty, Jesuit and Granite Bay.
Sierra 91, West 69 (boys)
The host Timberwolves (2-0) had first-place finishes in all but two events.
Top individual performers include Nik Brink (200 free, 100 free), David Tolman (50 free, 100 breast), Erik Enriquez (100 fly) and Esteban Castro (500 free). The Timberwolves also won all three relays.
West 94, Sierra 77 (girls)
Meghan Tolman picked up the lone win for Sierra, as she claimed the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 12.71 seconds. She also took second in the 100 butterfly.
Lyza Stevens raced to runner-up finishes in the 200 free and 500 free. Ezra Moral took second in the 50 free.
JV girls swimming
Sierra 99, West 9
Jenna Bolton (100 IM, 100 free), Nathalia Rondon (50 fly), Riechal Martinez (50 back) and Vanessa Castro (50 breast) won their events in the lopsided Sierra win.