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Late inning rally sparks Indians over Lathrop
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Through the first six innings, there was uncertainty about who would leave the diamond Saturday with a nonleague win, but the Ripon Indians were able to do enough damage in their final at bat to squeeze past the Lathrop Spartans 7-4 at Lathrop High.

Ripon found itself knotted with the Spartans going into the final frame. They used an offensive outburst to gain separation from the Spartans. Ripon exploded for a Ryan Durrer inspired rally, posting three on the Spartans in its half of the seventh and turned to Zach Evans to close the door.

Evans responded, sitting three Lathrop hitters down in order, and sending the final two to the dugout with strikeouts.

Durrer started the late-inning rally with a one-out base hit followed by a stolen base. Durrer would later come around to score on an Indians base hit for the game winning run.

Lathrop responded after falling down 2-0 to the Indians after three innings, taking advantage of a couple key hits from Jared Weiler and Michael Pereznegron to tie things up at 2-2 in the bottom of the third. Lathrop errors would lead to its second deficit, as Ripon was able to push across two in the fifth.

Yet again, the Spartans responded with two runs of their own when Pereznegron scored on a wild pitch after a pair of Alex Gustin balks moved the Spartans into scoring position.

“I’m extremely proud of how the kids played,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “They played hard and they played together.”

Ripon will be on the diamond Monday visiting Ripon Christian, while Lathrop will play host to the Riverbank Bruins Wednesday.

Johansen Tournament
Manteca 9, Johansen 5
Los Banos 7, Manteca 3
The Buffaloes were able to land their first victory of the Johansen Tournament, but dropped the finale against Los Banos with a late-inning collapse.

Manteca cruised to a relatively easy win over the host Vikings, getting a 3-for-4 day from Gabe Rellamas and a 2-for-4 outing from Zach Gase. Kevin Mueller got the win, going four innings before surrendering to Kevin Peck to finish things out.

Manteca lost the nightcap to Los Banos by allowing three sixth inning errors to lead to five Los Banos runs. Matt Burrows and Michael Timmins both collected a hit a piece for the Buffaloes.

Cory Van Warmerdam went 6 1/3, scattering just three hits before the collapse.

Manteca (2-2) will travel to Escalon Tuesday to take on the Cougars who are coming off a 4-3 loss to Sierra High in their last action.