PATTERSON — One day after winning a pitchers duel against powerhouse Ceres, Manteca squeaked past Patterson 11-10 in a slugfest Wednesday.
Freshman Kaylee MacDannald capped her stellar effort with a go-ahead home run in the top of eighth, finishing 5 for 6 with two doubles, four runs and four RBIs.
“She squared every ball up and when we needed her twice late in the game she came through for us,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “What a great time to hit her first varsity home run. I couldn’t be more proud of her and all the hard work she has been putting in.”
Koryn Menasco went 4 for 4, and Tawny Deerinck went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Haighley Kissee pitched the final 5 1/3 innings and fired seven strikeouts for the win.
Manteca led 7-3 in the third, but the Tigers (4-6) answered with six runs in the bottom half and plated one more in the fourth. The Buffaloes (8-3) rallied for three runs in the sixth and seventh to tie it.
They begin Valley Oak League play at home Friday against Kimball.
“It was a hard-fought victory today,” Farris said. “Our girls battled the entire day and had some great approaches at the plate. It was as if they refused to lose today.
Weston Ranch 0 (5)
STOCKTON — Sierra had a perfect start to the VOL season Wednesday.
Lindsey Walljasper struck out all nine batters she faced, and sophomore Savanna Guzman fanned three over two innings for a combined perfect game.
“We had a good game overall,” Sierra coach Victor DeAnda said.
The Timberwolves broke it open with 13 runs in the second inning and finished with 18 hits.
Walljasper was also productive at the plate, slugging two triples for six RBIs in three at-bats. Freshman Samantha Lorge went 3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs. Nicole Gardner went 2 for 2, and Guzman was 2 for 3.
Sierra hosts Central Catholic next Wednesday, March 22.
Patterson 2, Manteca 0
PATTERSON — Patterson’s Delilah Garcia outdueled Manteca ace Alyssah Harnden. The Tigers plated their runs in the second and sixth innings.
Kaila Nelasco and Alannah Harnden accounted for the Buffaloes’ two hits.
Elk Grove 1,
East Union 0
East Union had two line drives fall inches foul, as visiting Elk Grove escaped with the win.
Pitcher Hayley Leonard scatted five hits over seven hits and roped one of the Lancers’ two knocks. Nadia Cardona tagged their other hit.
“That is the best team we’ve played in a long time and they really deserved to win,” East Union coach Rob Dietrich said. “It was really an enjoyable game.”