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Manteca finishes preseason schedule with solid road win
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The Manteca Buffaloes wanted to close out its non-league schedule playing good baseball and winning ball games ,and the group has accomplished that feat, handling Argonaut High with ease in a 7-1 win Thursday on the road.

The Buffaloes (6-4) were able to get a strong performance out of pitcher Kevin Peck to set the tone against Argonaut. Peck tossed the first four innings of the win, holding the Mustangs to just four hits while striking out four.

Peck surrendered the duties to Cory VanWarmerdam who kept Argonaut quiet with two innings of no-hit ball. Offensively, the Buffaloes got all they would need from junior Daniel Miramontes who was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a home run.

Matt Burrows also assisted the cause, stroking a double and driving in a run.

“It was a good feeling to win the last nonleague game of the year,” Manteca head coach Gene Ballardo said. “More importantly, it was nice to get all 20 guys into the game and get the some playing time.

“It’s very rare that you get a chance to get everybody in, and I really enjoyed seeing that.”

The Buffaloes will open the Valley Oak League schedule with a trip to Sonora Wednesday.

East Union 5, Stagg 1
Stagg 2, East Union 1
The Lancers got a gem from Jordan Kron in the opener but could not leave Stockton with the sweep, dropping the nightcap 2-1 to the Delta Kings Thursday.

Kron was dominant in the first game, tossing seven innings of three-hit ball and holding Stagg to just one earned run. Kron struck out seven batters, walked two and hit one.

“Jordie looked sharp,” East Union head coach Dan Triglia said. “We’ve been gradually bringing up his pitch count and he was well within his range today. He was very solid; always around the plate and in total control of his pitches.

“Ronnie Limas caught that game and he did a good job of calling for pitches.”

Zac Carrillo was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Steven Gigli went 3-for-5 and came around to score twice. Brock Swift was 2-for-4 for the Lancers, with two doubles and a RBI.

Stagg was able to drive home the winning run of the second game with a sacrifice flyball, stopping the Lancers in the bottom of the seventh. Gigli made it two good games, going 2-for3 with a pair of doubles and East Union’s only run. Zach Lewallen was 2-for 3 in the loss.

Lathrop 10, Edison 4
The Vikings were able to take an early first inning lead on a pair of back-to-back triples and added two more in the second, but that would be all as the Vikings would yield 10 unanswered runs to the Spartans for the win Thursday.

Lathrop starter Michael Pereznegron gave way to pitchers Gabriel Castellanos and Jared Weiler who held Edison scoreless the rest of the way. Pereznegron made major contributions at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI. Calix was also 2-for-2, drove in a pair, and scored twice.

“The boys were resilient today,” Lathrop head coach Randy Baltazar said. “They could have easily given up down 4-0, but they came together and they found ways to win a ball game.

“I thought our relief pitchers threw solid shutout innings, keeping us close enough to score some runs.”